Book Review | The Wounds Have Healed by Lindon King
I am not really sure how to review Lindon J. King’s religious/historical work, The Wounds Have Healed the Scars are Bleeding. For starters, it’s only 18 pages. Eighteen. The cover price is $8.00. Eight dollars. But, I digress.
The topic that King attempts to tackle is slavery, its legacy and its aftermath. Unfortunately, given its brevity, the end product is barely a stab at a complex and multi-faceted institution that can fill volumes — and has.
There is another issue with The Wounds Have Healed. Sources, sources, sources! For example, on page 4, King states that The floating caskets were often packed with no less than a hundred human cargoes than their capacity. How would one know that? In a book dealing with history, the writer needs to attribute information to its source, use footnotes, and provide a bibliography. King does none of those things. I’m ignoring, obviously, the grammar and structure of that sentence for the sake of the bigger picture.
I have a degree in history and can truthfully say that King’s work would not be acceptable as a paper in a history class. That’s not to say that his intention is not noble or that the effort is not admirable. However, The Wounds Have Healed is better suited as a pamphlet to distribute in church.