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The American Patriot's Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America

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13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

A perfect gift for someone who loves America and God

This book is a combination of a New King James Bible (and all the helps that come with it) and a history of the United States, looking through the lens of Christianity. It is large, hard-cover, and has very readable print.



I am reviewing this book for Thomas Nel...
This book is a combination of a New King James Bible (and all the helps that come with it) and a history of the United States, looking through the lens of Christianity. It is large, hard-cover, and has very readable print.



I am reviewing this book for Thomas Nelson publishers and I give it 5 stars (the best rating). This Bible is perfect for those who want to study the Bible alongside of American history.



The preface includes a family records section, map of the US including dates of each state's induction, an area to fill in Military and Public service, and family deaths. It includes a well-written Call to Action. Thee are lots of full-color inserts containing articles on themes such as:



Christianity in Colonial America
Faith of our Founders
American Revolution
The Great Awakening
Christianity in American Education
Civil War
Monuments to American Patriotism
World War II
Equal Rights
Famous Christian Americans

This Bible will make a wonderful gift for anyone who is patriotic. There is no mistaking the Christian roots upon which our country was founded.

posted by LucilleCO on May 5, 2009

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9 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

blatant patriolatry

The American Patriot's Bible (New King James Version) is Thomas Nelson's latest venture into the world of thematic study Bibles. It has a minimal set of maps, a good concordance, a brief introduction for each book of the Bible, and a large number of essays and reflecti...
The American Patriot's Bible (New King James Version) is Thomas Nelson's latest venture into the world of thematic study Bibles. It has a minimal set of maps, a good concordance, a brief introduction for each book of the Bible, and a large number of essays and reflections purportedly connecting the Bible and American history.

From a purely physical book-making standpoint, this is a nice Bible. It has thicker than average paper for a study Bible, a decently large typeface and it looks like a durable book. It's really too bad that such a nicely designed Bible wasn't matched with quality of content: as a Christian study Bible, it fails on both counts.

First off, aside from the "patriot's" material, there are virtually no study elements at all. No biblical cross-references. No footnotes aside from the NKJV's translators' notes. No charts or timelines. A shameful dearth of maps. The introductions to each book give considerably less historical and theological context for the book than the equivalent Wikipedia articles.

Secondly, it fails to be Christian. Michael Horton would call it Christless. You want a Bible for Moralistic Therapeutic Deism? Legalism? This is it. Its essays emphasize such traditional American values as hard work and our accountability to God. There is plenty to encourage the idea that what God wants from us is to work harder. There is nothing here for the broken, repentant sinner, aware of his own inadequacy, whose desperate hope is to fall at the foot of the cross and find grace.

What then of the patriotic elements? The glowing biographies of people honoring God for their American success, the vaguely spiritual, inspirational quotes scattered throughout, the multiple glossy inserts attempting to sketch out all of American history and tie it to the Biblical narrative? All I can say is that I found it all as dubious in its history as its theology. This flag-waving, Chicken-Soup-for-the-Soul-ish pass at a study Bible is best left on the shelf at the Christian bookstore.

posted by sara97 on May 20, 2009

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