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Mary Beth Brown is the author of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling book, Hand of Providence: The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan and Condi: The Life of a Steel Magnolia . Mary Beth writes a nationally syndicated column, which can be viewed at www.marybethbrown.net, and is a frequent guest on radio and TV.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595553533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553539
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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President Reagan was a man of faith. He believed in prayer, and he depended upon a sovereign God who answers prayer. He displayed his faith through generosity, kindness, and love. Because I admire these qualities and the President who possessed them, I was eager to read Mary Beth Brown's The Faith of Ronald Reagan. Brown is a New York Times Best-Selling Author, so I assumed that the book would be well written. Had I thought twice, I would have remembered that popularity has little to do with quality.

Brown gives us an overview of each stage in the President's life, even going back as far as the childhood of his parents. She covers the most important events while throwing in the more interesting details, and has no shortage of quotes from Reagan and those who knew and loved him. By the end, I appreciate President Reagan even more than I did before, and I am convinced that he trusted God, both in public and private.

Though Brown succeeds in highlighting the faith of Reagan, she fails to write a serious biography. She is too attached, too adoring. The book sounds like a mother's ode to her most beloved son, or a high school yearbook tribute to the quarterback who died in a tragic accident written by the overly familiar friend.

True to her role as overly familiar friend, Brown mentions any Reagan event that she was "fortunate to attend," even when it has little to do with the context. And, once she tells us that Reagan's childhood nickname was "Dutch," we almost lose hope that she'll ever use his real name again:

"Dutch also occasionally led prayer meetings at church.
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One of my most admired heroes is former President Ronald Reagan. I remember him for the dignity and honor he brought to the Office of President and for the hope he brought in declaring that we "are a city on a hill." He is known for many things and will certainly be remembered as one of our country's greatest Presidents. He was also a man of deep religious conviction and an admirable faith in Christ.

In our "PC" world, it is not advisable to admit that one sees things in black and white or holds firmly to any singular faith system as uniquely true. President Reagan was unapologetically committed to his faith and it informed his views on everything from hope, God's providence, and man's responsibility to others. It is doubtless that Reagan's faith motivated his passion for eliminating communism and providing opportunities for others to experience true freedom.

I say that his faith informed his views...because he was not a religious crusader; rather, he was a man whose faith instructed him to embrace the right perspective on whatever crusade he was engaged in.

Brown did a superb job of documenting her sources as she retold the story of Reagan's faithful life. This is not a work of a historical revisionist, but a carefully researched and exquisitely told narrative that demonstrates what is and has always been true of this beloved President.

I highly recommend this book!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...]: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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This is a biography of Ronald Reagan. But it is not the typical biography. This book tells of his life from birth to President as many do and then puts a focus on his time as President. It mentions some of his accomplishments. but the real story is how much Ronald Reagan depended on God for decisions. It tells of his outspoken views of God in all of his speeches. It talks of him as a father and a husband and how much his family meant to him. It also tells how he brought the country out of recession to prosperity.
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I enjoyed this book tremendously. Living through the Reagan presidency, the book paints him to be exactly as I expected: a kind, beloved man who was a good president and loved the Lord. His sense of humor was amazing, telling Nancy, "I forgot to duck," when he went through the intended assassination attempt on his life. Well done, Ms Brown!
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Several years ago I remember looking on a popular website and seeing a very short bio about President Reagan. If I remember correctly it ended by saying something like 'his accomplishments are questionable and it remains to be seen what his legacy will be.' And yet now, Republicans vie against each other to label themselves "Reagan Republicans" and candidates on both sides claim to espouse his ideals. Even President Obama recently made comments trying to draw favorable comparisons to his political philosophies and makes it known he is reading about him. The "mantle of Reagan" has become a valuable political commodity in these difficult economic times and bumper stickers proclaim "I miss Reagan."

But what was it about Reagan that made him beloved and admired, or even great? According to Mary Beth Brown his faith in God played a significant part. She argues that it was a foundation of religious values instilled by his mother that gave him his direction in life, and those values guided his decisions and shaped the kind of president he later became. Everything from his abhorrence of communism to his optimism after the assassination attempt was an effort to do what he thought was right and make the most of the opportunity he felt had been given him by God.

This isn't a straightforward or scholarly biography of Reagan but rather a look at the views he expressed publicly and privately about religion. It's very uplifting and inspirational but it's also filled with scriptures and quotes by various religious writers which often don't have a specific connection to things Reagan actually said.
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