"The Strength of God," is a story from the book that brought Anderson first fame in 1919, Winesburg, Ohio. It tells the tale of small town preacher Curtis Hartman, a man so filled with self-doubt about his ability to preach an inspired sermon, that from Wednesday morning on, all he can think about are the two sermons he has to preach on Sunday. Self-confidence is definitely not this man's strong suit.
In his usual direct style, Anderson relates the effect that this sighting has upon the good reverend. Will he become a regular "peeper?" Will he succumb to temptation to the point that he dumps his wife and courts the woman in the window? Will he lose his faith? In only seven pages, Anderson brings the process from start to finish...and the reader gets another glance into early twentieth-century life in Winesburg, Ohio.
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