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The late Will Campbell was a master storyteller. His novel The Glad River is my favorite. The characters are convincing and the theme timeless. Doops Momber, Kingston Smylie and Fordache Arceneau meet in basic training at Camp Polk where friendships are forged. The reader never learns the source of Doops’ aversion to being baptized, but the topic surfaces in the second half of the story. Kingston is pressing Doops to be baptized. “Nothing wrong with it,” Doops said. “But who would do it?” “What...