Mr. Himes says, “My core motivation for researching and writing the book was to understand the roots of fundamentalism—and how my life fit into that story. So I started with my earliest ancestor whose name I knew, a farmer named John Rice who fought in the Revolutionary War, and then learned and retold the larger story of fundamentalism through the lens of my family’s experience and my own life. Every chapter begins with an anecdote from my life, and then steps through over two centuries of history.”
Andrew Himes was born into one of the leading fundamentalist families of the 20th century. By the time he was four, Himes had been saved. By the time he was 20, he'd turned his back on the Baptist ministerial career expected of him, becoming instead an activist in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 60s. Only later in life did he begin a spiritual journey to reconnect with and redefine his family's spiritual heritage.