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The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era Hardcover – September 15, 2011
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“This is a story about the depth of a man’s character. It is a story about his magnanimity, sense of gratitude, servant-leadership, loyalty, and concern for real people, not just abstractions or “staff.” It is about something far deeper.
“Washington has too few men and women who exhibit this kind of moral fiber. It was my privilege and joy to work for one of them.”
—Timothy S. Goeglein, The Man in the Middle
Timothy S. Goeglein is vice president of External Relations for Focus on the Family. He served as deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison under President George W. Bush for nearly eight years. Goeglein and his wife have two sons.
From the Back Cover
The Man in the Middle is Goeglein’s unique insider account of why he believes most of the 43rd president’s in-office decisions were made for the greater good, and how many of those decisions could serve as a blueprint for the emergence of a thoughtful, confident conservatism. From a fresh perspective, Goeglein gives behind-the-scenes accounts of key events during that historic two-term administration, reflecting on what was right and best about the Bush years. He was in Florida for the 2000 election recount, at the White House on 9/11, and watched Bush become an effective, confident wartime president.
Goeglein, now a vice president with Focus on the Family, also looks back at how Bush handled matters like stem cell research, faith-based initiatives, the emergence of the Values Voters, the nominations of both Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito—in which Goeglein had a direct role—and debates over the definition of marriage.
In all, The Man in the Middle supports historians who view the legacy of President George W. Bush in a favorable light, recognizing his conservative ideas as worth upholding in order to better shape our nation and change the world. Goeglein concludes the book on a hopeful note, showing how a thoughtful, prudent infusion of faith in American culture and public life can contribute to an American Renaissance in this new century.
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Goeglein offers behind-the-scenes glimpses at how the administration chose and advanced Supreme Court nominees, stem cell policies, the faith-based initiative and much more that will interest and educate both supporters and critics of the Bush administration.
Unlike some "kiss-and-tell" exposes of disgruntled staffers with axes to grind, this is a book of grace, integrity and hope. Recommended reading for anyone who values history, leadership and faith.
Instead of condemning someone who wronged him, Bush forgave them and prayed with them, he showed love for another more than himself. This is an earmark of a Christian, that he is known by his love. Something not commonly seen in the world of politics or in the workplace, past, present or I expect the future. While many will put Bush down, I expect none of them have placed themselves in his shoes not even for a moment. Empathy and forgiveness are both absent from their character. Those who are quick to condemn him, and others, are not unlike those who gathered stones to kill a sinner of days of old, only to have Christ say; let the him who is without sin cast the first stone. Back then all dropped their stones since the anger they had towards others was the anger they deserved for themselves. But that is not the case today as many people hold themselves as their own gold standard, or what Christians call self righteousness.
This book shows us, that how we deal with situations, both good and bad, tells others about our true character and love. For those of you who are not Christians and claim to be open minded, this book will help you gain insight that cannot be gained by 30 second media clips and sound bites, and never accounted in the newspapers or magazines.Read more ›
What shocks the reader and begs the question is why does he start with his fall from office and grace with the Bush Whitehouse after discovery of plagurism? The rest of the memoir answers this question that he has learned that what he believes about eternity informs and animates his whole life,including his vocation in politics and culture. He is a man who grew up in the Midwest in the Lutheran faith who discovers that his is the foundation and root of all he is and is passionate about. While to most such an earthshaking, life changing event would destroy them or severly damage their future, Goeglein builds the case that this providential happening was actually for the best and his edification in the grace and mercy of Christ, which Pres. Bush pours out upon the situation.
Goeglein thereby develops how such a faith exhibited by Bush and other public figures inspires and propels him down destiny's road. History can only be the real judge of the failure or success of such, and Goeglein very much advocates this for the political figures he has served, especially our 43rd President.
He very much is a passionate practioner of conservatism and defines it well along with referring to his mentors and informants of this worldview in his life. America is torn, the author believes, between those who would wish to tear down and replace completely our country's foundational roots which this author believes is happening with big government, etc. to the detriment and eventual destruction of America the great. He offers Renaissance plans for the counter to this.
Truly worth reading and contemplating!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this book. I've read several books by and about George W. Bush. Since I identify with the "values" voters, that made this book the more meaningful.Published 19 months ago by bibliofred
Slow for the most part. Clearly in support of 43, which he should be having worked for him. Ideas could have been organized better.Published 19 months ago by Richard Ross
Very Quick delivery. Excellent condition. Priced right. Thank you.Published 23 months ago by diamondlogic
The book makes clear the strong Christian character of President George W. Bush while in the White House doing the most difficult job in the world. Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by Robert Davidson
A wonderful read of things in the Whitehouse during the Bush administration. The respect for this great president only strengthened with this book.Published on June 25, 2014 by Wilani Wahl
I have always admired President George W. Bush and after reading this my respect certainly hasn't been misplaced, his devotion to God, family and country has placed him even on a... Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by Elizabeth Raiford
The books/cd I have chosen and read I enjoyed very much. 2 I have not read just yet as have been gone for a while but I am anticipating that I will read them and enjoy. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Judith Raymond