Rudolphf R. Windsor
The Valley of the Dry Bones
The Valley of the Dry Bones: The Conditions That Face Black People in America, by Rudolph R. Windsor, is a fascinating compilation of history, anthropology, sociology, and theology. In clear, limpid prose, Windsor tells the history of the black people, from biblical times until today. Drawing extensively upon the Bible and many works by eminent scholars in various disciplines, the author has created a work that is at once inspiring and intriguing. He seeks to prove that the black people, more properly called 'Black Israelites,' are truly God’s chosen people and, as such, should become more aware of their unique heritage. The Valley of the Dry Bones represents a first step in this admirable endeavor. In the latter half of the book, Windsor moves from biblical times to the present. Not only does he delineate the problems blacks face, but he also offers some solutions. Together with the lucid text are illustrations that are both timely and relevant. Windsor, in addition to knowing his history, has a wealth of common sense that he shares with his readers. No dusty volume of willingly forgotten data, The Valley of the Dry bones is a controversial and daring volume. That rare work of scholarship, a book that makes the lessons of history pertinent to the modern reader, The Valley of the Dry Bones offers its readers a glimpse into a field of research that indeed merits a great deal of attention and careful thought.