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Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States, author of numerous books, teacher at Emory University, founder of the Carter Center, and the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Carter worked with Emory University to establish the Carter Center, a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization advances human rights and alleviates human suffering in seventy-five countries worldwide. Carter is the only U.S. President to receive the Nobel Peace Prize after leaving office.
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.
A few days ago I was browsing through Barnes and Noble and came across a fantastic new book, a fantastic new devotional book, actually. This new fantastic devo book is by none other than former President Jimmy Carter, called Through the Year with Jimmy Carter: 366 Daily Meditations from the 39th President. This devotional book intrigued me because a year ago I received his fantastic autobiography for Christmas, White House Diary (I'm somewhat of a political junkie, having studied Political Science during undergrad and worked on Capitol Hill for 5 years--you can take the boy out of DC, but not the DC out of the boy!) So that evening I texted a picture of it to my wife, who works for the publisher, and asked for a copy, both to review and to enjoy! I'm glad I did, because I've enjoyed these personal, powerful reflections on the Holy Scriptures and life with Jesus.
Through his White House diary, the reader is able to revisit the four years of Carter's presidency, a tumultuous four years that adds to the weighty significance of these Scriptural reflections. When I read through this diary book a year ago, one of the most intriguing realizations I discovered was his deep, rich personal faith in Jesus Christ. And this devo book exudes this deepness and richness.
This Christian faith wasn't the obligatory faith that marks many political leaders by nature of our pseudo-Christian nation status. This was a deeply effective faith that permeated much of his presidency--to the point where he would continue leading Sunday School back at his home church in Plains, GA whenever he visited. He also regularly read Scripture, no digested Scripture, and prayed with his wife, Rossylyn.Read more ›
- President Carter is by far the best ex-president we have every had in modern time, he also is also a rare political leader who is not afraid to share his faith. In Through the Year with Jimmy Carter: 366 Daily Meditations from the 39th President, Carter wrote a book that can be used for daily devotions. He blends a biblical verse with a story, some political, some personal but all a good story to hit on a point. Reading it, gives you another dimension from this complex man. These lessons derive from his biblical teachings of which he still holds in his home town of Plains, Georgia. I have made the trip many times and I can clearly hear his voice as he speaks to the subject on hand. We have some form of faith, be it formal with a certain religion or simply a belief in a higher power. This book is a candid way that will enable the reader to reflect on his own journey. The stories are poignant and some are sweet and sincere. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to take a moment away from their busy lives to stop and think about life and our mortal existence. Carter does not judge or is preachy about his faith, he simply shares his life's struggles and will inspire you to do your best as you move along in life's journey.
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I bought this book for my father, who is a retired minister. This is his review: The daily readings are concise being one page long each. It starts with one scripure verse. The readings are related to everyday life. It takes about 3 minutes to read and gives you the spirtual java that you need for the day. Therefore, it is good for a busy person. It ends with a prayer. The 365 days of reading likely covers all 66 bibles of the bibles. The illustrations relate to Jimmy Carter's experience as president and as a citizen. It can used as a daily devotion and it can be used every year repeatedly.
I am not one to read devotions, but as far as devotionals go, this one was well done. Jimmy Carter has both wisdom and experience, not just because he was our 39th president but because of his almost 87 years of life here on this earth. He shares the simple truth of God's Word in a simple form in this book.
What I first noticed was that the pages were not dated like a traditional devotional where it is to be read in one year from January 1st through December 31st. Instead, the pages are number 1-366. The date at the top of the page is the date when President Carter taught that lesson to his Sunday school class which included lessons he taught while president. He has taught Sunday school for 30+ years so he has a wealth of lessons to share. The one thing that could have made this better would be to sit in one of his classes and actually hear him teach the lesson.
I highly recommend this book as one of the better devotionals available today.
Zondervan has given me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.
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President Jimmy Carter is an excellent bible teacher. My husband and I had the opportunity to visit his church, Maranatha Baptist Church, where Jimmy teaches Sunday school, whenever he and Rosalyn are at home in Plains. So when I am reading Jimmy Carter's book, I feel like I am right there as Jimmy highlights a scripture and writes about how he applies it to his life. In at least one instance, Jimmy cites a conversation with Rosalyn where this enhanced his prayer life. Jimmy writes that we can pray for those who are hungry in Africa, for instance, but asks the question about what would happen if we each prayed for God's help to do our part to help. In this instance, the book is not only a comfort but a challenge to my walk as I try to follow Christ.
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