This book is a biography of four stalwarts of Southern preaching in the 19th Century: Daniel Baker, John Henley Thornwell, Benjamin Morgan Palmer, and John L. Girardeau. Douglas Kelly is a captivating writer, and he presents these four men in a way that is both informative and enjoyable to read: He begins with their lives, discussing each in brief detail, from childhood through education and ministry to death. Kelly then devotes a chapter specifically to the preaching of these four men. Reading of their faithfulness and boldness while preaching the Word of God through trials and tests and learning about the beautiful work God did through them will certainly touch anyone who shares their love for good preaching, pastors and laymen alike. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn some of the history of American preaching and praise God for His work through four faithful men.