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The Spiritual Journey of George Washington

The Spiritual Journey of George Washington

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by Janice T. Connell

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The Spiritual Journey of George Washington by bestselling author Janice T. Connell illumines the rare but supremely brilliant leadership of the first and only unanimously elected President of the United States. George Washington, modest yet elegant, handsome, always projecting strength, graciousness and power, was universally considered the most humble man who ever


The Spiritual Journey of George Washington by bestselling author Janice T. Connell illumines the rare but supremely brilliant leadership of the first and only unanimously elected President of the United States. George Washington, modest yet elegant, handsome, always projecting strength, graciousness and power, was universally considered the most humble man who ever lived. Born into modest circumstances, he wholeheartedly responded to whatever opportunities life offered him. Self-taught Washington was no stranger to sorrow, cold, hunger, persecution, violence, or terrorism, yet he was at home not only in the wilds of the frontier, but equally so in the finest salons of the times. His singular accomplishment was to face misfortune and conquer it. This greatest of all American heroes achieved startling victory by discipline, commitment, prayer, and the graced ability to bend his will under the yoke of what he called "Kind Providence".
With precision and detail in a rare look at his extraordinary leadership through the prism of George Washington's interior depths, the author briefly examines:
- his boyhood scarred by the early death of his father,
- -his life as a young surveyor on the dangerous frontier,
- his heroics as a militia leader in the French and Indian War,
- his place at the Continental Congress,
- his unwanted assignment as Commander-in Chief during the Revolutionary War,
- his desolation at Valley Forge,
- his silent triumph at the Constitutional Convention,
- his simplicity during the heights of his presidency,
- his mystical premonitions during his retirement at Mount Vernon
- his spiritual and religious circumstances surrounding his sudden death in the darkness of mid-December, 1799.
Held in the highest regard by his fellow citizens, history has canonized George Washington as the most esteemed of the Founding Fathers. At the root of that esteem was his deeply private spirituality. The Spiritual Journey of George Washington includes the full text of Washington's personal prayers (some possibly composed by Washington himself) and Jesuit inspired Rules of Civility by which George Washington conducted himself personally. It also includes the Declaration of Independence by which George Washington became the military leader responsible for carving out a new nation.The book reveals insights concerning military, political and social victories Washington achieved through sincere, humble leadership he perfected using his Bible as a guideline for just behavior in peace and war. Washington went about feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing and sheltering the needy, visiting the imprisoned, caring for the sick and burying the dead. As General George Washington counseled, instructed, admonished, fought, forgave and prayed for others, he forged a path of national opportunity for American citizens to acquire undreamed of prosperity and abundance.
In contemporary times wracked by wars, terrorism, disease, starvation, confusion and tyranny, The Spiritual Journey of George Washington has wisdom for everyone of good will. Washington's accomplishments and writings disclose that "Kind Providence" truly was in him, around him, and always with him. The book contains excerpts of Washington's Farewell Address that continues to guide Americans more than two hundred years later. The nurturing light of George Washington's spirituality is his finest bequest to all people who seek life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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George Washington: soldier, patriot, president--saint? This book parses the founding father's achievements through the lens of Christian theology, making some surprising observations along the way. Blending the mythical and the historical to convey the holiness of its subject, this book is neither strictly a history nor a biography. Connell (The Secrets of Mary, 2010, etc.) details apocrypha unaddressed in the work of mainstream biographers: Washington's seemingly mystical imperviousness to musket fire, his supernatural vision at Valley Forge and, Connell argues, his deathbed conversion to Catholicism. Like most hagiographers, Connell begins with a committed belief that her subject is uniquely touched by God, and the book is largely a rhetorical exercise in proving the truth of that assumption. This becomes uncomfortable since, of course, Washington is not a saint recognized by the Catholic Church; many scholars agree he was not Catholic, either, though he was, in fact, a Mason--a significant aspect of his spirituality that goes unmentioned here. The worshipful tone of Connell's prose--"history has canonized" Washington, she says, describing him as a "mystical icon of heroic grace"--may rankle secular readers as well as the true faithful, who might justifiably wonder if either the author or the subject can claim legitimacy to such assertions. Although Connell never actually classifies Washington as a saint or argues outright for his beatification, and she never describes his exploits as miracles, her point is nevertheless clear and in concert with Catholic theology: God, or "Kind Providence" (Washington's preferred term), actively worked through the great leader and chose him to found the new nation by God's grace. This conviction leads Connell to some observations about American political philosophy that will delight some readers and provoke others, not least of which is the assertion that the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are rooted in the Bible. But in the end, all serious scholars agree that Washington was, indeed, a devout Christian, and the primary source material Connell has gathered here--including little-examined oral histories that deal with his spirituality--make her book a valuable addition to existing scholarship. A heartfelt exploration of Washington's Christianity that will find an appreciative audience among both the faithful and the patriotic.

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Janice T. Connell, an attorney with a Master's Degree in Public and International Administration is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. A recognized authority on Marian apparitions, she is an international speaker and frequent radio and television commentator. Married, having children and grandchildren, she is the best selling author of Meetings With Mary, Praying With Mary, The Secrets of Mary, Queen of the Cosmos, Queen of Angels, The Visions of the Children, Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, Angel Power, Prayer Power, and The Spiritual Journey of George Washington.

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The Spiritual Journey of George Washington 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of this book is complete fiction. If one defines 'Christian' as someone who believes in the divinity of Jesus 'that he was God in the flesh the product of a Virgin Birth the second person of the Holy Trinity', then George Washington was not a Christian. Washington also rejected doctrines of Original Sin and Salvation by Grace, as well as the atoning death of Jesus on the cross. Washington DID accept the moral teachings of Jesus 'such as the Sermon the Mount' and in his own letters and writing exlated Jesus as a great--perhaps THE greatest--moral teacher. Because he accepted these teachings as true, Washington DID consider himself a Christian--but his understanding of the word 'Christian' was very different from the understanding of the author of this book and modern Evangelicals. In this respect Wahsington was no different from other Founding Fathers such as Thomas jefferson, John Adam, Benjamin Franklin and James Madison. All were born into the established Christian churches of their respective colonies, but all rejected Orthodox Christian theology later in their adult lives 'most of them actually attacked certain Orthodox Christian doctines such as the Trinity, Original Sin and Salvation by Grace alone--with no need for doing good works.' Washington's high moral and ethical character, and his well-deserved reputation for honesty, were based on the 'virtues' of the ancient Roman philosophers--whom he studied and memorized as a child and as a youth. Although he was raised in the Anglican 'Episcopal' Church, he never once took Communion. In fact, in his adult years he often left church early BEFORE Communion was celebrated. Later in his life, as his refusal to partake in Communion received comments from friends and clergy, Washington began skip worship services on most Sundays. None of which means that Washington in any way rejected a belief in God. Throughout his life he believed strongly in Divine Providence. The organization to which he gave his greatest devotion, and which most infleunced his beliefs and thinking regarding God, was not the Christian church but the institution of Freemasonry. A devout Freemason, he wore his Masonic apron and jewels when he laid the corner stone for the nation's capital. As with other Enlightment era philosophers and politicians, so in Washington's life the Mason Lodge took the place of the church as the central social vehicle through which he explored ethics, morals and theology. This book contains a lengthy chapter entitled 'Washington's Pray.' These include prayers for each day of the week--and these prayers are very Evangelical in their tone, words and imagry, with numerous references to Christ's spilt blood, his sacrifice on the cross and his divinity. The reader should know that these paryers surfaced after Washington's death that most respected Washington scholars dismiss them as forgeries. The author notes in the last paragraph of this chapter that 'for some, the authenticity of the handwritten pages remain an open one.' 'p.49' The question is only open to those who wish to remake the historical George Washington into a 21st century Evangelical Christian. For those who have studied Washington's life and writing, the question is answered. These prayers were not written by Washington they contain endorsements of Christian doctrines that Washington himself--throughout his adult life--openly rejected and spoke out against. If one wants to know the facts of George Washington's spiritual journey, I recommend 'The Faiths of Our Fathers' by Alp Mapp 'one of America's most respected Colonial historians' as well as the recent best seller 'Founding Faith' by Steven Waldman. Waldman devotes an entire chapter to Washington's religious beliefs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who could have guessed that George Washington was a saintly man, a prescient general and a prophetic president? Certainly the information in The Spiritual Journey of George Washington leaves little doubt that he probably would be a canonized saint if he had been a Roman Catholic instead of an Anglican Catholic. In the heavenly realms, such distinctions hardly matter, but for these times, the sanctity of George Washington is inspiring. I highly recommend this touching book for serious students of truth.
hurly More than 1 year ago
Obviously the author has a particular viewpoint to put forward. What difference would it have made if Washington was a pagan? The author seems like a person who is convinced this is a christian nation and is willing to make up or slant stories to prove it.