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Do you know what the candidates believe about God? Stephen Mansfield maintains that convictions shape policy, so voters deserve an answer. In Ask the Questions, he explains how faith will affect the 2016 presidential race, why the media on both sides gets religion wrong, what questions get the most honest answers, and how to actively participate in the political system.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801018870
ISBN-13: 9780801018879

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For most of American history, the conventional wisdom was that religion was too private a matter to ask a political candidate about. But in a political landscape in which we will see Muslims, atheists, Mormons, Buddhists, and Christians of all stripes running for high office, we cannot afford to avoid religious questions. It's within American voters' rights to know what their candidates believe about God and religion, because those beliefs shape policy and thus action. In both small and significant ways, a candidate's religious views (or lack thereof) define political leadership. And the time for skirting the question or giving vague answers is over.

In this rousing call to action, Stephen Mansfield shows readers
- what religion will mean in the 2016 presidential race
- how the media, both left and right, get religion wrong
- the reasons the faith of candidates such as JFK, Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama caused issues with both the electorate and even their own advisors
- how to ask the right questions to get honest answers
- what giving candidates a "religious pass" can cost the country
- how religion in American politics impacts America's role in the world
- and more

Frustrated and confused voters across the country and on both sides of the aisle will find here a balanced and essential guidebook to actively and intelligently participating in America's political system.

Author Bio

Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of George W. Bush, The Faith of Barack Obama, and Lincoln's Battle with God, among other works of history and biography. Founder of The Mansfield Group, a research and publishing firm, he is also an in-demand speaker and consultant. He holds a doctorate in history and literature and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, and Washington, DC, with his wife, Beverly.

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  1. Laura
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought provoking and worth the time
    March 12, 2016
    Laura
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    In a world where the media won't tell the truth and the best you can expect from a candidate is vagueness, how does someone who wants to vote in line with their religious morals really know where each person stands? The answer: You don't, unless you ask.

    Stephen Mansfield did a great job with his book, Ask the Question. He ties the history of religion and politics in America to the modern-day problem we all face as we watch debates and read news stories, trying to sort out what a person really believes and how those beliefs will affect their presidency.

    Mansfield encourages us to look at each person's story, more than their advertised statistics, to see how their beliefs have formed and how they may re-form in the future. Though I was disappointed that not all of the four major candidates taking up center stage at the moment were addressed, I appreciated the fairly in-depth profile of Hilary Clinton that Mansfield used to show us just what we should be looking at in a person's story if we want to see the truth. My two biggest takeaways from this book are that I don't know nearly enough about religion in general, and that I don't know anything about which candidates believe what - but I should.

    Overall, a good read. Mansfield does a great job of keeping the reader engaged and informing us of the past, the present, and the possible future, without getting weird about it. Ask the Question is a thought-provoking book and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to review it for Baker Books through their blogger reviewers program.
  2. cici
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    Politics and Religion
    March 1, 2016
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    Two subjects which are always hotbeds of discussion and really show the true depths of a person. Its complicated but I really love discussing/debting them as often as I can. And I just came across a book that feeds this morbid attraction of debat with others, Ask the Question by Stephen Mansfield not only demands but shares many thought out, invaluable points on both subjects. I know I will be using many of Mansfields words as case points while talking with anyone that wants to hear me. I am not a historical buff or have ever really enjoyed history courses, but I could have read more of the historical points more. It probably had to do with Mansfield easy style of reading or the fact that his words were enthralling, either way I devoured this book and can only say that I cannot wait for more to come from Mansfield. I received a copy from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
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