"By vivid illustrations the reader is given a sense of tremendous sweep, from the biblical beginnings down the generations to the American frontier. And the theme will open fresh perspectives on many movements other than those discussed."
--James H. Nichols, Federated Theological Faculty of the University of Chicago
"By tracing the recurring wilderness motif in Christian thought, Professor Williams has identified a theme which again and again gave Christians insight into the meaning of their pilgrimage. His account of the related paradise motif in the development of the university is equally illuminating and suggestive."
--Winthrop S. Hudson, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School
"Williams reminds me, both in versatility and in intensity of research, of the great historians whose names are familiar. Nobody living would have, or could have, written these studies except George Williams."
--John T. McNeill, author of History and Character of Calvinism
"This book would delight the mind and heart of a Milton or a Coleridge or a Jonathan Edwards. Here are wide-ranging scholarship, theological perspicacity, poetic imagination, informing a study that follows the course of two of the major seminal ideas--desert and paradise--that through the centuries have fructified the biblical and the later Christian mind."
--James Luther Adams, Harvard University