Tom Carter’s “The 19th Century Odyssey of John and Judith” is a broad flowing biography of more than just John and Judith.  It is more accurately a history of a family of Seventh-day Adventist pioneer laypeople.  To be sure, John and Judith are at the center, but the story also includes the interaction among John and his brothers and their contributions to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

It is the story of victory and of tragedy.  On the victory side of the ledger is John’s survival through some of the most bloody battles of America’s most bloody war, his miraculous release from the death-dealing hospital in the Confederate’s notorious Libby prison, the family’s discovery and acceptance of Adventism and their contributions to the beginning of the Seventh-day Adventist work in Texas.