"Carefully researched, not difficult to read . . .I enjoyed it very much."
Lou H. , Cumberland, Rhode Island
"Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds . . . Before the Scramble: A Scottish Missionary's Story is a fascinating primary source and a descriptive window through time. . . a welcome addition to firsthand historical testimonies about Africa, and highly recommended for both college library collections and casual browsing."
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"A must read for history buffs!"
Jane B. , Kent, Washington
"I became fully engrossed in James Sutherland's journey. I felt as though I was accompanying him at times . . . a job well done."
John L. , Virginia
"Very interesting, real life view on the beginnings of the Scramble for Africa. It brought to light a whole new meaning of the word 'Missionary' to me. Haynes found a way to take a family heirloom and transform it into a focused history of the Livingstonia Mission."
Don M., Amazon.com Review
"This book helped me get a better understanding of today's political landscape. Easy to read, and well worth the time."
"This is a fascinating book on many levels. It provides both a macro view of the events that were transforming the African continent in the late 1800’s and a micro view of the day to day trials and tribulations of a Scottish missionary named James Sutherland . . . in addition to providing a historical snapshot of this era, it is also a family treasure for the author as the protagonist in the story was his maternal great grandfather’s brother. The author carefully transcribes Sutherland’s entire journal, as well as several letters that he sent home. These documents are included in their entirety."
Daria K. Seattle, WA
"This is Haynes fourth book, following Rogues Island Memoir, 10 Bowen Street, and Zoey's Tale, and demonstrates his growth, development, and insight as a writer. The tale shines a light on history untold on the Dark Continent on a person-to-person level during British missionary work in the late 19th century. In a journal that only runs from January to May 1881 Haynes does a remarkable job of story-telling, and his notes and documentation enrich, enlarge, and engage the reader . . ."
C.Roper, Ann Arbor, Michigan