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Prayers of Our Presidents
     

Prayers of Our Presidents

by Jerry MacGregor, Marie Prys
 

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Each president affirms it while reciting the oath of office: he cannot succeed without God's help. The task is simply too great. With candor and vivid detail, Prayers of Our Presidents illuminates the faith our nation's chief leaders have embraced. Interesting facts and political history make their stories come alive; you experience their triumphs and trials, their

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Each president affirms it while reciting the oath of office: he cannot succeed without God's help. The task is simply too great. With candor and vivid detail, Prayers of Our Presidents illuminates the faith our nation's chief leaders have embraced. Interesting facts and political history make their stories come alive; you experience their triumphs and trials, their virtues and errors, their victories and defeats. Once called "the glorious burden," our nation's chief office holds tremendous potential to influence for good or evil. Thirty-one days of prayers offered by such presidents as Dwight D. Eisenhower, George W. Bush, John Quincy Adams, George Washington, Grover Cleveland, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton inspire you to intercede on behalf of your president and your country. As you open these pages, you'll observe what is true for all of us -- sincere prayers offered from humble hearts have the power to change the course of history.

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Publishers Weekly
Just in time for election season comes this compendium of prayers from the nation's presidents, appearing in mostly chronological order by administration. MacGregor and Prys cull the prayers from personal journals, letters, inaugural addresses, speeches, and other writings in the presidents' papers. Most are short, such as a lovely prayer that Rutherford and Lucy Hayes are said to have recited together every day when he was in office in the late 1870s. President Kennedy is represented by a Thanksgiving prayer of gratitude, while Teddy Roosevelt makes an appeal for justice and charity that is marked by his characteristic emphasis on those "virtues that make for manliness and rugged hardihood." The editors follow the prayers with a brief "life and times" section about each leader, mini-biographies that are remarkably free of partisan swagger. They also include little-known facts about each president, some of which deal with religion. Less successful are the questions for reflection and personal prayer that follow each presidential prayer; this book works better as a Christian history and introduction to American presidents than it does as a guide to individual spirituality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801012723
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.47(d)

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