When the aged rector of St. Johns dies in a booming mid-western city, the vestry look East for “a level-headed clergyman about thirty-five years old who will mind his own business.”
They hit on John Hodder.
For a year, Hodder more than lives up to their expectations. But gnawing at the back of his mind is a sense that the business of the church is making Christians.
Hodder learns that people living around St. John’s despise the church because they suffer daily from the effects of the church leaders’ “sound business sense.”
On the verge of chucking his job, Hodder meets a former member of St. Johns known throughout the city as a man who helps others. Mr. Bentley inspires Hodder to rethink his theology.
Hodder denounces his congregation’s Pharisees, including the major financial contributor whose daughter Hodder loves.
The central dilemma of Winston Churchill’s The Inside of the Cup is ageless. The novel, however, is done in by Churchill’s ponderous prose. Hodder appears incapable of ordering coffee in less than 500 words.
Whatever value readers of 1913 found in The Inside of the Cup has evaporated.
Or perhaps it just was displaced by the weight of all those words.The Inside of the Cup by Winston Churchill Illustrations by Howard Giles MacMillan, 1913 513 pages Project Gutenberg e-book #5364 My grade: C
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