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The Faith of George W. Bush [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Mansfield
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the first book to explore the religious ideals and background of the 43rd president of the United States, The Faith of George W. Bush discusses how Bush's spiritual beliefs shape his private life as well as drive his policies and politics. More than any other presidency in recent years, George W. Bush's presidency is "faith based." He has often said that faith saved his life, nurtured his family, established his political career, and helped form the destiny of the nation. Discover how Bush incorporates his faith and belief in God into every detail of life. From his devotional time alone each morning to his frequent use of Scripture in his speeches, the president relies upon his faith to direct his actions and goals. The Faith of George W. Bush recounts Bush's conversion to Christianity in 1986, when he overcame a growing dependence on alcohol by turning to the Bible to save his marriage and family. From the tragedy of September 11 to the conflict in Iraq, President Bush has learned to use his faith to help him live his public and private life. This revealing book will inspire others to do the same.

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In this favorable look at the politics and faith of the nation's current president, Mansfield, who has penned several historical biographies with faith emphases, examines Bush's spiritual journey and discusses how it shapes his administration. Although he writes that Bush's faith has waxed and waned over the years, Bush "is among a small number of American presidents to have undergone a profound religious transformation as an adult... he came to the presidency, then, with the zeal of the newly converted." To understand the president's brand of faith, Mansfield traces his family legacy, his boyhood in Midland, Tex., his playboy years and his lifelong love affair with baseball. Bush's marriage to Laura helped stabilize him spiritually, and Mansfield details later encounters with evangelists Arthur Blessit and Billy Graham that he believes were pivotal in Bush's spiritual formation. He also shows the role of Bush's Christianity in running for various offices, implementing faith-based initiatives and responding to 9/11 and war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Throughout the book, Mansfield offers his own interpretations about events in writing that is often rich and specific in detail. Noticeably absent is commentary on Bush's controversial environmental policies and how his faith has-or has not-informed them. But Mansfield is correct when he writes that "whatever else the presidency of George W. Bush imprints on American history, it will at the least have granted the nation an opportunity to rethink the role of religion in its public life."
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Stephen Mansfield is the author of numerous books on history and leadership, including Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill and Then Darkness Fled: The Liberating Wisdom of Booker T. Washington.

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  • File Size: 909 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (November 10, 2003)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OCXHKY
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! October 30, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
It seems there are a miriad of books that communicate either a passion or a dislike for President Bush. Finally, someone has written a book that walks the middle ground. Dr. Mansfield tells some wonderful, previously unheard stories of President Bush's path to salvation and personal clarity of purpose, as well as the human frailties that shaped his earlier years. What Dr. Mansfield paints is a picture of a man who truly believes in a divine purpose about his life, but a man who seriously seeks God's will with a humble and sincere heart. Very well written and inspirational!
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
George W Bush may be one of the most misunderstood presidents in history, and certainly of our time. This book allowed me to understand the motives behind his decisions, and to understand the heart of a president serving at a critical juncture in America's life. I appreciate Mansfield's ability to articulate the path that the president has taken in his life, and to do it in a factual, balanced, and unbiased manner. Refreshing and insightful!
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64 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Man For All Seasons November 6, 2003
Format:Hardcover
This is a facinating look into the heart and soul of President George W Bush. Mansfield does not gloss over Bush's weaknesses or failures, but neither does he use those weaknesses to attack and villify Bush. Rather, he presents the facts as he found them, and leaves us with a portrait of a man with the human weaknesses we all share, but a man who found the faith to overcome and rise above his fallen human condition.
We see in George W Bush a man who has the total confidence of one who understands his purpose and who has total faith in his God, but who, at the same time, humbles himself before that God, knowing that all can and will be lost if he succumbs to the temptation of pride and forgets that he is only where he is by the grace of God.
This is a book that needed to be written, and should be read by all who truly want to understand what motivates this 43rd President of the United States.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book Sure to Ignite Controversy!! February 5, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I just finished reading this book and found it fascinating. No matter which end of the political spectrum a reader might be on, this book will be very informative. The author has attempted to cast a light on WHAT George Bush believes and HOW that influences his thought process and actions. The author's task was difficult, but my impression is that he has succeeded in providing a neutral insight to the President. I say neutral as opposed to balanced, because he is neither excessively critical or complimentary. George Bush's failures and successes are detailed for the reader - his critics will find sufficient ammunition for their purposes and his supporters will find the book enlightening of his motives.
What is most fascinating in the book is to see how George Bush's beliefs have affected his leadership development and style. The information about the Bush family history provides insight into the Bush family structure and belief systems and what motivates them in general, and George W. Bush in particular.
I came away from reading the book with some lessons in leadership, spirituality and courage. I think that one can learn from every person who has achieved something, no matter whether I agree with their politics or religion. I highly recommend the book to all with an open mind.
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127 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The TRUTH About George W. Bush November 5, 2003
Format:Hardcover
With all of the negative books about George W. Bush in the market, it is about time that someone has the courage to write an unbiased book about our president and his faith. As an Christian independent with conservative leanings, it has helped me see how the president's policies have been influenced by his relationship with God. And as someone whose past has not always followed God's path, I can relate to the president's sometimes checkered past. The engaging, narrative writing style is easy to read.
I let my father-in-law, a long-time labor Democrat read the book, and he said he had gained a newfound respect for the president. I hope the same will be said for other Christians who read this book with an open mind.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly factual but biased... June 6, 2007
Format:Hardcover
This book is basically a biography of Bush's life from a more religious perspective. In it they compare how Bush's beliefs supposedly shaped his life.

While the book seems truthful it leaves out alot of facts. It does not mention the scadals going on at the time or screw ups he had made.

The other problem is that the book is dated as it was released pre his reelection. The author might be writing a totally different book about how religion screwed up his presidency with the scandal and blunders hes in now.

In the end it was a decent read thoug for facts i would rather stick to a less biased source. As i said this author seemed very much like a buddy of Bush's putting a book out for him.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Faith by a Fan December 29, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I LOVED this book. Although a big fan of GW, I wasn't that familiar with his background. This book doesn't just explain President Bush's philosophy on religion, this book explains the man. Now I am even a bigger fan...
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36 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritually Inspiring January 17, 2004
Format:Hardcover
Are you working 100+ hours a week? Feeling like something is missing in your life? No matter how hard you try or how much success you attain, you just don't feel complete. This book may be the beginning of your cure; if you are ready to hear its message and take it to heart.
The book is a quick read which examines the religious histories of both the USA and the Bush family. From these contexts Mansfield reveals George W. Bush's spriritual awakening which occured late in his adult life and how this awakening has made him whole. As a spiritual biography of sorts, The Faith of George W. Bush illustrates that in his search for self fulfillment, Bush has found the answer which few seem to discover and fewer actually act on. What answer is that? Getting into heaven is more important than getting into Forbes.
Also, we all have a soul which plays a much greater role in our big picture and sometimes due to the hectic pace we all lead; we neglect it to our overall detriment. Best Wishes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable listen
Just finished this audiobook today on the way home from work. I really enjoyed it. Often times, I've found that the reader can make or break an audiobook. Read more
Published 14 days ago by David Maurer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Wonderful man and a great President. We need more like him.
Published 4 months ago by Gailya A. Kajihiro
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Just Might Change Your Views
I purchased this for my husband, and although many would criticize President George W. Bush, we came away with a greater respect and understanding about him. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cindy Conner
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a joke right?????
I can't even write I'm so down, looking at one of the most corrupt presidents we ever had, that never knew a lie he didn't like and then bowing his head as if he struggles with... Read more
Published 15 months ago by dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Reading
I ordered this book to help shed some light on the lesser-known side of George W. Bush. I always felt there was more to this man from a positive standpoint than he was given... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars BUSH IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT
This book is worth reading. It's frank, entertaining and surprising. I appreciated it especially because I've also read "Bush at War."
Published 18 months ago by Terri Moon
3.0 out of 5 stars average
This book did not delve as much as it should have in order to justify the title. It read more like a quick biography with emphasis on spirituality rather than deep insight.
Published 23 months ago by M. Lozano
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all patriotic Americans interested in US Presidents
Although from TX, makes one's heart proud to know that we can elect people with this character and moral
fiber to high office in this country.
Published 24 months ago by Jan Lindstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book...
There is no doubt in my mind that we all have underestimated this man. It is easy to see the public side, but this opens up the private side. Impressive. I recommend it.
Published on March 11, 2013 by Donalie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars George W Bush
It is refreshing to know that we had a President that let the world that he had a belief and made no bones about explaining it.
Published on January 24, 2013 by John E. Scott
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