The Faith of Condoleezza Rice  -     By: Leslie Montgomery
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Crossway / 2007 / Hardcover

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How did a young black girl raised in Birmingham, Alabama in the turbulent 1960s grow up to become the first female National Security Advisor and later Secretary of State? Condoleezza Rice's story of success in the public sphere is powerful, but even more compelling is the story of how her Christian faith has served as her foundation for dealing with heartache and struggle.

Rice was raised by two godly, loving parents who taught her biblical values from a young age. These seeds of faith planted in her childhood have been the key to her perseverance through life's difficulties - especially her beloved parents' deaths. This biography examines Rice's faith and how it has shaped her. Readers will discover in her a Christian hero and will seek to cultivate the same fruit that is apparent in her life.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1581347995
ISBN-13: 9781581347999

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Con dolcezza, "an Italian musical term that instructs the musician to play softly or literally 'with sweetness,'" (p. 16) was the source for a most unusual name for a most remarkable woman, the United States first black National Security Advisor and its first black female Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. Leslie Montgomery chronicles Rice's fascinating life and spiritual walk in The Faith of Condoleezza Rice.
Montgomery guides us through the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights struggle in Birmingham, Alabama, where Rice was born and spent her early years. Rice was a friend of one of the teenage girls murdered in a church bombing during her adolescence. The author introduces us to Condoleezza's powerful spiritual heritage inherited on both sides from her grandparents.
The Civil Rights Movement comes alive too, because Condoleezza's family lived in the heart of the Civil Rights country. Her father was mentored by Fred Shuttlesworth, a Christian who believed that God had called him "to lead by example against the sin of prejudice." (p. 52) Shuttlesworth lived through bombings, "beatings with whips and chains," (p. 54), a water canon attack which hospitalized him, and attacks on his family. Montgomery gives an overview of the battle for equality in the early chapters and interweaves other information as it developed during Rice's life.
The author credits much of Rice's success to the virtues instilled in her by her parents, John Wesley Rice, Jr., and Angelena Ray Rice. Though John and Angelena wanted a large family, they wrapped their lives around serving God and raising Condoleezza. However, much of Rice's love for and dedication to democracy comes from the Civil Rights struggle.
The Faith of Condoleezza Rice is more than a biography; it is also a story of Rice's walk with God. From the heritage of faith instilled in her by her family to the questions of family and witnessing to others, Montgomery explores God's working in and through Rice. Montgomery writes in an absorbing style. She utilizes many quotations and stories from friends and family of Secretary of State Rice.
Occasionally she inserts information which seems a little awkward in that place. One mistake made in the pre-publication edition may be corrected by the date of publication. Montgomery writes that Abraham Lincoln had owned slaves. With many sources, both correct and incorrect available, it is easy to make that mistake. The chapter entitled "The Adolescent Years" seems misnamed because it deals more with Rice's childhood than her teenage years. Also it precedes a chapter entitled "The Pre-teen Years." Usually "adolescent" refers to puberty and after.
Despite these few problems, this book is well worth reading, informative and interesting. It describes the life and spiritual walk of an excellent role model for young people, especially young women, and encourages readers to live their faith. The recorded speeches and the interviews with Condoleezza Rice show her to be a deep thinker, not swayed by current fads. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book

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    July 21, 2011
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    The book is well written, going into much childhood history which shaped this amazing ladies faith.

    Anyone interested in a good overview of the freedom struggles of African Americans especially in southern US states will find this an informative read.
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    I was disappointed in the book. I thought the racial part was primary and her actual faith took second place.

    I really like Dr. Rice and appreciate her as a person. We all had to overcome our early lives and the problems our ancestors had when they immigrated to this country.

    Our faith is personal between us and our Lord. It really doesn't have anything to do with our great grandparents, grandparents or even our parents. We didn't need an education on the writer's opinions. I wanted to read about Dr. Rice and her faith and how it fits in with her daily life.
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    March 31, 2011
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    We really enjoyed the book and the price was very good!! It was so easy to order and it came in a timely manner.Thanks
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