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God and George W. Bush: A Spiritual Life Hardcover – August 17, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First edition (August 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060760508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060760502
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,208,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is a professor of political science at Grove City College. The author of the bestselling God and Ronald Reagan, he is nationally known for his work on presidential history, which has been featured in the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, National Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. A fellow at the Hoover Institute on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University and a member of the editorial board of Presidential Studies Quarterly, Kengor lives with his wife and children in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lu M Alcott on October 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Not the typical, boring political book. I was slam dunked by the touching elements contained within this book. It is written with a keen insight for detail, translated into tears, laughter and surprise. Not simply a book of details. One with the ability to draw the reader into a life the book takes on by itself, something a well written piece does. This writter is fair & nonjudgemental, allowing the reader to find the truths & faults within.

Would read anything written by Paul Kengor, he's got style all his own!:) Pleasantly surprised:)

Judge after you read, enlightening, interesting, holds ones attention.
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36 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Scott Wieder on August 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I could not put this book down. I started it after General Frank's book and I cannot remember two books back to back like these two that were as moving and motivational. We live in a very cynical time where a any politician's expression of God is eyed skeptically. In President Bush's case, this book demonstrates clearly, it is not an exaggeration to say that his faith became his moral compass and has lead to his moral clarity on the fight against terrorism.

This book shows how President Bush has brought a sense of obligation to the Oval Office. From day one, according to aides, he has begun each day praying on his knees. Each morning he reads the Bible and studies from a guide that features a daily Bible lesson.

Mr. Kengor demonstrates clearly how faith and prayer achieved a heightened importance with the president after September 11, 2001. It was the pivotal point in his presidency and his guiding light today.

This was a very good read!
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38 of 51 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on September 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In book stores I see book after book dripping with venom about the President. The 'documetary' Fahrenheit 9/11 has picked up on every rumor and allegation that it seems any conspiracy buff can create and states them as fact. It was refreshing to see a book praising George w. Bush.

Although the title would make you believe that this book is purely about the religious or spiritual aspects of Bush's life, in reading it I was surprised to find the amount of insider information that Paul Kengor had about the thinking process of the President as he decided to run for various offices and on issues such as the war in Iraq. This book, very slightly re-written and re-titled could be a, Inside the Bush Administrations Decision to go to War. It's only a year or two after these decisions are made that books like this one describe what really went on as opposed to the 30 second news spots and the never ending political commercials. Well worth reading as you make a decision about for whom to vote or in understanding the background of the war.
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30 of 42 people found the following review helpful By D. Shreckengost on August 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book told me exactly what I was hoping to find out about G.W. We have heard about his faith, but until I read the book I wasn't sure if it was a "real" faith. Dr. Kengor brought out why George Bush is the man we need in the Whitehouse for the times we are in. I was very curious to know if he actually humbles himself enough to ask for God's guidance in his decision making, and Dr. Kengor gave me my amswers.

Great Read!
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Earnhardt_fan on October 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is hard to put down. This book doesn't shy away from faults and truths, the reader draws their own conclusions. The book well describes the man, his motives, his faith in God, his love of family, his extreme love of the United States of America and ALL citizens!!! If you don't understand George W. Bush, this book will enlighten you to the heavenly Spiritual forces that guide him in all that he does. WE, as citizens should be proud we have a man that is in counsel with the Almighty before he makes a move. One of the best reads ever. Paul Kengor does an excellent job in expressing the character of our President. It IS NOT a boring book crammed with statistics. It is a thoughtful approach of dealing with todays issues and the man that will continue to govern our great country!

Read the book, think for yourself, above all VOTE!
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful By PrezRadio on September 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I wanted to offer my own personal praise for "God and George W. Bush". I just finished reading it and am impressed beyond words.

There are so many parallels to "God and Ronald Reagan", to praise one book is to praise the other. Both works are not only a spiritual biography of both presidents, but uniquely demonstrate how their faith impacted the world--especially in foreign policy. I appreciated how both books discussed the historical events surrounding Reagan and Bush with the Soviet Union and the Middle East, respectively. Dr. Kengor came up with a unique approach no other author dealing with these issues even considered.

While the Reagan book had the luxury of analyzing history some time after Reagan finished his second term, Kengor certainly did not have that luxury with this one. But I believe his analysis of George W. Bush and his place in history will be vindicated in the future. With this book, Dr. Kengor did a great job in also making it a current events book in his analysis of the Democrats and John Kerry's own faith just in time for the election.

Both books combined history, presidential biography, foreign policy, and spiritual matters to rise above any one particular category. There were just so many different elements in these books, which will make them great works of history future scholars will refer to in seeking understanding of both presidents. I don't think I've ever read two books that appealed to so many different genres. The research was impeccable, and Kengor's writing style is interesting and engaging. I didn't want to put either book down! And here's a compliment that I know will appeal to a professor...
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