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The Faith of America's First Ladies
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Women will be encouraged to view their roles, talents, and responsibilities as opportunities to allow God to shine through them. Highlights include:
- Abigail Adams' commitment to serving as the primary caretaker for her family during the Revolution shows the worth of working with eager hands, (Proverbs 31:13).
- Laura Bush's heart of compassion shows the significance of extending hands to the poor and needy in times of crisis, (Proverbs 31:20).
- Louisa Adams' remarkable solo journey to Paris under siege by Napoleon shows the value of steadfastness during a time of terror threats, (Proverbs 31:21).
- Barbara Bush's wit and quips reveal the splendor of celebrating joy in life, (Proverbs 31:25).
- Martha Washington's willingness to knit shirts and socks for soldiers during the Revolution shows the value of leading by example, (Proverbs 31:19).
- Anna Harrison's words of wisdom and prayers for her children and grandchildren deliver a family legacy of faith and leadership. (Proverbs 31:26).
|Title: The Faith of America's First Ladies|
By: Jane Cook
Number of Pages: 223
Vendor: AMG Publishers
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 1 ounce
Stock No: WW570887
Highlights include:* Abigail Adam's commitment to serving as the primary caretaker for her family during the Revolution shows the worth of working with eager hands.
* Martha Washington's willingness to knit shirts and socks for soldiers during the Revolution shows the value of leading by example.
* Harriet Lane's fashion flair uncovers the true source of beauty in a world of extreme makeovers.
* Helen Taft's investment inklings blossom into a bouquet of benefits.
* Laura Bush's heart of compassion shows the significance of extending hands to the poor and needy in times of crisis.
* Anna Harrison's words of wisdom and prayers for her children and grandchildren delivers a family legacy of faith and leadership.
* Louisa Adam's remarkable solo journey to Paris under siege by napoleon shows the value of steadfastness during a time of terror threats.
* Dolley Madison's wandering journey of faith reaches its final destination, showing the peace that comes through a commitment and reverence to God.
* Barbara Bush's wit and quips reveal the splendor of celebrating in life.
* Nell Arthur's life shows that every woman is a first lady to God and her family.
JANE HAMPTON COOK is the former webmaster for President George W.Bush. As White House Deputy Director of Internet New Services from 2001-03, she designed President Bush's official White House websites, whitehouse.gov and whitehousekids.gov. She also developed his official government website when he was Governor of Texas.
Today Jane speaks to woman's church groups and professional organizations. Jane is the author of Maggie Houston: My Father's Honor and a contributor to the Points of Light Foundation's Volunteer Leadership Magazine. She is also the senior editor for Baylor University's proposal for the George W.Bush Presidential Library Center. A member of McLean Bible Church, Jane lives with her husband and son in Alexandria, Virginia.
Author: Jane Hampton Cook
Located in: Vienna, VA
Submitted: March 21, 2006
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a wife and mother with a professional background in communications. I had the honor and opportunity to serve President George W. Bush for five years, including two years in the White House. The focus of my work for the Bushes was to design and develop the President's websites. After I left the White House in 2003, I had completed a research fellowship through the White House Historical Association. Although my fellowship was for another project, I learned a great deal about first ladies, which led to this book. I'm also a speaker and writer (janecook.com)
What was your motivation behind this project? After leaving the White House, I re-read one of my favorite passages in the Bible, Proverbs 31. I discovered that this proverb describes a first lady because the woman in the passage was married to a politician, a man who took his seat at the city gate. I realized that Proverbs 31 would make a great metaphor for a book on first ladies.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope readers will gain a deeper appreciation of their value and worth in the eyes of the Lord, especially that women will be encouraged as "first ladies" of God's heart.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Certainly David McCullough's historical work on John Adams has been an inspiration to me. I also love Jane Austen. I am inspired by great stories. When I read autobiographies, biographies, news accounts, and original letters from first ladies, I was drawn to those slice of life moments that we all can relate to, a desire to support our families, the desire for health and beauty, the desire for love, and so on. Abigail Adams' work ethic during the Revolutionary War showed me what it means in Proverbs 31 to "select wool and flax and work with eager hands." Harriet Lane's attention to inner and outer beauty exemplifies was it means to "wear fine linen and purple." The romance between Ulysses and Julia Grant (he pursued, she rejected at first) reminded me of God's unrelenting pursuit of us and the power of being worth more than rubies. Louisa Adams' courage in the face of terrorism in 1815 can inspire us in our own efforts to protect our families. Dolley Madison's faith journey proves that it's never to late to embrace faith in Christ.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I simply hope that THE FAITH OF AMERICA'S FIRST LADIES will inspire readers in both their faith and their patriotism.
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