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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0849908701
  • ASIN: B000H2MAJK
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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In time for election fever is this favorable look at how George W. Bush's faith has influenced his life and politics. Aikman, a former senior correspondent for Time magazine and the author of several books, including Great Souls, opens with Bush's startling 1999 declaration that the philosopher he most identified with was "Christ-because he changed my heart." A seasoned journalist, Aikman proceeds to methodically unpack Bush's spiritual journey, documenting important touchstones along the way, much as Stephen Mansfield did in his book, The Faith of George W. Bush, but without Mansfield's colorful detail. Aikman offers some Bush family history, examines his wayward years and details Bush's transformation from churchgoer to a Christian who internalized his faith. The tone is solidly pro-Bush, with quick jabs at the likes of Maureen Dowd and generous flattery for the Texan. Some information offered for context borders on filler, including almost three pages of Methodist church history (related to the Bushes' affiliation with that denomination in 1989-1995) and the text of a sermon Bush preached in 1999. And, although he spends time summarizing Bush's positions on everything from Israel to 9/11, Aikman fails to address Bush's controversial environmental policies, something Mansfield also neglected. Still, in an election year when voters want to see if Bush's spiritual rhetoric is more than just surface chatter, there's plenty of evidence here that the man is sincere in his faith.
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About the Author

David Aikman is former Senior Correspondent for TIME magazine. He has written numerous TIME cover stories, including three "Man of the Year" profiles.  Aikman has also written for the Weekly Standard and Christianity Today.  He is the author of Great Souls, When the Almond Tree Blossoms, Jesus in Beijing, and the bestseller A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush

 

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Dr. David Aikman is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist, a best-selling author, and a foreign affairs commentator based in the Washington, D.C. area. His wide-ranging professional achievements include a 23-year career at Time magazine, serving for several years as bureau chief in Eastern Europe, Beijing, and Jerusalem. His reporting has spanned the globe and he has covered all the major historical events of the time.

Dr. Aikman was educated at Oxford University and holds a PhD from the University of Washington in Russian and Chinese history. He is the author of many books, including Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the World Balance of Power; Billy Graham: His Life and Influence; Qi (Awaken the Dragon); and A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush. He is professor of history and writer in residence at Patrick Henry College. He is married and lives near Lincoln, Virginia

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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Finally! A book that treats the issue of President Bush's faith and how it affects his life and presidency with fairness, excellent research, and readability. Compared to Stephen Mansfield's book, which I also own, Aikman's coverage is journalistically superior, contains fresh stories not previously published, doesn't sugarcoat George W.'s weaknesses, and includes interviews with close friends and family members that are revealing and insightful. If you want to know the truth about George W.'s faith and its impact on his leadership, our country, and the world, read this book. You'll be glad you did.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2004
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There are some reviews here that appear to be written by those who plainly dislike Pres. Bush but did not read this book. I feel sorry for them, as this is a wonderful book going into the life and development of Bush as our President. The reviewer from New York, the non-Christian, appears to have little grasp on what Christianity is. The other from Crawford must assume that all church services are on Sundays. As many Baptist will say, church is not merely a place to worship. It is the culmination of worship and study. Aikman shows how Mr. Bush changed from a rambunctious young man into a respectable, admirable leader. He has his faults and makes no qualms against them. Aikman, an outsider to the family, took anecdotes and lessons from Mr. Bush's life through colleagues, friends and family. What you have here is the embodiment of those interviews. No, Mr. Bush has not been faultless in his Presidency, as no President ever has been faultless. (Clinton was a far-cry from faultless...the sworn liar.) But he has shown time and time again that he has a sincere heart to love and a God-driven will to serve the people for the betterment of the world. He earned more respect from me through this book, after reading of the years where he was not the most well-mannered or appropriately behaving person. However, he had a need to save himelf from his own destruction, and he chose God as the one to lead him out of his perils. He has followed God and Christ since those days and become an example of a renewed Christian. What could be a better testament to his life and his family than this book? Read it, whether you do not agree with his politics or not. I don't claim that it will change your political opinion of him, but I know it will give you more insight on why he does certain things or speak in certain ways.Read more ›
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2004
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I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this new book. I have just started reading it, and I am surprised to find it so appealing a read. The author, David Aikman, is a seasoned writer of many years experience with TIME magazine. I have read many of his magazine articles, so I had high expectations to begin with.
It seems such a timely read in light of the upcoming elections, but also because of the interest in Christianity the "Passion" has stirred up. With people more focused on their faith, and less afraid to talk about it (or hear about it), this book will appeal to alot of people.
This is an insider's look at a president that people love to hate.
I was especially interested to learn about the president's faith since John Kerry's Catholicism seems so flimsy. As a Catholic, I have difficulty understanding how John Kerry can publicly proclaim his Catholicism and reject its beliefs all at the same time.
Anyway, I'm enjoying the book while pondering the upcoming election chaos!
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32 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2004
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I read the "official" review of this book posted here on Amazon. The writer is dismayed that George Bush is not lambasted and critized more in this book, especially for his "environmental" policies. That review is not a review but merely a promotion of the reviewer's own ideology. When one cannot review without this type of comment, he should not review at all. I agree with Bush's environmental policies and my viewpoint is as valid as that of the "official" reviewer.
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2004
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I have read several books about the Bushes -- and specifically about George W. Bush. The author is a good writer, writing fairly from both sides of the issue, and portrays a man who has had to deal with personal failure, like we all do. Our nation was established by Christian principles, and it is by Christian principles we are still a nation. As our society continues to slide into darkness, we will be held responsible for not living for God. GWB is committed to the principles for which this nation was begun, and I felt the writer beautifully scripted the tapestry of providential destiny for a man named, George W. Bush.
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27 of 39 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bess VINE VOICE on September 18, 2004
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I must admit I am disappointed with the other reviewers here who speak more against Bush's policies than against his piety. The White House has not seen such an overtly spiritual man since Jimmy Carter. While coming from the other side of the political spectrum, George W. undoubtedly possesses a heartfelt, sincere deep devotion to Jesus Christ.

If you are looking for a book to describe Bush's political tactics or his conservative views, then you need to pass on this volume. If you want a better understanding of the man however, and the spiritual journey take has taken him to the Oval Office, then this title is a must-read.
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