Among modern-day Baptists, few names can evoke as mixed emotions as that of Clarence Jordan. Jordan was and is best known as co-founder of Koinonia Farm near Americus, Georgia, and as translator of the Cotton Patch Version of the New Testament. Jordan was a bona fide hero for many, a certified visionary to some, a genuine puzzle for most. You cannot really live by the Sermon on the Mount, they say, but Jordan tried. Worse still, he expected other people to try. The reflections in this little book cannot unravel the enigma that was Clarence Jordan. But who and what Clarence Jordan was will be brought into sharper focus. Perhaps thereby another generation may become challenged, inspired, encouraged, if still puzzled by a dreamer who dared also be a deed-doer.
Clarence Jordan was the most completely dedicated Christian I have ever known. With childlike simplicity he took the Sermon on the Mount seriously and tried to follow the teachings of Jesus literally and absolutely. His life was to me personally a rebuke and a challenge. It forced me to come to grips....
— H. Cornell Goerner