Books By George McNeish.
BOOKS BY GEORGE McNEISH
Here is a convenient place to order books by George McNeish and other books he recommends. Titles will be added as they become available.
SINGING IN THE CHAPEL
"Singing in the Chapel" is a short story that deal with the lives of a slave family. They are separated in slavery as each member is sold to different owners but they have strong faith and pray that they will be reunited in freedom. They all eventually make it to London Canada over a period of twenty years and are reunited, but how will they cope with the after effects of the abuse they suffered?
This story was turned into the play, "My Name is Margaret Harman" by Jason Rip. The play is also included in the book and it enjoyed a very good run at "The Arts Project" in London, Ontario in February of 2017. Opening night sold out and over 300 people saw the play. It was the most successful presentation ever performed at The Arts Project.
"The Alternative" is a novel set in Louisiana during the early part of the nineteenth century. Bobby Johnson is the only son of a very kind slave master and is destined to inherit the plantation. He makes friends with his father's slaves and cannot see why they should be treated differently. As he grows into manhood, he decides that slavery is not in God's will and agonizes over how he will run a plantation without slaves.
Ruthie Lancer is the only daughter of a very cruel slave master. Bobby and Ruthie meet and, after a very rocky romance, they get married. Together and with the help of two friends they decide to put an end to slavery. Samson, Bobby best friend a former slave of his father comes up with the plan and is added by Krissy who was one of the Lancer slaves. Tensions begin to build between the north and south and it appears the south will start a war to protect their rights to own slaves. The system that Samson comes up with shows that the plantations can run more economically without slaves. It is a race against time as Bobby, Ruthie, Samson and Krissy try to rid the south of slavery before this evil system causes a devastating war.
"The Alternative" is and alternate history that asks the question, "Is there an alternative to war?" It takes a close look at the issues that led to the American Civil War and introduces a system that could prevent it. The methodology used could be applied to other conflicts.
The Alternative entertains and inspires. It shows how evil can be overcome.
What People are Saying
I have recieved these emails: (quoted in part)
I want to congratulate you on your novel- The Alternative. I could not put it down when I started reading it. Congratulations, I thought it was marvelous, and the story came alive, and made the history of the Civil War more understandable for me, as it made me realize how the majority of Southerners thought as well as others.
I'm recommending it to my friends, and club members. Has the library got copies?
Note that the London Public Library has one copy. (george)
In "Walking Together on a Path of Service" (Ruhi 7), the Institute exhorts us to to develop participants' "capacity for artistic expression through, music poetry, painting, drama or any of the various types of crafts ... as an essential element enhancing the spiritual development of participants." The Alternative embodies the term "a well written book" in 'Abdu'l-Baha's words below:
"It is natural for the heart and spirit to take pleasure and enjoyment in all things that show forth symmetry, harmony and perfection. For instance: a beautiful house, a well designed garden, a symmetrical line, a graceful action, a well written book, pleasing garments - in fact, all things that have in themselves grace or beauty are pleasing to the heart and spirit ..."With gratitude and encouragement to George for a this commendable achievement!! Terry