Prayers of Our Presidents

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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 ...
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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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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801012723
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Day 1 George Washington: A Prayer for Guidance 13
Day 2 John Adams: A Prayer for Success 18
Day 3 Thomas Jefferson: A Prayer for the Nation 23
Day 4 James Madison: A Prayer for Fellow Citizens 29
Day 5 John Quincy Adams: A Prayer of Thanksgiving 34
Day 6 Andrew Jackson: A Prayer for Protection 40
Day 7 James Monroe, Martin Van Buren, and Richard M. Nixon: Prayers for God's Support 45
Day 8 John Tyler: A Prayer of Devotion 51
Day 9 James Knox Polk: A Prayer for Wisdom 55
Day 10 Millard Fillmore: A Prayer during Calamity 61
Day 11 Abraham Lincoln: A Prayer for Aid 66
Day 12 Ulysses S. Grant: A Prayer for Strength 71
Day 13 Rutherford B. Hayes: A Prayer for Safety 76
Day 14 James A. Garfield: A Prayer for Our Leaders 82
Day 15 Chester A. Arthur: A Prayer of Blessings 88
Day 16 Grover Cleveland: A Prayer of Faith 92
Day 17 William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison: Prayers for Unity 97
Day 18 Theodore Roosevelt: A Prayer for Charity 103
Day 19 Woodrow Wilson: A Prayer for Diligence 109
Day 20 Calvin Coolidge: A Prayer for High Ideals 114
Day 21 Franklin Delano Roosevelt: A Prayer in Dark Times 119
Day 22 Harry S Truman: A Prayer for God's Will 124
Day 23 Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Prayer for Our Leaders 129
Day 24 John F. Kennedy: A Prayer of Gratitude 134
Day 25 Gerald Rudolph Ford: A Prayer for Equality 139
Day 26 James Earl Carter, Jr.: A Prayer for a Meaningful Life 144
Day 27 Ronald Reagan: A Prayer for Healing 149
Day 28 George Herbert Walker Bush: A Prayer to Help Others 155
Day 29 William J. Clinton: A Prayer for People in Public Office 160
Day 30 George Walker Bush: A Prayer for the Departed 165
Day 31 George Washington: A Prayer for America 170
Bibliography 174
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