Book Review | Apparent Danger

Title: Apparent Danger: The Pastor of America’s First Megachurch and the Texas Murder Trial of the Decade in the 1920s

Author: David Stokes

My thoughts:

This book contains about every little detail imaginable about J. Frank Norris, many of his years in ministry, when he killed a man, and also his trial.  I knew nothing about the man before I read the book but now I feel like I lived through the 1920s.  David Stokes has an amazing gift with researching and arranging historical facts so that it flows like a fiction novel.  It is rather on the long side; at times I wished for less facts because it was so long and sometimes a tedious read.  But overall I really enjoyed Apparent Danger.  J. Frank Norris was a very very interesting man and very controversial.  I am glad I learned about him and his life through this book. It was unbiased and showed all sides of every ordeal.  I enjoy history and learning about even the little people who had created a stir in the past.  It lets me take a step back from present day and find out how people lived in another time.  Times were different in some ways and not so different in others.  I am glad I didn’t live during the time of J. Frank Norris.  He wouldn’t have been a man I would have particularly liked or wanted around me.

Buy It: You can buy Apparent Danger by David Stokes for $24.95.

Disclaimer: This book was provided for review free of charge. I was in no way compensated for this post. Everything written is my own thoughts and feelings. Thank you!


Heather is a full time mom of 2 little boys (so far). She spends her days reading, writing, blogging, playing under the sun while also being mother and wife. She loves her life with her family in beautiful Charleston, SC.

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