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If you've always wanted the opportunity to pull up a chair and join a Bible study with former president Jimmy Carter, Living Faith is just the audiobook for you. For those of other--even non-religious--persuasions, Carter's rather flat but still engagingly homespun reading offers insight into the deeply personal faith that has motivated Carter throughout his adult life, shaping his decisions as a businessman-farmer, father and husband, diplomat and humanitarian, and president. Living Faith gives as much weight to Carter's remembrances about growing up and living in Plains, Georgia, as to the Iran hostage crisis, the infamous Playboy interview, and the other events of Carter's political life. Sprinkled throughout are Bible stories, quoted chapter and verse; Carter's mission seems not so much to evangelize listeners about his specific Christian faith as to urge on others the gentle decency and humble commitment to good works that this memoir chronicles. Random House has also released an audio edition of Always a Reckoning and Other Poems, also read by Carter. (Running time: 90 minutes) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this rich and very intimate spiritual autobiography, the former president shares his living Christian faith. Carter's deep faith is rooted in his family and community, and he traces the growth and development of his faith through his career in the Navy and various political offices, and through his work with Habitat for Humanity (which builds housing for poor Americans) and the Carter Center (an international peacemaking organization). Carter also discusses the impact that Soren Kierkegaard and Reinhold Niebuhr have had on his life. With engaging humor and self-effacement, Carter shares his personal stories of the lessons of faith he has learned as a son, husband and father. In addition, he shares his sense of justice and the ways his faith has affected his actions and personal lifestyle. Carter's book is an enjoyable look into the life of a man engaged in living out his faith in the public eye.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 edition (September 14, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812930347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812930344
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ratmammy VINE VOICE on October 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I greatly enjoyed reading LIVING FAITH, not only because I have always admired Jimmy Carter as a person, but also because I found that I enjoy his writing style and wanted to hear what he had to say.
Living Faith is mainly about his views on how he lives his life according to his religious beliefs, with many passages about his childhood and adulthood, and of course thoughts on his years in the White House. He also writes about his relationship with his wife Rosalyn and their children, his relationship with his parents, and what he has been doing since he left the White House in 1980.
Although I am not a religious person, I was still able to enjoy this book because it gave me insight to Carter's character - a good hearted person who lives and has lived with good intentions and a purpose to help others. This book is a must-read for any one that is an admirer of Jimmy Carter.
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Former President Jimmy Carter is a truly outstanding person. He is very devoutly committed to his faith and he uses illustrations from his own life to affirm the faith that guides him.

Carter is indeed a humble peacemaker and this book is a sterling testament to faith, hope and living a good life. It is a book for everybody regardless of faith. It is a book about core values and internal beliefs. It is a book about the power of sharing.
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I really appreciated Carter's description of his personal faith and his attempts to live and practice Christianity in today's world. I think progressive Christians will find this book speaks to them in their attempts to reconcile a very real faith with an outward-looking and inclusive world-view. Being engaged in left-wing causes does NOT require abandoning religious faith, and we need more men and women to assert that there IS a religious left, too. In fact, for many, religious faith is the inspiration that leads us into politics. I can't beileve a man this kind and sincere and gentle was ever president, it seems so bizarre considering today's realities.
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After reading this you will be able see why Carter is renowned as a Sunday School teacher. This work began with material from lessons he has given in his Southern Baptist congregation. He enlivened it with examples from his life and how he has tried to live out the teachings of his faith. The result is a very warm, personal, and powerful biographical account of Christian discipleship in practice. It is not entirely gloss though; he also deals with times in his life when he struggled with his faith, and a few contemporary subjects like the "Jesus seminar" and the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Good: The stories from his life are inspiring, particularly of his work against racism in the south in the 60s and his current work in mediating international conflicts as part of the Carter Center. I also was touched by the "personal edge" that this book brings. Carter talks openly about his marriage, conflicts with his sons, his career changes, and personal discovery of God's leading for his life. It's powerful.
Bad: Occasionally he gives excessive focus to justifying some of his political situations in the 70s. But this is just a small fault....
Opinion: As someone who can identify both with Carter's political/social views and many of his spiritual understandings, I found it to be wonderful reading. In recent times the Bible has been widely misused by the political right to justify all sorts of heinious public policies, and those of us who differ have often been derided as less than Christian. In this context Carter's book is extremely refreshing. It's by far the most inspiring read of the year. The book is rather pricy, but well worth it in my opinion.
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President Carter gives us a window into his life and family to understand what makes our "born again" President tick. It is not a memoir, but a revelation of what it means to be a faithful Christian and how anyone can emulate Jesus. After all that is what a Christian is supposed to do. Mr. Carter's style is very much like listening to him address us, sometimes he back tracks a little because he want to make a point that we really need to know. For those Christians on the other side of the political fence, it is an understanding of Mr. Carter as a brother in faith and not the political cartoon. We can see how sometimes the office of the Presidency can overwhelm the occupant, and leave us to assume the President is weak. Mr. Carter's witness to Jesus and the message of Peace and Love in his own words and example show tremendous strength of character, and dedication to a living God. This would make an excellent study and discussion book for young adults as well as more "mature" couples. Thank you Mr. Jimmy, especially for reminding us that the little dash in between, is what we have done.
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Tolerance, forgiveness, understanding, and love are all characteristics of a Christian. The literal translation of the word Christian is "Christ-like". Jimmy Carter demonstrates the true meaning of following the example of Christ in his everyday life. Living Faith provides us with a personal example of how our leaders should govern with compassion and love and refraining from passing judgement. Going to church, doesn't make one a Christian. Although Jimmy Carter uses his Christian faith as an example, it doesn't matter, this book is more about doing the right thing and that applies to any religion.
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