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Sources of Strength: Meditations on Scripture for a Living Faith [Kindle Edition]

Jimmy Carter
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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For decades, President Jimmy Carter has been an avid student and teacher of the Bible.  In recent years, the adult Sunday school classes he leads at his hometown Baptist church have become famous the world over.  As The New York Times put it, "These weekly sessions...are remarkable for the ability of regular folks to walk in, grab a seat and exchange views with the 39th President of the United States.  But they are also remarkable for what Mr. Carter has to say."

Now, this most admired American has selected fifty-two of his favorite Bible meditations from these Sunday gatherings to share with anyone who is searching for new faith...or fuller understanding of a lifelong creed.  The result is this remarkable book, Sources of Strength: Meditations on Scripture for a Living Faith.

For Jimmy Carter, as for countless others, Holy Scripture has been a constant companion, a source of inspiration and strength in both good times and bad.  A lifetime of devoted Bible reading has taught him that the truths of Scripture have the power to enrich and transform our daily lives in unexpected ways.  As President Carter writes, "The Bible offers concrete guidance for overcoming our weaknesses and striving toward the transcendent life for which we were created."

Sources of Strength is Jimmy Carter's invitation to you to share in the spiritual bounty of Scripture and joyous, more fulfilling life that a living faith makes possible.

Also Available As An Audio Book

"I think the audio version brings a human touch..It permits me to communicate in a much more intimate fashion."
           --President Jimmy Carter

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This sequel to Living Faith (LJ 10/15/96) is a collection of 52 brief Bible lessons?one for each week of the year?written by former president Jimmy Carter. All were used in adult Sunday school classes he taught himself. Carter's lessons are open-minded and socially progressive while remaining unapologetically conservative and Christian theologically. Each three- to four-page lesson is based on a passage of Scripture. Carter is quite knowledgeable about biblical times and can bring together historical information and personal experience very effectively. The lessons are grouped in nine categories, such as "What We Believe" and "Christians in the World," but each lesson stands well on its own. A reasonable addition to inspirational literature as well as an interesting insight into this sincerely Christian former president; recommended for public libraries.?C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, Ind.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"What Carter has done and is doing as an international peacemaker is without compare in the world today. What motivates him to take up this work, with all the personal sacrifices and risks it involves, are his deep spiritual convictions."
--From Irwin Abrams's speech nominating Jimmy Carter for the Nobel Peace Prize

Product Details

  • File Size: 1176 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009IC01ZK
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (August 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FY5YXO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ! August 2, 1999
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President Carter impressed me with his Biblical knowledge and being able to tie it back into today's world. His personal stories made this book all the more great because we got to see glimpses of the President's life. He has an awesome faith in God and is an inspiration to us all.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Carter is a better human being than you are. June 25, 2000
Frankly, I was too preoccupied with college, family, and postgraduate work to pay much attention to politics during the Carter presidency, so I believed the conservative pundits who portrayed Mr. Carter as a "failed president" and an intellectual lightweight. This book proves me to be way off base, as Mr. Carter's honesty, wisdom,integrity, self-effacing good humor, and deeply abiding faith shine through each and every page. To Mr. Carter, Faith implies Action - and it is remarkably refreshing to realize that this ex-President is fully and actively engaged in real life, i.e., teaching Sunday school, mowing the church lawn, hammering nails for Habitat, etc. Lots of down-home, country Christianity here - and while this is not a theology text, I'd bet that there's more practical wisdom than you'd find in, say, 4 or 5 of those. This book works well as a daily devotional, at the bedside, or (as I used it) as a Sunday school text.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!!! June 20, 1999
This is without a doubt one of the finest books that President Carter has written. It is clear and very easy to read.
I had the great fortune of being able to briefly chat with President Carter about "Sources of Strength", and he told me that these are synopsis of his Sunday School classes that he teaches. He also told me that he has over 1600 more of them. All I can say is, I pray to God that he publishes all of them!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Starting gently, the reader is drawn into discussions of text from the Bible. Masterfully drawn along a well thought out path, more decisive conclusions are simply a matter of fact. Faith, courage and understanding become but simple tools to reach out and live life to the fullness God encourages.This experience is shattering in simplicity and the reality of the messages of the Bible. Jesus was sitting over Jimmy Carter's shoulder saying "you have the message, son".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise words from a great Christian man December 29, 2004
This is a great devotional that draws on a wide range of scripture and also on President Carter's long, interesting, diverse, and meaningful life. Not only is Carter a good exegete of scripture, but his genuine faith comes through in every page. He writes in a very personal style that makes you feel like you're studying the scriptures with a favorite uncle...who happened to be the leader of the free world some years back.

The book is divided into 52 short sermonettes, I suppose so you can read one a week for a year (though you will almost certainly want to read it faster than that). These sections are further subdivided into 9 sections: The Word Became Flesh, His Healing Touch, Who is my Neighbor?, What We Believe, Christians in the World, To Know and Worship, God's Riches at Christ's Expense, When the Road is Rough, and God's Call. The messages are broad enough that you can likely find a word of hope or encouragement or challenge somewhere in here, depending on what it is that you need to hear.

The meditations are intellectually stimulating, yet simple enough that I have used some of them as reading for my youth group.

In his life, Jimmy Carter has shown what is means to live out your faith. In this book, he reflects on what that can look like for us.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, sensational, clear and to the point August 16, 2004
This is the very first book I read of Carter. I never expected that an ex-president, supposed to be pragmatic and rational, can have written such a beautiful, sensational, clear and to the point spiritual book. Not a few messages, but fifty-two meaningful and insightful ones in this 241 page book. The format is traditional, with three to four pages of elaboration on a particular biblical verse. Nevertheless, the impact is great and you really feel your faith and spiritual strength being enhanced through reading it, of course with intermittent prayers in between for optimal effect. I dont want to comment it as a tool book, but it does serves its purpose really well.

In short, a great read not to be missed! It's the best and the least difficult spiritual book I had read in months, after the intense round of five to six Philip Yancey books I read about half a year before, which I still deem them the very best amongst all christian books.

p.s. Below please find two good passages for your reference:-

Pg 74: The context for Jesus's stories about the Samaritans, ...For Samaritan, substitute black, Muslim, AIDS, Haitian - or perhaps roll them all into one! ... His acknowledging the gratitude of the healed leper and using a Samaritan's actions as epitomizing the Golden Rule are powerful lessons against prejudice.

Pg 112: We argue incessantly about separation of church and state, the priesthood of believers, ordination of women, prayer in schools, gay rights, predestination ... and any number of other "crucial" issues. Perhaps worse than the Corinthians, we forget the solid, unquestionable, unifying foundation of our faith in in the gentle Jesus, full of grace and truth. As Cecil Sherman has said, "Too many churches are majoring in the minors."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The book provides wonderful daily devotions.
You can find a quick message to use as a Bible study lesson or for your personal devotions. There is a variety of topics to select for a devotional message.
Published 10 months ago by Martha Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Moving
While many give Jimmy Carter credit for being a very intelligent man, some may neglect his spiritual devotion. Read more
Published 22 months ago by JMack
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book to Read Over Time
Thoughtfully written, this is one of those books to keep on the night stand and read one chapter a night and meditate upon the lesson set forth in the chapter. Highly recommend.
Published on November 28, 2005 by K. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my most prized books
I cannot express in words how important this book is to me. I started reading it during a very difficult time in my life and it really helped me. Read more
Published on July 7, 2004 by MAGA
5.0 out of 5 stars I Highly Reccomend Sources of Strength
I gained a respect for Jimmy Carter that until now was only a fair assessment of the man. I know he wrote this with the intention of being a once a week reading, but I have just... Read more
Published on April 25, 2002 by Sarkis A Slyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Apply Inspiration
Jimmy Carter has the unique ability to quote Scripture and explain how those words still apply to our every day life today. Read more
Published on April 20, 2002 by Laura Lagana
3.0 out of 5 stars Occasionally President Carter strikes gold
For those who have wanted to attend President Jimmy Carter's Sunday School class in Plains, Georgia, but couldn't make it, Sources of Strength sits you in the front row. Read more
Published on October 14, 1998 by fdoamerica
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Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, and served as thirty-ninth President of the United States. He and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that prevents and resolves conflicts, enhances freedom and democracy, and improves health around the world. He is the author of numerous books, including Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, An Hour Before Daylight and Our Endangered Values. He received a "Best Spoken Word" Grammy Award for his recording of Our Endangered Values. All of President Carter's proceeds from this series will go to the Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains, Georgia.

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