The Way We Were is a book about the theological dimensions of the controversy that shook the foundations of the Southern Baptist Convention during the decades of the 80s and 90s. That controversy began at the national level, far from most Baptist laypeople, trickled down to the state Baptist conventions, where it included a much broader audience, and now has moved into local churches where the pain, in some ways, is more sever than it was at either the national or state levels. This revision of the 1994 book could not have come at a more appropriate time for many Baptist churches. It ought to be required reading for every pulpit search committee. . . I sincerely wish that some rich brothers or sisters, fundamentalist or moderate, conservative or liberal, would come forth today and pay to have The Way We Were sent to every Baptist in America.
— from the Foreword by Walter B. Shurden
"Even students who don't know there has been a controversy "get the point" by reading Fisher's fine book. It is amazing how much and how well he pulls things together in his usual accessible style. I plan to use the book in a class for laypersons on Baptist history and distinctives. I don't know of a better book for that purpose."
— Sheri Adams
Boiling Springs, NC
"Fisher Humphreys lays bare the Baptist transition. His book is clear, reader friendly, accessible. He is so irenic, fair and broad brush in his analysis that it is difficult to imagine anyone dismissing his work out-of-hand.
"His conclusions are logically unavoidable if slightly more sanguine than I, a recovering Southern Baptist, can be. I recommend it to every Baptist, any brand, any breed. It will do you good."
— James M. Dunn
Wake Forest University