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Abraham Lincoln, a Man of Faith and Courage: Stories of Our Most Admired President Hardcover – January 29, 2008
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About the Author
Joe Wheeler is considered one of America’s leading story anthology creators. His bestselling “Christmas in My Heart” story anthology is the longest running Christmas story series in America. Wheeler earned a master’s in history from Pacific Union College, a master’s in English from Sacramento State University, and a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University. He lives with his wife in Conifer, Colorado.
Despite the title, this serviceable one-volume biography of Lincoln does not dwell on either his faith or his courage. Instead, author Joe Wheeler touches on both themes throughout to illustrate Lincoln's major achievements. A further subtitle describes the book as "stories," which is an apt description. The author recounts a series of anecdotes culled from extensive research (which the author himself reminds readers of more than once). They are interesting and informative. This story structure and its conversational style adapt well to audio. Grover Gardner carries just the right tone as narrator. His voice is folksy without losing the seriousness needed in reading about the grave issues that confronted Lincoln. In direct quotations, he slows his reading slightly but doesn't adopt special voices, which would sound forced. R.C.G. 2009 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Books are no exception to Greg's rule. Wheeler contends that more books have been written about Lincoln than all the other presidents combined, and he enters the fray with ABRAHAM LINCOLN, A MAN OF FAITH AND COURAGE. "While I admire and revere Washington, it stops there. He is a model for many fine qualities, but with me at least, he remains only a model to be venerated. Not so with the sixteenth president. There is something about Abraham Lincoln that makes me love him. I cannot explain it: I know only that it's there," he writes. Wheeler's love for Lincoln is both a strength and weakness of his book, which often straddles the line between biography and hagiography.
There is no doubt that Lincoln was an extraordinarily individual, and the stories here provide an entertaining survey of the moments --- large and small --- that made the man. The following story illustrates the combination of solid research and faith-filled speculation that characterizes Wheeler's book.
"One day, when he was around nine, he took a bag of corn, mounted the flea-bitten gray mare, and rode leisurely to Gordon's Mill. His turn didn't come until late afternoon. Since each man was expected to provide his own power, Abe hitched the mare to the arm.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best book written on Abraham Lincoln. He is one of my favorite leaders and this book gives you the perspective and insight missing in many biographies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ken Rundus
I've read several books about Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln, a Man of Faith and Courage by Joe Wheeler has proven to be one of my favorites.Published 5 months ago by L. S. Prince
I have read over 60 Lincoln biographies and this had nothing new. I was so hopeful after reading the preface about learning more about his faith, but this book just doesn't... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ldolly
A great read! My husband and I read it aloud to each other on a road trip and couldn't wait to pick up again after each stop. So inspiring! Read morePublished 9 months ago by WCM
This may be the very best collection of writings on Lincoln from the perspective of his Christianity and character.Published 14 months ago by hillwalker