McKenzie, Robert Tracy. The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History. Downers Grove, IL:Â IVPÂ Academic, 2013.
Review by Joshua Shiver
â€œOurs is a present-tense society,â€ historian Robert Tracy McKenzie notes, â€œWe live in a time and place in which thinking deeply about the past is a countercultural and even a radical act.â€ Twenty-four hour news channels, instant status updates, and communication with the click of a mouse or tap of a finger have made ours a world of the here-and-now. This myopic focus on the present has blinded us to the importance of our pastâ€”even as modern Americans grope for answers to societal woes in a post 9/11 world. As a graduate student, the question I am most often asked now is what I intend to do with a degree in history. Iâ€™ve realized that behind this less-than-subtle jab at my life choices, friends and acquaintances are really asking me â€œWhatâ€™s the point?â€ [Read more…] about Book Review: The First Thanksgiving