The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons That Compose the American Soul

The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons That Compose the American Soul

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by Joel J. Miller, Kristen Parrish

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What does it mean to think, believe, and act like an American?

The soul of America is far more than a concept—it is a people. Even the most sacred principles mean very little unless lived out passionately by an informed citizenry. In The Portable Patriot you’ll find a carefully assembled sampling of American history’s most formative

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What does it mean to think, believe, and act like an American?

The soul of America is far more than a concept—it is a people. Even the most sacred principles mean very little unless lived out passionately by an informed citizenry. In The Portable Patriot you’ll find a carefully assembled sampling of American history’s most formative words, written by the people who made that extraordinary history. Speeches and sermons, essays and extracts, poems and proclamations illumine such values as independence, virtue, humility, bravery, thrift, prayer, enterprise, liberty, and reliance on God. While peering back to the cradle of America’s national identity, The Portable Patriot also points a way forward, compelling us to heed poet John Dickinson’s plea to “rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call.”

“Nothing ignites a patriot’s heart—or the hope that the truths of our founding era will prevail again—like the documents assembled in The Portable Patriot. How grateful we should be, and how quick to make these historic words our own.” ?Stephen Mansfield, author, The Forgotten Founding Father and The Faith of the American Soldier

“Our current struggles over taxation, federal debt, and limited government are part of a larger American story. Kudos to Miller and Parrish for highlighting these essential passages.” ?Hon. Andrew P. Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst, Fox News Channel

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The Portable Patriot

Documents, Speeches, and Sermons That Compose the American Soul

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Copyright © 2010 Joel J. Miller and Kristen Parrish
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ISBN: 978-1-59555-110-8

Chapter One


The stories of the early English settlers are a fascinating blend of trial and tribulation, prayer and steadfast hope, and their writings reflect it. The sense of promise and expectation flows through the lines of many writers from the time. The entries here are chosen to point to some themes that will feature throughout the foundational American experience.

The use of the adjective foundational is intentional. While it is a mistake to conflate the events from the days of English settlement with the founding period, they are undoubtedly linked. There are no discrete or mere facts in history. Everything is dependent on everything else because history is a web of related people, places, and events. We bear the stamp of those who came before us, and that was just as true for the founders as it was for us. The Pilgrims-and a host of other people who were long in the grave when the founders finally drafted the U.S. Constitution-played a vital role in the century and a half that followed because they helped shape the world that the founders inherited.

That fact seems obvious when you see the strong streak of independence that was manifest from the first and would eventually produce the rift between the Mother Country and her colonies, aspects that you'll see hinted at in these selections. It's also apparent in the assumed reliance on Providence and God's direction and help in the events unfolding at the time.

1. The Mayflower Compact

The Mayflower, a ship of 180 tons, set sail from England in 1620. Aboard were 102 souls determined to cross the Atlantic. After 63 stormy days, they landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts, where Plymouth Rock-a huge granite boulder-stood at the water's edge. These first settlers signed a covenant called the Mayflower Compact just days after they landed in their new home.

In the name of God, Amen! We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King. Defender of the Faith, etc., have undertaken for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and of one another covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherence of the Ends aforesaid; and by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices from time to time, as shall be thought most mete and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names, at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the Eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini 1620.

Mr. John Carver, Digery Priest, Mr. William Bradford, Thomas Williams, Mr. Edward Winslow, Gilbert Winslow, Mr. William Brewster, Edmund Margesson, Isaac Allerton, Peter Brown, Miles Standish, Richard Britteridge, John Alden, George Soule, John Turner, Edward Tilly, Francis Eaton, John Tilly, James Chilton, Francis Cooke, John Craxton, Thomas Rogers, John Billington, Thomas Tinker, Joses Fletcher, John Ridgdale, John Goodman, Edward Fuller, Mr. Samuel Fuller, Richard Clark, Mr. Christopher Martin, Richard Gardiner, Mr. William Mullins, Mr. John Allerton, Mr. William White, Thomas English, Mr. Richard Warren, Edward Doten, John Howland, Edward Liester. Mr. Steven Hopkins,

The Federal and State Constitutions, Colonial Charters and Other Organic Laws of the United States, part 1, 2nd ed. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1878).

2. Mary Rowlandson Recounts Her Captivity

Mary Rowlandson was the wife of the pastor at Lancaster, Massachusetts, when she was taken captive by the Native Americans on February 10, 1675. For weeks Mary relied on the grace of God as she was forced to stay with the Indians as they fled through the wilderness to elude the colonial militia. On May 2, 1675, Rowlandson was ransomed for u20.

On the tenth of February 1675, Came the Indians with great numbers upon Lancaster: Their first coming was about Sun-rising; hearing the noise of some Guns, we looked out; several Houses were burning, and the Smoke ascending to Heaven. There were five persons taken in one house, the Father, and the Mother and a sucking Child they knockt on the head; the other two they took and carried away alive. Their were two others, who being out of their Garison upon some occasion, were set upon; one was knockt on the head, the other escaped: Another their was who running along was shot and wounded, and fell down; he begged of them his life, promising them Money (as they told me) but they would not hearken to him but knockt him in head, and stript him naked, and split open his Bowels. Another seeing many of the Indians about his Barn, ventured and went out, but was quickly shot down. There were three others belonging to the same Garison who were killed; the Indians getting up upon the roof of the Barn, had advantage to shoot down upon them over their Fortification. Thus these murtherous wretches went on, burning, and destroying before them,

At length they came and beset our own house, and quickly it was the dolefullest day that ever mine eyes saw. The House stood upon the edg of a hill; some of the Indians got behind the hill, others into the Barn, and others behind any thing that could shelter them; from all which places they shot against the House, so that the Bullets seemed to fly like hail; and quickly they wounded one man among us, then another, and then a third, About two hours (according to my observation, in that amazing time) they had been about the house before they prevailed to fire it (which they did with Flax and Hemp, which they brought out of the Barn, and there being no defence about the House, only two Flankers at two opposite corners and one of them not finished) they fired it once and one ventured out and quenched it, but they quickly fired it again, and that took Now is the dreadfull hour come, that I have often heard of (in time of War, as it was the case of others) but now mine eyes see it. Some in our house were fighting for their lives, others wallowing in their blood, the House on fire over our heads, and the bloody Heathen ready to knock us on the head, if we stired out. Now might we hear Mothers & Children crying out for themselves, and one another, Lord, what shall we do? Then I took my Children (and one of my sisters, hers) to go forth and leave the house: but as soon as we came to the dore and appeared, the Indians shot so thick that the bulletts rattled against the House, as if one had taken an handfull of stones and threw them, so that we were fain to give back. We had six stout Dogs belonging to our Garrison, but none of them would stir, though another time, if any Indian had come to the door, they were ready to fly upon him and tear him down. The Lord hereby would make us the more to acknowledge his hand, and to see that our help is always in him. But out we must go, the fire increasing, and coming along behind us, roaring, and the Indians gaping before us with their Guns, Spears and Hatchets to devour us. No sooner were we out of the House, but my Brother in Law (being before wounded, in defending the house, in or near the throat) fell down dead, whereat the Indians scornfully shouted, and hallowed, and were presently upon him, stripping off his cloaths, the bulletts flying thick, one went through my side, and the same (as would seem) through the bowels and hand of my dear Child in my arms. One of my elder Sisters Children, named William, had then his Leg broken, which the Indians perceiving, they knockt him on head. Thus were we butchered by those merciless Heathen, standing amazed, with the blood running down to our heels. My eldest Sister being yet in the House, and seeing those wofull sights, the Infidels haling Mothers one way, and Children another, and some wallowing in their blood: and her elder Son telling her that her Son William was dead, and my self was wounded, she said, And, Lord, let me dy with them; which was no sooner said, but she was struck with a Bullet, and fell down dead over the threshold. I hope she is reaping the fruit of her good labours, being faithfull to the service of God in her place. In her younger years she lay under much trouble upon spiritual accounts, till it pleased God to make that precious Scripture take hold of her heart, 2 Cor. 12. 9. And he said unto me my Grace is sufficient for thee. More then twenty years after I have heard her tell how sweet and comfortable that place was to her, But to return: The Indians laid hold of me, pulling me one way, and the Children another, and said, Come go along with us; I told them they would kill me: they answered, If I were willing to go along with them they would not hurt me.

Oh the dolefull sight that now was to behold at this House! Come, behold the works of the Lord, what dissolations he has made in the Earth. Of thirty seven persons who were in this one House, none escaped either present death, or a bitter captivity, save only one, who might say as he. Job. 1.15. And I only am escaped alone to tell the News. There were twelve killed, some shot, some stab'd with their Spears, some knock'd down with their Hatchets. When we are in prosperity, Oh the little that we think of such dreadfull sights, and to see our dear Friends, and Relations ly bleeding out their heart-blood upon the ground. There was one who was chopt into the head with a Hatchet, and stript naked, and yet was crawling up and down. It is a solemn sight to see so many Christians lying in their blood, some here, and some there, like a company of Sheep torn by Wolves. All of them stript naked by a company of hell-hounds, roaring, singing, ranting and insulting, as if they would have torn our very hearts out; yet the Lord by his Almighty power preserved a number of us from death, for there were twenty-four of us taken alive and carried Captive....

Now away we must go with those Barbarous Creatures, with our bodies wounded and bleeding, and our hearts no less than our bodies. About a mile we went that night, up upon a hill within sight of the Town where they intended to lodge. There was hard by a vacant house (deserted by the English before, for fear of the Indians) I asked them whether I might not lodge in the house that night to which they answered, what will you love English men still? this was the dolefullest night that ever my eyes saw. Oh the roaring, and singing and danceing, and yelling of those black creatures in the night, which made the place a lively resemblance of hell And as miserable was the wast that was there made, of Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Swine, Calves, Lambs, Roasting Pigs, and Fowl [which they had plundered in the Town] some roasting, some lying and burning, and some boyling to feed our merciless Enemies; who were joyful enough though we were disconsolate To add to the dolefulness of the former day, and the dismalness of the present night: my thoughts ran upon my losses and sad bereaved condition. All was gone, my Husband gone (at least separated from me, he being in the Bay; and to add to my grief, the Indians told me they would kill him as he came homeward) my Children gone, my Relations and Friends gone, our House and home and all our comforts within door, and without, all was gone, (except my life) and I knew not but the next moment that might go too. There remained nothing to me but one poor wounded Babe, and it seemed at present worse than death that it was in such a pitiful condition, bespeaking, Compassion, and I had no refreshing for it, nor suitable things to revive it, Little do many think what is the savageness and bruitishness of this barbarous Enemy; even those that seem to profess more than others among them, when the English have fallen into their hands....

But now, the next morning, I must turn my back upon the Town, and travel with them into the vast and desolate Wilderness, I knew not whither. It is not my tongue, or pen can express the sorrows of my heart, and bitterness of my spirit, that I had at this departure: but God was with me, in a wonderfull manner, carrying me along, and bearing up my spirit, that it did not quite fail One of the Indians carried my poor wounded Babe upon a horse, it went moaning all along I shall dy, I shall dy. I went on foot after it, with sorrow that cannot be exprest. At length I took it off the horse, and carried it in my armes till my strength failed, and I fell down with it: Then they set me upon a horse with my wounded Child in my lap, and there being no furniture upon the horse back; as we were going down a steep hill, we both fell over the horses head, at which they like inhumane creatures laught, and rejoyced to see it, though I thought we should there have ended our dayes, as overcome with so many difficulties. But the Lord renewed my strength still, and carried me along, that I might see more of his Power; yea, so much that I could never have thought of, had I not experienced it.

After this it quickly began to snow, and when night came on, they stopt: and now down I must sit in the snow, by a little fire, and a few boughs behind me, with my sick Child in my lap; and calling much for water, being now (through the wound) fallen into a violent Fever. My own wound also growing so stiff, that I could scarce sit down or rise up; yet so it must be, that I must sit all this cold winter night upon the cold snowy ground, with my sick Child in my armes, looking that every hour would be the last of its life; and having no Christian friend near me, either to comfort or help me. Oh, I may see the wonderfull power of God, that my Spirit did not utterly sink under my affliction: still the Lord upheld me with his gracious and mercifull Spirit, and we were both alive to see the light of the next morning....

I can remember the time, when I used to sleep quietly without workings in my thoughts, whole nights together, but now it is otherwayes with me. When all are fast about me, and no eye open, but his who ever waketh, my thoughts are upon things past, upon the awfull dispensation of the Lord towards us; upon his wonderfull power and might, in carrying of us through so many difficulties, in returning us in safety, and suffering none to hurt us. I remember in the night season, how the other day I was in the midst of thousands of enemies, & nothing but death before me: It was then hard work to perswade my self, that ever I should be satisfied with bread again. But now we are fed with the finest of the Wheat, and, as I may say, With honey out of the rock: In stead of the Husk, we have the fatted Calf: The thoughts of these things in the particulars of them, and of the love and goodness of God towards us, make it true of me, what David said of himself, Psal. 6. 5. I watered my Couch with my tears. Oh! the wonderfull power of God that mine eyes have seen, affording matter enough for my thoughts to run in, that when others are sleeping mine eyes are weeping.

I have seen the extrem vanity of this World: One hour I have been in health, and wealth, wanting nothing: But the next hour in sickness and wounds, and death, having nothing but sorrow and affliction....


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Joel J. Miller is the author ofseveral books including The Revolutionary Paul Revere. His writing has been featured in The American Spectator, Reason, Real Clear Religion and elsewhere. He blogs on faith and spirituality at He and his family live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kristen Parrish has a passion for history and for the written word. She earned her BA in History from Texas A&M University and works as an editor-in-chief. She and her husband, Marc, reside in Franklin, Tennessee.

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The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons That Compose the American Soul 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
femininecowgirl More than 1 year ago
I think it's very important to look at history and learn what our forefathers thought and did. I think it's especially important to look at it from a Christian worldview. The Portable Patriot isn't a made up tale. It's history. It's a compile of letters, sermons, and documents that are OUR history.The words in it were written by men like John Adams, William Bradford, and Miles Standish. They were read by men like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Now we can read it. The Portable Patriot is subtitled Documents, Speeches and Sermons that compose the American Soul. That is a great way to explain this book. You could call it a miniature history textbook. It's a great way to learn about what life was like then. However, this is in the English that our forefather's spoke, so please be advised that it may be hard to understand in some parts. I would suggest this book for young adults to adults. This is a great resource to have on hand as well! According to new laws, I'm required to say that I got this book for free from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a review. I am not required to give a favorable review.
Hopefilledliving More than 1 year ago
The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons that Compose The American Soul Edited by Joel J. Milled & Kristen Parrish "This collection is far from definitive, complex, exhaustive, or anything of the sort. At best, it's introductory. But look at what we value, for what we hope, and these selections should seem familiar and close despite the temporal distance from us." This book is a good starting point for anyone who has an interest in historic documents, speeches and sermons. As it states in the afterward, it is not a definitive collection, but rather an introduction. This is a small book, but the cover and pages are nice quality and a bonus is that it will slip easily into my purse to read on a plane or waiting in the doctor's office. The introduction for each document could be a little longer and informative, allowing the reader a richer understanding of the context. I think it is a terrific book for those readers who want to read important historical documents at a foundational level.
tantrUm More than 1 year ago
The United States of America is rich with a past that translates to a painful, but more importantly -- a proud history. "The Portable Patriot" tells America's story through a compilation of American records and documents. It includes first documents such as The Mayflower Compact to famous speeches like The First Inaugural Address of George Washington, all of which manage to capture their conviction and determination to succeed. Being Canadian, I was briefly educated in American history and hoped to ascertain a broader knowledge of why Americans, seemingly more than most, loved their country so immensely. Although this book was fairly short (268 pages), I feel I quickly understood the dignity of being an American once I began reading it. The Founding of America is a rare example and a glimmer of hope in human history with regards to achieving what is best for the common good. I learned a lot from reading this book, but assume I could read it again and still have more to gain. I highly recommend this book as an introduction to American history or a pleasurable light read for American patriots. Any American household could benefit from this accessible book succinctly capturing the key events that made America. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are my own.
arcook More than 1 year ago
The Portable Patriot by Joel Miller The Portable Patriot should be required reading for every elected politician from the President of the United States down to the mayor of a town of 50. To go even further, I would suggest that every household in the US have a copy of the Portable Patriot in their house. Though Mr. Miller would like this to happen, I doubt it ever will. I am tempted, after reading it, to send a copy to the President and several of the elected politicians that "represent me". The Portable Patriot is a collection of documents, essays, letters and sermons from the revolutionary war era. Not only does the book include well known documents like "The Declaration of Independence", "The Bill of Rights", and "The Constitution", but lesser known letters and sermons that are not normally included in most history classes. The documents chosen help to give the reader insight into what the people of that era were thinking, feeling, and going through. Reading the book brought many of the historical figures to life and made them more real to me. Admittedly, much of this book is pretty dry reading. Most people will probably find it more of a reference book than something to read straight through. I initially skipped around in it and read the articles that sounded interesting. It was only after a few days of browsing that I forced myself to read straight through it. In contrast, a friend of mine who is a history buff said he had trouble putting the book down. I highly recommend this book as well as Joel Miller's other - The Revolutionary Paul Revere. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
beththebookreader More than 1 year ago
Where can you find a comprehensive compilation of many of the documents that shaped the US of A? The Portable Patriot edited by Joel Miller and Kristen Parrish can do just that. Written from a Biblical/Historical perspective, The Portable Patriot guides the reader through our nation's most fundamental documents, speeches, and sermons/letters. From the Mayflower Compact to Ben Franklin's advice for those Coming to America, you won't be disappointed in what Miller and Parrish have done. Perhaps you haven't read many of these documents since high school, or maybe you haven't ever read them. Either way, you will come to understand speech by speech, the importance of these documents and how they have shaped our nation one step at a time. The book can get lengthy in a few parts, but feel free to skip around. I especially liked the commentary at the beginning of each section. Reading this around Independence Day was especially poignant and it made me pause and reflect, once again, on our great nation and the founders who helped establish it. This is a great reference book to have on your bookshelf at home or work and I really enjoyed reading it. I hope that you will too!
choirgal04 More than 1 year ago
Essential documents for students of American history, any citizen really. A welcome addition to our Nook library.
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MSaff More than 1 year ago
"The Portable Patriot", is a wonderful and essential collection of writings from our forefathers, those men who took their faith and desires literally and therefore, began a transition from colonial establishment to the birth of a new nation. One must note that "The Portable Patriot" is a collection of excerpts of these famous and necessary documents, otherwise this book would be just to large to carry with the reader. Joel J. Miller and Kristen Parrish, have obviously taken great time and apparent pleasure in bringing these documents, speeches, and sermons together so that we as readers, can drink in the sources of the Patriotic natures of our forefathers. This collection beckons the reader to think about their own Patriotism and asks the question of that Patriotism that only each individual can answer. This book/collection also provokes the reader to look at today's conditions and activities with a more than passing glance. The question that comes to mind of this reader is "What would our founders think about the conditions and actions of our country today?" At the very onset of this collection of "I. Beginnings" ' The Mayflower Compact', through and all inclusive of The section 'Afterword,' we can get a glance if not a more in depth look at what was a birth of a nation. I find it appropriate that I am writing this review on July 4, 2010. What a wonderful way to celebrate our nation's birthday. Happy Birthday to The United States of America. While reading this collection of documents, speeches and sermons, I was reminded that we must all be vigilant in the protection of our rights and obligations as citizens of this great country. It was most revealing in reading Noah Webster's Oration on the Twenty-Sixth Anniversary of The Declaration of Independence. This is a quote from the section. Noah Webster warns America about those who would advance their own interests through the political system, and by pandering to the people even seducing and deceiving them. "Nation like individuals, may be misled by an ardent enthusiasm, which allures them from the standard of practical wisdom, and commits them to the guidance of visionary projectors. By fondly cherishing the opinion that they enjoy some superior advantages of knowledge, or local situation, the rulers of a state may lose the benefit of history and observation, the surest guides in political affairs; and delude themselves with the belief, that obstacles which have baffled the exertions of their predecessors.....". Finally, "The Portable Patriot" is truly portable in size, but it is also jam packed with everything a person needs to remind them as to where and how our great nation started and it is a constant reminder to all of us of how fragile our freedom is. Let us all be ready and willing to protect that freedom.
Texicanwife More than 1 year ago
The Portable Patriot Documents, Speeches and Sermons that Compose the American Soul Edited by Joel J. Miller and Kristen Parrish Thomas Nelson Publishing Nashville, TN - 2010 ISBN 978-1-59555-110-8 I have to admit, the thought of sitting down and reading patriot speeches and sermons, by choice, was not the way I would have chosen to spend an evening! However, I quickly found myself engrossed in the multiple patriotic discourses int his volume, and have to confess, that yes, I did in fact read the entire volume in about 3 hours without stopping! I sat riveted to my chair as I read Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, to name but just a few of the varied writers who are quoted within these pages. Instead of feeling bored, I felt a sense of how right these great men were for our founding fathers! There insight holds true to this very day! Their words are as appropriate today as when they first spoke them or wrote them down! Inside the reader also finds the Declaration fo Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the so many more articles that helped to not only form this great Nation, but unite it as no other. I felt my chest swelling with pride, and my heart became overwhelmed. This is surely a must read for all high school and college students!!! And for every patriotic American! I highly recommend this great compilation for all libraries, home and commercial. I give this book a five star rating. ***Thomas Nelson Publishing supplied me with a free copy of this book for independent review. I am in no way affiliated with Thomas Nelson Publishing and this review was not written for monetary refund.
LauraN More than 1 year ago
This book looked interesting, collecting documents, speeches, and even sermons that "compose the American soul" as the subtitle says. The book is small (hence the portable title) with the ragged cut pages that make a book feel older. Before each entry is a short description of the person or the event, placing it in context of the history of the nation. The contents are broken out by time period, from the Mayflower and other beginnings, just before the revolution, during the revolution, the founding, and the first documents of the republic. They have fit a lot of information in here. Of course the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, even some selections from the Federalist Papers. Plus any other writings not as well known. I see us referring to this book for years. As a former home schooler, I can see it being a cool resource for American History. But I must admit some disappointment. I didn't think portable would mean it had to be quite so small. Everything runs in together and the descriptive text is really only a few sentences. It is all about the actual documents, but the font and page size doesn't even make reading the documents easy. I'm not saying it had to be a text book, but I think a different format would have been more pleasurable to hold and read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I actually decided I loved this book even before I opened it. This little hardback gem looks and feels like a slice of our Yankee Doodle heritage before you've begun reading a single word. I was further delighted when, upon opening the front cover, I found the end papers appear to be autographed . by the founding fathers themselves. Nice touch. Inside, this carefully chosen collection of documents (some familiar to me and some new treasures to enjoy) bring back into sharp focus the values and principles held so dear in the hearts of the extraordinary men and women who forged the history of our great nation. But this book is intended by its authors as more than just a lesson in American history; it is an impassioned plea for a return to patriotism. The closing sentence of the Afterword sums it up. "If these texts represent ideas and past actions that compose the American soul, then to disregard them is to reduce our country to a mere political mechanism, and America is so much more than that." This little volume will find its new home on my desk for easy access rather than gathering dust with other "already-read-it" books on my shelves. FYI: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very important, when in deep study of anything, to understand where "anything" began. Knowing where something comes from helps you to see things from a different perspective than you may have without that knowledge. It also helps you to appreciate "anything" more. The Portable Patriot is an interesting collection of the experiences of men and women who were alive at the time of America's founding. Through their American experience, we see what was important to them, thereby giving us a view of the principles the United States was founded upon. While I would have wished that more attention had been paid to the founding documents, I also carry the understanding that too much attention paid to anything would have missed the point of the text. The point, through my eyes, is to interest readers in the origins of this nation and challenge them to seek a better understanding of their America. Armed with the knowledge of America's founding plus today's individual American experience will hopefully help us to create a better America for tomorrow. While no one volume could ever hope to cover, in detail, such every American experience, The Portable Patriot hopefully is a catalyst that will lead people to explore the subject further.
FaithfulFoliosvLogReviews More than 1 year ago
Vertical Reach = 1 Not a lot of direct reference to intimate personal relationship with God in any of the reprinted or presented materials. Ministry Message= 3 America was founded by Christians and on Christian principles. Craft = 3 The content is technically correct but not compelling enough to engage someone who doesn't already agree with the opinions or information represented. Aesthetics = 2 The layout is a bit annoying inside and the style is too varied. If I saw this book in a store or on a website I would pick it up because I'd be curious about what is said but that is based on the title not the cover. This book was provided by the publisher.