Sincerity and the Way to Heaven

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Written by Benjamin Franklin and Daniel Sommer

The original story, Sincerity Seeking the Way to Heaven, was published by Franklin in 1855. Sommer later wrote the sequel, Sincerity Teaching the Way to Heaven.


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Benjamin Franklin (1812-1878) was an influential leader among conservative brethren in the Restoration Movement. Much of his influence came as through his work as editor of the American Christian Review – a paper he started in 1856 and continued as the editor until his death.

Daniel Sommer (1850-1940), a protégé of Franklin, also became a leading voice opposing innovations like the missionary society and instrumental music among the disciples. A few years after Franklin’s death, he purchased the American Christian Review and continued that work – changing the paper’s name to Octographic Review, and then later Apostolic Review.

Sincerity and the Way to Heaven contains two stories about a young man searching for the truth in a world of religious confusion. The first is Franklin’s original story – Sincerity Seeking the Way to Heaven – about how this young man learned to obey the gospel. The second is the sequel that Sommer wrote to the original – Sincerity Teaching the Way to Heaven – which discusses how this young man dealt with the innovations that had crept in among the disciples in the 19th century.

Additional Information:

Type: Paperback, perfect bound
Page count: 116 pages
Dimensions: 5.5″ x 8.5″
ISBN: 978-1-942036-48-7

2 reviews for Sincerity and the Way to Heaven

  1. William E. Free (verified owner)

    This book by Benjamin Franklin & Daniel Sommer is a GREAT BOOK, only 109 pages. I think everyone who is & not a christian should read this book also, but with an open mind. Everything is explained very well. Read in the afternoon I got it.

  2. Patrick Jones (verified owner)

    A surprise read. There are two parts. The first by Benjamin Franklin is older and a little dated (different times). However, the story is as relevant today as it was when written. The second is later and follows what happened in the first part. In some ways this reminded of reading Muscle and Shovel.

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