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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595553533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553539
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Beth Brown is the author of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling book, Hand of Providence: The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan and Condi: The Life of a Steel Magnolia. Mary Beth writes a nationally syndicated column, which can be viewed at www.marybethbrown.net, and is a frequent guest on radio and TV.


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If you are interested in Ronald Reagan and enjoy reading biographies, I think that you'd really enjoy reading this book!
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The Faith of Ronald Reagan by Mary Beth Brown is an excellent read for all of you who are devoted to following the life of Ronald Reagan.
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The Faith of Ronald Reagan is a beautiful depiction of a truly great man whose profound faith, for a short time, led a nation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John A. Bird on January 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
President Reagan was a man of faith. He believed in prayer, and he depended upon a sovereign God who answers prayer. He displayed his faith through generosity, kindness, and love. Because I admire these qualities and the President who possessed them, I was eager to read Mary Beth Brown's The Faith of Ronald Reagan. Brown is a New York Times Best-Selling Author, so I assumed that the book would be well written. Had I thought twice, I would have remembered that popularity has little to do with quality.

Brown gives us an overview of each stage in the President's life, even going back as far as the childhood of his parents. She covers the most important events while throwing in the more interesting details, and has no shortage of quotes from Reagan and those who knew and loved him. By the end, I appreciate President Reagan even more than I did before, and I am convinced that he trusted God, both in public and private.

Though Brown succeeds in highlighting the faith of Reagan, she fails to write a serious biography. She is too attached, too adoring. The book sounds like a mother's ode to her most beloved son, or a high school yearbook tribute to the quarterback who died in a tragic accident written by the overly familiar friend.

True to her role as overly familiar friend, Brown mentions any Reagan event that she was "fortunate to attend," even when it has little to do with the context. And, once she tells us that Reagan's childhood nickname was "Dutch," we almost lose hope that she'll ever use his real name again:

"Dutch also occasionally led prayer meetings at church.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THErealmobo on January 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
First, let me state that I think Ronald Reagan is the best President that our country has had in our lifetime. I admire him as a man, as our President - his thoughtful insights, his ability to talk to anyone from anywhere and put them at ease, his strong beliefs and morals, his love of God and family.

I liked this book but I was somewhat disappointed. Yes - Ronald Reagan as man was shaped by his mother's love, how he was raised and his love of God. Without his faith, I do not think he would have dealt with adversity as well as he did - other prominent figures are proof of that. However, I did not really enjoy the way in which this book was written. It seems repetitive and covered the same passages from the Bible and the same information from chapter to chapter.

The author did a good job of demonstrating times in President Reagan's live where his faith pulled him through but the background information was choppy and I believe she attempted to place TOO much information in a smaller written book. The book would have been a better read if he had maybe organized it differently. In the manner it is written, I found myself periodically skimming over sections because they didn't seem pertinent to the entire book.

If you love President Reagan, you would like this book, but I believe that overall there are a couple of other books that demonstrate his faith in a more meaningful and easier read.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <[...]> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Aiken on February 15, 2011
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One of my most admired heroes is former President Ronald Reagan. I remember him for the dignity and honor he brought to the Office of President and for the hope he brought in declaring that we "are a city on a hill." He is known for many things and will certainly be remembered as one of our country's greatest Presidents. He was also a man of deep religious conviction and an admirable faith in Christ.

In our "PC" world, it is not advisable to admit that one sees things in black and white or holds firmly to any singular faith system as uniquely true. President Reagan was unapologetically committed to his faith and it informed his views on everything from hope, God's providence, and man's responsibility to others. It is doubtless that Reagan's faith motivated his passion for eliminating communism and providing opportunities for others to experience true freedom.

I say that his faith informed his views...because he was not a religious crusader; rather, he was a man whose faith instructed him to embrace the right perspective on whatever crusade he was engaged in.

Brown did a superb job of documenting her sources as she retold the story of Reagan's faithful life. This is not a work of a historical revisionist, but a carefully researched and exquisitely told narrative that demonstrates what is and has always been true of this beloved President.

I highly recommend this book!

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