Faith of our Founding Father: The Spiritual Journey of George Washington

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A devout Christian, Washington's religious beliefs influenced his life as a young surveyor on the dangerous frontier through his heroics as a militia leader in the French and Indian War to the dark days of Valley Forge and the triumph of the Presidency. He was held in the highest regard by his fellow citizens and history has canonized him as the most esteemed of the Founding Fathers. At the root of that esteem was his spirituality.

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A devout Christian, Washington's religious beliefs influenced his life as a young surveyor on the dangerous frontier through his heroics as a militia leader in the French and Indian War to the dark days of Valley Forge and the triumph of the Presidency. He was held in the highest regard by his fellow citizens and history has canonized him as the most esteemed of the Founding Fathers. At the root of that esteem was his spirituality.

In Faith of Our Founding Father, best-selling author Janice T. Connell examines the spiritual life of our first president. She takes us on a journey from his boyhood, scarred by the early death of his father, to the pinnacle of the Presidency.

Washington was no stranger to sorrow, cold, hunger, persecution, violence or terrorism. His great accomplishment was to face misfortune and conquer it. He achieved his victory by discipline, commitment, prayer, and the graced ability to bend his will under the yoke of Divine Providence.

Faith of Our Founding Father contains the entire text of the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, a text he learned by heart as a young schoolboy and which governed his code of behavior throughout his life. It also contains the full text of his daily prayers, which provided him solace and enriched his faith until the day he died.

In a world wracked by wars, terrorism, disease, starvation, immorality and tyranny, George Washington has much to reveal to us. His accomplishments and writings disclose that Providence was in him, around him and always with him. George Washington's faith shines like a beacon to light the way for all to peace and liberty on earth and happiness thereafter.

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According to most historians, Washington's religious beliefs were private, pragmatic, and-like those of many of his compatriots-deistic. He spoke often of providence but rarely of Jesus Christ, infrequently attended religious services and did not take communion. On his deathbed, he summoned no clergy. Connell does not argue with these assessments; indeed, she seems entirely unaware of them. Her George Washington is a devout, prayerful saint of unimpeachable moral virtue, called by God to establish freedom, patriotism and private enterprise. She devotes more than 20 pages to reproducing the Rules of Civility, maxims from 16th-century French Jesuits that the 13-year-old Washington copied as a school exercise. Another 20 pages are given to "Daily Sacrifice," a collection of prayers Washington is alleged to have copied or written at age 20. (Connell does not mention that these are not included in his official papers because scholars doubt their authenticity.) With previous bestsellers such as Meetings with Mary and Angel Power, it is not surprising that Connell gives credence to a story that began circulating some 60 years after Washington's death about a Marian apparition and prophetic vision at Valley Forge, or that she tells the popular but unlikely story about a Catholic priest coming to Washington's deathbed. When she is not rehashing pious legends, the author recounts familiar stories (many of which are not faith-related); inexplicably reproduces the entire Declaration of Independence, which Washington neither wrote nor signed; and loquaciously emotes about her hero, whom she calls "America's mystical icon of heroic grace." (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578261567
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication v
Foreword xi
Chronology xiii
Introduction xv
Part 1
Chapter 1 Washington's Early Years 3
Chapter 2 Washington's Prayers 31
Chapter 3 Washington's Early Military Experience 53
Part 2
Chapter 4 Washington's Leadership 73
Chapter 5 Washington's Faith 90
Chapter 6 The Declaration of Independence 107
Part 3
Chapter 7 In Defense of Freedom 117
Chapter 8 America's Prosperity 138
Chapter 9 Washington's Legacy 155
Afterword: Excerpts from Washington's Farewell Address 171
Acknowledgments 177
Notes 181
Illustration Credits 195
Selected Bibliography 197
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2005

    Badly Researched Tripe

    This book describes a Washington that the author evidently wishes existed, but didn't. It is a book intended to bolster the biases of those who can't bear that a great man did not share their religious convictions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    Not based in history but in wishful thinking. The author wants W

    Not based in history but in wishful thinking. The author wants Washington to be the devout Christian she imagines him to be and so avoids factual information in order to hold on to her fantasy. Readers would be much better served by reading The Faiths of our Fathers by Alf J. Mapp, Jr., a book that is based in careful research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    Faith of our Founding Father: The Spiritual Journey of George Washington

    I heard about this book on a radio talk show. It sounded too good to be true. But I couldn't put it down. What an amazing spiritual journey George Washington undertook. By the last chapter, tears reminded me what a real American is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    Faith of our Founding Father: The Spiritual Journey of George Washington

    Though I have always admired George Washington as the founder of my country, this book has allowed me to understand the depths of this extraordinary man. His invincibility in battle, his disarming humility - refusing to allow his countrymen to make him king - his wisdom at the Constitutional Convention - his leadership -the love and dedication of his officers and peers for him, even in the worst of times are most inspiring. I read excerpts from this book every day. The Rules of Civility are great. I am only sorry that my Dad is not still with us. This book on the spiritual journey of George Washington verifies the hopes he had for me. With the help of Providence, I won't let him down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    Faith of our Founding Father: The Spiritual Journey of George Washington

    This book is filled with evidence of George Washington's brilliant leadership under the guidance of Divine Providence. What a hope enshrined legacy for the United States. Though delightfully easy to read, this book is life changing. No honorable pupil of American History should miss this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    A True Revelation

    Almost everything I was taught in school said that the Founding Fathers were all deists, some even atheists. It was interesting to see the true Anglican beliefs of Washington displayed so clearly. A truly inspiring book. The cover art is beautiful. It will make a great gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    Highly recommended

    A book for all Americans. Inspirational, informative, enlightening, powerful.

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