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James White: Innovator and Overcomer



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By Gerald Wheeler

ISBN: 9780828017190 | 256 pages | Review and Herald Publishing | Copyright 2003

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"The best man that ever trod shoe-leather."
–Ellen White

James White was a man of paradox. He loved the old gospel and the latest gadget. Generous to a fault, he was bedeviled by rumors regarding his use of money. At times "cutting and slashing" in speech, he nevertheless touched the lives of thousands.

"Stick to farming," said his friends. But young James had grander ideas. A driven man, he eked out an education, became a reluctant preacher, was ordained by the Christian Connexion, joined the Millerite movement, and married Ellen with her frequent fainting spells. This man from Maine who never finished high school went on to found four journals, two publishing houses, and one college (now Andrews University). He organized a denomination, served as its leader, and published its hymnals. An admitted workaholic and spare-time entrepreneur, he bought and sold real estate, ran a nursery, and drove mules from Texas to Kansas on the Chisholm trail.

In this new biography Gerald Wheeler unravels the complexities of White's personal journey beyond his early beliefs in the shut door and anti-trinitarianism to an emphasis on righteousness by faith.

"My life has been given to the upbuilding of these institutions," wrote James. "They are my children, and I cannot separate my interest from them." Here is the deepest study yet of the man who in many ways fathered the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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  • James White: Innovator and Overcomer

"The best man that ever trod shoe-leather."
–Ellen White

James White was a man of paradox. He loved the old gospel and the latest gadget. Generous to a fault, he was bedeviled by rumors regarding his use of money. At times "cutting and slashing" in speech, he nevertheless touched the lives of thousands.

"Stick to farming," said his friends. But young James had grander ideas. A driven man, he eked out an education, became a reluctant preacher, was ordained by the Christian Connexion, joined the Millerite movement, and married Ellen with her frequent fainting spells. This man from Maine who never finished high school went on to found four journals, two publishing houses, and one college (now Andrews University). He organized a denomination, served as its leader, and published its hymnals. An admitted workaholic and spare-time entrepreneur, he bought and sold real estate, ran a nursery, and drove mules from Texas to Kansas on the Chisholm trail.

In this new biography Gerald Wheeler unravels the complexities of White's personal journey beyond his early beliefs in the shut door and anti-trinitarianism to an emphasis on righteousness by faith.

"My life has been given to the upbuilding of these institutions," wrote James. "They are my children, and I cannot separate my interest from them." Here is the deepest study yet of the man who in many ways fathered the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Pages 256
Author Gerald Wheeler
Publisher Review and Herald Publishing
Language ENG
Book Group TRA
Title Alpha Biography James White pioneer pioneers
Title Catalog James White, Innovator and Overcomer
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Year Published 04/10/2003
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Gerald Wheeler


Gerald Wheeler has served the church as an editor for more than 47 years, retiring as head book editor of the Review and Herald Publishing Association. Author of James White: Innovator and Overcomer, the first volume in the Adventist Pioneer Series, he has written numerous other books including Wisdom, Beyond Life, God of the Whirlwind, and Saints and Sinners. He graduated from Andrews University with a BA in English and has two master’s degrees: one from the University of Michigan in Library Science and the second from Andrews University in Old Testament. He and his wife, Penny Estes Wheeler, live in Hagerstown, Maryland. They have four adult children and six grandchildren.