The Soul of an American President: The Untold Story of Dwight D. Eisenhower's FaithAlan Sears, Craig Osten, Ryan ColeBaker Books / 2019 / Hardcover$15.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 9 Reviews
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Brianna5 Stars Out Of 5The Soul of an American PresidentAugust 29, 2019BriannaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Soul of an American President is a fantastic portrayal of the life and work of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. While reading, it is clear that authors Alan Sears, Craig Osten, and Ryan Cole compiled a significant amount of research into an easy to read format.
Sears, Osten, and Cole present a compelling argument that President Eisenhower's faith was stronger, more influential, and held more dearly than some critics believe. This rendering of President Eisenhower's life allows readers to see how his childhood, challenges, and calling all contributed to a faith that propelled his concern for the faith of others. Readers may also find it interesting to consider what displays of faith look like for someone in a position susceptible to a lot of criticism and acclaim.
Lastly, The Soul of an American President is conducive to reading in snippets; this is particularly helpful for readers who have short or unpredictable blocks of time to read.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Benjamin LilesMarble Falls, TXAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Man, Great Leader, Great Faith...July 20, 2019Benjamin LilesMarble Falls, TXAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5How do you start off talking about the faith of the leader of the free world? What would you say about a man who's silent prayers, to be the man in the position of being President over the United States? Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as Ike, was such a man. However, before he became President of America, Eisenhower served as "a five-star general during World War II and also as supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe" (from Wikipedia).
Apparently, even in his lifetime, having learned to be a man of impeccable faith from his parents he kept up a life of prayer from his earliest days. I have to say of this work of Sears, Osten and Cole for "The Soul of an American President" is a good read. Not only is it a "good" read you learn quite a bit of this man's life. Apparently, his predecessors -- parents and grandparents -- were from a group of Anabaptists. The Eisenhauers would eventually change their last name to what we know today, Eisenhower.
Being part of such a spiritual and religious community Dwight was brought up to being more than a man of faith but also a man of prayer. Despite this and the leanings to not go to war, Dwight D. Eisenhower led the charge along with other like-minded Americans to help our friends and allies in war-torn Europe. So, do I find the authors of this book on the life of Ike did a great job in penning this book? Hands down!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books for a fair and honest review.
MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Soul Of An American PresidentJune 29, 2019MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"The Soul Of An American President" is a great read on the spiritual life of President Dwight Eisenhower throughout his life. Just over 200 pages, the book covers many topics on the subject, including:
- Eisenhower's early upbringing and his family's involvement in the Jehovah's Witnesses and how Eisenhower became a true follower in Jesus Christ that caused some tension in his family.
- Hardships Eisenhower faced, especially losing a young son and experiencing a sometimes very stressful marriage.
- Relationships with various figures (MacArthur, Conner, Pershing, Patton, Bradley, Marshall, Truman, etc.).
- Spiritual development throughout his life and how his walk with Jesus Christ positively affected his involvement in World War 2 and the presidency.
Very readable, entertaining, and informative, I gained a greater appreciate of the challenges Eisenhower faced and how he learned to rely on Jesus for guidance, wisdom, and strength in his life. Excellent read and recommended.
I was given a review copy by Baker Books in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.
FayJac4 Stars Out Of 5The Faith of a PresidentJune 26, 2019FayJacMany books have been written about Dwight D. Eisenhower, however, there is some controversy regarding his faith. Since there are times when he did not seem to say anything or demonstrate his faith until after his presidency, some authors have implied he used it as a tool to win the polls. This book gives a perspective of the president from the viewpoint of his faith and starts back several generations before he was born throughout his lifetime.
I have to admit I struggled to get through much of this book. Although I love history it was laborious reading about his military years and some of the politics involved. It became more interesting as his faith became more alive and vocal.
Although Dwight D. Eisenhower did not show a lot of his faith during his military years, it is evident that he prayed hard at times and that he had a reawakening or change in his faith when he became president. His faith was definitely real during that time as this book shows, not a ploy as so many authors attest.
This is a good book on the faith of Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is refreshing to read of the ways God was preparing him to be president and of his profound faith that continued even after the presidency.
(Please Note: While I received an e-copy of this book to review by Baker Publishing Group, the opinions expressed are my own.)
thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Interesting BiographyJune 23, 2019thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I never read presidential biographies but I wanted to expand my reading and decided to give this one a try. I find political biographies extremely boring which is why I always avoid them but this one was very interesting. I didn't know more about Eisenhower than what I learned in school and I was unaware that he was Christian.
I appreciate the extensive historical research that went into this biography and all the cited sources. The authors did a great job of compiling all the information about Eisenhower's family and the deep roots of his faith.
This book delves into the life of the 34th president and how his familial's religious devotion made an impact in his life and in turn, an impact in the way that he governed. His presidency is marked by his moral convictions. The US was influenced by his right judgments and his personal faith was influenced by his experience in the White House.
I like that this biography didn't have to be super long (just a little over 200 pages) to say everything that needs to be said about Eisenhower's faith and presidency. I highly recommend to those who enjoy this type of book.
I received a copy of this book from Baker in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.