Thursday, January 17, 2013

Help Me Find a New Working Title for My Book Project

As many readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home know, I am working on a book on Presbyterians and the American Revolution.  I recently decided to abandon my original working title "A Presbyterian Rebellion: The American Revolution in the Mid-Atlantic" for several reasons.  First, I want to extend the project into parts of the South and the southern backcountry (not just the Mid-Atlantic).  Second, I do not want the word "Presbyterian" in the title of the book--it makes it sound too denominational.  (There are other reasons as well, but these will suffice).

So I have come up with a slew of possible titles--all short, catchy, and adapted from actual things that revolutionary-era Presbyterians said in either public or private writings.  I have changed my subtitle to "Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution."

Here is where I need your help.  Which one of these titles sounds best?  I am thinking mostly in terms of marketability here.  I would greatly appreciate hearing your suggestions in the comments section or on Facebook. Thanks!

The Lord of History is on Our Side: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution

Land of Light and Liberty: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution

The Kind Hand of Providence: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution

Justified Before God and Man: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution

Beseeching God For Victory: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution

God Save His People: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution

The Noblest Work of God: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution

For God and Nation: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution ("For God and County" is already taken by several other books).

God Created Us Free: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution

Favored by Heaven: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution

By the Blessing of God: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution

Thanks so much for your help!

9 comments:

cg said...

I vote for whichever one David Caldwell said.

Jeremy McLellan said...

Either "God Save His People" or "Favored by Heaven."

John Fea said...

Chris: Sorry. Most of them come from John Witherspoon, Jacob Green, Philip Vickers Fithian, and William Livingston.

John Fea said...

Jeremy: I like "Favored by Heaven" as well. Thanks for posting.

Amy James said...

Marketability-wise, I would say either The Lord of History is on Our Side; God Created Us Free; or Favored by Heaven

Jimmy Dick said...

I liked "The Right Hand of Providence" the most.

Christopher Eads said...

I like alliteration, so I vote for "Land of Light and Liberty: Presbyterians and the Coming of the American Revolution"

Brian said...

1. "God Save His People"

2. "Land of Light and Liberty"

Both of these have the dual benefit of being very catchy, while also capturing the essence of what many Presbyterians actually believed.

americanorchard said...

Was it Peter Oliver who came up with the term "The Black Regiment" for Presbyterian, Baptist and Congregational Clergy? And who coined the term "The Presbyterian Rebellion?" I like Beseeching God for Victory. "Favored By Heaven" might be misread by some who think this is a David Barton book. Whatever you call it, I look forward to reading it, and will order it for the library at my Presbyterian College, and perhaps use it the next time I teach the Revolution.

Bil Kerrigan
Muskingum University