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Forgotten Giant of Adventism's Second Generation
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Book Review: Valentine, Gilbert M. W.W. Prescott: Forgotten Giant of Adventism’s Second Generation, Review and Herald, Hagerstown, MD, 2005
    
Reviewed by Ron Aguilera

     I really enjoyed this book! It painted a comprehensive picture of the man and of the Adventist church over almost 60 year period. If you enjoy history and are interested in the history and development of the Adventist church, then this book is for you.
     W.W. (William Warren) served as a journalist, editor, President of our colleges, and General Conference Vice-President. He was one of the greatest educators, scholars and administrators the church has ever had.
     Prescott reshaped the church's educational system, theology, and politics. His active working career spanned 52 years, from 1885 to 1937. He lived through an era of important development and changes within the denomination. His intellect and energy greatly impacted the Adventist church. After J.N. Andrews, he was widely regarded as the most intelligent and gifted man the church had ever had in its employ.
     Here are a few things that help summarize this man:
     H.M.S. Richards called him “the most overpowering personality I ever met”.
     He was a powerful public speaker, whose booming voice and personality captivated crowds, and made him sought out speaker.
     Prescott was closely linked to Ellen White. He was often involved in the preparation of her manuscripts for publication and had a close personal relationship with her for many years.
     Prescott served as editor for the Review and Herald and other church periodicals.
     He was the denominations first vice-president.
     At the 1888 Conference, he aligned himself with Waggoner and Jones and became one of the foremost preachers on righteousness by faith.
     During his lifetime, he was widely considered the lead Biblical scholar of the church.     Prescott’s ongoing battle with S.N. Haskell over the daily of Daniel 8 opened up the discussion regarding how to understand Ellen White’s writing and inspiration.
     Prescott began most of our denominational college and served as president (he was president of three colleges at once).
     He was known for his boundless energy, powerful preaching, and immense Biblical knowledge.
    He graduated from Dartmouth, one of the most prestigious colleges of his day, and left a very successful printing business to serve God and the church.
     The list goes on. There is a lot I could say about W.W. Prescott, but I will summarize this book by saying this, if you want to get a feel for the personalities, issues, and changes in Adventism from the 1880 to 1940’s then you will enjoy this book.