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The Faith of Ronald Reagan Paperback – January 17, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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!
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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although it was rather redundant, the author was true to the title of the book. Worked for me.Published 14 days ago by David D.
Excellent view of the Reagan so many of us loved as our president. I learned a lot about him that I didn't know.Published 1 month ago by PasoDave
Excellent read. Very interested in learning the background and faith of this great man.Published 3 months ago by Donna B.
Excellent with emphasis on Regan's relationship with God and spiritual roots..Published 3 months ago by Barbara A. Williams
This look at Ronald Reagan was outstanding. He was truly a great man and President.Published 3 months ago by Marion Talbot
Excellent read. Shows the faith and integrity of a life well lived.Published 4 months ago by nancy rocha
The author did an excellent work to show the faith side of Reagan which led to his greatness in so many areas. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patricia Keller