In "Barack Obama: An American Story" you'll get to know the senator and presidential nominee, and see what ideas and circumstances have shaped his life and leadership. From his childhood in Hawaii to his political career in Illinois, you'll meet a man who has worked to bring justice and reconciliation to diverse perspectives in this country.
Youve read about historical U.S. figures in school textbooks. Maybe youve even seen a mini-series or movie about some of the leaders of Americas past. But right now youre living in the midst of history in the making. You are watching a man with an unlikely story become one of the most important people in American politics today. It doesnt matter whether youve heard him speak, or even whether or not you agree with his politics. The life of Barack Obama is an inspirational story for anyone who has ever felt abandoned, alone, different, or who has wanted to do great things and make a difference in the world. Learn about the life-shaping experiences Barack Obama faced as he: was raised by a single mom and his grandparents rose to the top of his class at Harvard law accepted a faith that gives his life deeper meaning left a lucrative career in law to work in public service In 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out about the state of our country and its leadership, saying, We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. Barack Obama was only six-years-old when that speech took place, and forty years later he stood in the place where Abraham Lincoln once stood, and announced he was running for President because of what Dr. King called the fierce urgency of now. He recognized a country once again in turmoil and a nation looking for something differentsomething better. As you read about the life of Barack Obama youll be encouraged, inspired, and challenged to look at the world around you and see how you can take your own improbable journey to change it.
Bob Carlton is an encourager, connector, conversationalist, blogger, and friend. He is part of Journey Imperfect Faith Community in Austin, Texas - an open, inclusive community of people helping one another follow Jesus as best they can. For more than 20 years, Bob has worked with tech start-ups, publishers, churches, and non-profits as they grapple with change and growth. Bob has spent the last several years working in the intersection of faith and online communities. Bob and his wife Lisa have two daughters, Mary and Katie.
Ariele Gentiles is a writer currently working as an editor of poetry for the Burnside Writers Collective. Some of her work can be found on the Burnside Writers Collective website, and in The Ankeny Briefcase. A native Texan currently residing in Portland, Oregon, she is soon returning to the Heartland to live and work in Austin.