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"The Faith of Barack Obama"

I love to read and I enjoy blogging. So when I ran across Thomas Nelson: Book Reveiw Bloggers I quickly signed up and requested my first book, The Faith of Barack Obama by Stephen Mansfield. As I read the introduction I was quickly intrigued by this gentleman that is n...
I love to read and I enjoy blogging. So when I ran across Thomas Nelson: Book Reveiw Bloggers I quickly signed up and requested my first book, The Faith of Barack Obama by Stephen Mansfield. As I read the introduction I was quickly intrigued by this gentleman that is now our President-Elect. I quickly learned that he is a man that grew up in an environment that many of us will never experience. His mother was an atheist, his step-father Muslim, he attended Catholic school and at the age of 24, upon attending a worship service at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, found God¿s spirit calling him. It was at this worship service that he dedicated his life to finding the truth in God.

This book gave me insight into this man and his faith. I see his exposure to Islam, atheism, Catholicism, Protestantism as a well rounded insight into just a few of the many faiths that make up this country. We are a country, not of one faith but of many, not only of just beautiful and huge mega-church buildings, but of a faith that comes from living on the street and in the rough and tumble neighborhoods of our cities. It¿s because his well-roundedness that I see Barack Obama as being able to relate to every type of person that God has put on this earth. This book allowed me to see him as a person that may be able to reach out to all people and unite us as a country not only politically but as a country of faithful and believing people. Through him I see hope for our younger generation that may have a very strong belief in God and want to make a difference in the world, but have turned away from the organized church but ¿do faith like jazz¿.

This book takes the reader inside the church where Barack Obama¿s spiritual journey began and gives the you an insight into the congregation of an African-American church and ¿black theology¿. It also gives the reader glimpses of the spiritual journey¿s of Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, and John McCain, which I found to be very interesting.

I¿m excited that I had a chance to read this book as it truly has given me more insight into this man that is to soon become the leader of our wonderful country! If I had read it before the election it would have cemented my decision even more, but reading it now after the election it has given me the assurance that there may be hope out there for our country and this changing world. If you haven¿t had a chance to read it I would highly recommend that you pick it up.

posted by hobnobs on November 16, 2008

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

'Understandable' spirit of anger toward white America?

Interesting that this author claims to have an 'unbias' opinion of Obama and his faith, yet seems to believe that the outrageous anti-American attitude from his former church was in some way understandable. If that were truly the case, Senator Obama wouldn't have denou...
Interesting that this author claims to have an 'unbias' opinion of Obama and his faith, yet seems to believe that the outrageous anti-American attitude from his former church was in some way understandable. If that were truly the case, Senator Obama wouldn't have denounced it publicly and left the church behind - throwing away 20 years of association. Let's take off our 'politically correct' shaded glasses and call out EVERY form of racism for what it is - unacceptable and misguided.

posted by Anonymous on July 19, 2008

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

    A Great Place to Start

    During the time leading up to the 2008 election I have to confess that I did not make much effort to learn about Barack Obama. I was actually turned off by the hype and everyone's willingness to elevate him without knowing much about his character. However, now that he is our president, I felt that it would be irresponsible of me to not know anything about our new president. The Faith of Barack Obama by Stephen Mansfield is an excellent read. As an author, who obviously has a political leaning like every other American, does a good job of presenting Barack in a neutral light.<BR/><BR/>Barack Obama had a very interesting variety of influences as a child and was interesting to see how media had taken bits and pieces of his life and elevated them in various ways. Beyond giving a look into Obama, Mansfield gives an overview of how religion has shaped politics in the past, how the religous-right has suffered over the past years and how the culture is changing. For me this book provided a look at different perspectives that I have never considered when it comes to the religious left and that there can be faith on the "other side of the line".<BR/><BR/>If you go into this book looking for an answer to the question, "Is Barack Obama really a Christian?" I expect you will be surprised and disappointed. You will be surprised by what you find but should be disappointed because the only one who truly knows that answer is God. All we can do is trust what he says is true, pray for him as our leader and president and as a fellow believer on the faith journey as we all are.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

    Definitely Worth Reading, No Matter Your Political or Religious Views

    I had heard a lot of hype about Barack Obama; Fears about him, often unfounded, that distilled down to prejudices based on the actions of leaders at his church, or even how his last name "Obama" sounded like "Osama", the first name of the infamous terrorist leader. When I was given the opportunity through Thomas Nelson Publishers to read and review "The Faith of Barack Obama", I quickly responded. I read this to get factual information, not the mud-slinging that seems inevitable during political campaigns. I did not want to vote for or against a man based on hearsay, rumor, innuendo, or the aforementioned prejudicial fears.<BR/><BR/>I was delighted to read in the introduction that the author, Stephen Mansfield, unapologetically gave this as the purpose for writing the book. He also stated that he was not voting for Barack Obama. This might imply that the book would be skewed against the presidential candidate, but I did not find it so. In many ways, it portrays Barack Obama as a strong man of character, raised in difficult circumstances and dealing with the same issues we all do, and many unique to him. One man can only truly understand another man at the most superficial of levels, but I feel that the book did an excellent job of conveying a great depth and breadth of understanding of Mr. Obama. It shows him in fairly intimate situations, compelling sympathy and feeling for the man. In reading it, I found myself wondering how or if I would have acted differently. I began to find a new respect for Barack Obama for his strength.<BR/><BR/>To take me beyond the hype to a feeling of intimacy with -and respect for- someone I am unlikely to ever meet, that is a powerful ability. This is a powerful book, written by a masterful author. Read it, even after the elections. Win or lose, Barack Obama will be someone you will want to understand the motivations of.

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