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When the Watergate scandal broke and Dent was accused, his efforts at propagating American freedom seemed wasted. But found “more of an innocent victim than the perpetrator,” Dent could not deny God’s grace. His daughter Ginny writes how he eventually embraced the gospel, entering full-time ministry to take true freedom to the world.
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Miriam Jacob5 Stars Out Of 5Finding True Freedom From the White HouseSeptember 30, 2013Miriam JacobQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Finding True Freedom From the White House to the World" is an outstanding memoir of Harry S. Dent by his devoted daughter, Ginny Dent Brant.
Harry S. Dent was a most inspiring leader, a powerful political heavyweight, a hard-driving activist and a trailblazing pioneer, but his greatest and most profound impact was as a humble and dedicated servant who led countless people to Christ.
Harry loved God and here lies his true greatness. His passion for truth won him the greatest victory in his life. He was a courageous man who did not flinch in the face of adversity. Harry passionately stood for freedom and staunchly defended it. Freedom is a striking paradox. It involves answering God's call for our lives. Harry responded to God's call and he found life in all its fullness.
As Ginny describes it vividly, Harry's "passionate love glows incandescently - for America, then for God." After the darkness of Watergate drew a veil over a distressing chapter of Harry's political life, another whole lifetime began for him. It was a new day and a new time in which Harry's own Watergate experience prompted him to begin an eternal and never-ending quest for the ultimate truth.
Harry S. Dent was a visionary, quick to view a good cause as an opportunity to do what was right. He was a good person at heart, a man of courage and integrity. As Ginny says, "God had my father's heart in His hands, and He was changing him day by day." In February 1978, Harry Dent, aged forty-eight, finally gave his heart and life to God. It is not surprising to know that his greatest days were still ahead, waiting to see the light of dawn in the wings of time.
When Harry Dent invited Christ into his life, the change in him was real and lasting. He became aware of what freedom truly is. He was powered and propelled by a passionate love for God and for people, which eventually led to the birth of his ministry called "Laity Alive and Serving", whose motto was "The Purpose of Life is to serve God." It was a channel for Harry to exhort people to live wholeheartedly for Christ.
For Ginny, supporting her dad in his ministry was one of the greatest joys of her life. It was something she did for about fifteen years. She writes, "We were the father-daughter duo, and God's intervention in our lives made for a powerful story."
When Harry Dent eventually left politics in 1981, he sensed that God had chosen him for a special call and divine purpose. He decided to follow God's agenda and God's plan for his life. Harry's testimony states, "I am free in Christ." Ginny adds that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. "And only in Him can we find true freedom." "Freedom from bondage to sin is a precious gift indeed." Harry was striving "to know Him and make Him known."
Confronting life's key question, "What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?", Ginny reveals the awesome secret of how to confront death itself. Writing about a friend whose gteatest fear was facing death, Ginny narrates how he learnt to face death with grace, kneeling at the foot of the cross of Calvary.
Harry and his wife, Betty knew with all their heart that they must first connect to God in order to be successful in carrying out His plan for their lives. They learnt to depend on God each moment of every day. They knew that safety was being right in the middle of God's will, where there is divine peace and security. They refused to fit into a certain pattern, having discovered that they were unique, one-of-a-kind people, who loved God with their whole heart and soul.
Ginny Dent Brant has written a soul-stirring story of her father's life, filled with some of the most inspiring spiritual insights and thoughtful reflections of God's divine love and grace towards her family. As they passed through the long dark tunnel of their father's illness together, not one of them has forgotten what God did for their father. They saw God's Hand in their family, and they were grateful.
Harry Dent and his devoted family found their true freedom in Christ, stepping out confidently from the White House to the world. Ginny discovered that "freedom is a tremendous gift - and freedom in Christ is the best kind of freedom one can acquire." To God be all the glory!
Â© Miriam Jacob
Donna SavageLas Vegas, NVAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5God can change anyone!February 21, 2011Donna SavageLas Vegas, NVAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5You don't need to remember Watergate or care about politics to enjoy reading Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World. Anyone who's prayed for a family member or friend will enjoy Ginny Brant's first-hand account of praying for her dad to change his priorities. Ginny's story reminded me not to lose hope over unanswered prayers. If God can change a hard-driving politician like Harry Dent into a passionate ambassador for Christ, then He can change the people I love. Finding True Freedom reminds me of the truth of Jeremiah 32:17: Nothing is too difficult for God.
Carol ShawBluemont, VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An inspiring story about the power of prayer!January 16, 2011Carol ShawBluemont, VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Finding True Freedom is an inspiring book, and I could not put it down once I started it! Ginny is a gifted writer who has truly found her voice! As I read the powerful narrative of her faith that her father would come to know Christ, I felt that I was in the midst of a grand conversation, just listening to her story! We are very fortunate that this author is following in her father's footsteps, impacting many lives by sharing his testimony and her faith with the world. In this book, Ginny Dent Brant eloquently writes of her father's spiritual journey and the impact that he had so many lives. As Ginny tells this story of the power of prayer, faith, and family, she beautifully blends the historical narrative of our nation's struggles during a time when our leaders were fighting for the very principles that our country stands for. While Harry Dent's role in shaping our nation at this time was significant, Ginny lovingly relates to us how this man took his strengths as a leader to a higher, more personal and eternal level to share with the world the change that Jesus Christ had made in his life. This is a "must read" for all...but all loving daughters will especially find it an inspiring and touching story!
PainterAlexandria, MNAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent historical and personal story!November 15, 2010PainterAlexandria, MNAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The account of the author's life in Washington, her father's service in the White House ministry, priorities, passions and God at work in life and government was beautiful, overwhelming, encouraging and insightful. I am thankful Ginny wrote this story. I see the Watergate story more clearly now. I did not know anything about Mr. Dent before reading this book, but I now have a deep respect for his integrity and influence in the lives of so many through his service in government and ministry. It was an amazing story to wrap my mind around. I recommend the book to others without reservations.
emelsonSimpsonville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing, encouraging storyNovember 10, 2010emelsonSimpsonville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5We've all heard of the Watergate political scandal--it's the cover-up that destroyed a nation's faith in its leaders--and America has never been the same. But this book goes beyond the obvious, uncovering the pain of a family and the sovereignty of God.
Ms. Brant was the teenage daughter of Harry Dent, former aide to then President Richard Nixon, when the news broke. Even though her father was one of the few surrounding the President who weren't guilty of wrong-doing, the consequences for their family were devastating.
Out of that pressure was born a faith that would change nations. Wounded by the press, Ginny turned to God and as her faith grew so did her prayers for a lost father. Disappointed in his daughter's new-found faith, Harry tried to entice her down his path of success. Ginny held firm and saw her prayers answered when her father also turned to God.
That decision proved to not only be a turning point in his life, but in the lives of those in the future Republic of Romania.
Ms. Brant weaves this tale with the style of a master storyteller. Her lessons encourage us to look for God's plan in our own lives without beating us over the head with religiosity. She proves that history is always more powerful when told in the context of those who lived it.