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Abraham Lincoln, A Man of Faith and Courage: Stories of Our Most Admired President
     

Abraham Lincoln, A Man of Faith and Courage: Stories of Our Most Admired President

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by Joe Wheeler
 

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How Lincoln's Faith Shaped His Leadership

Undoubtedly the most revered leader in American history, Abraham Lincoln has had more books written about him than all our nation's presidents put together. But for all that's been written, little has focused on his faith and how this quality shaped the man who led our country during its most tumultuous

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How Lincoln's Faith Shaped His Leadership

Undoubtedly the most revered leader in American history, Abraham Lincoln has had more books written about him than all our nation's presidents put together. But for all that's been written, little has focused on his faith and how this quality shaped the man who led our country during its most tumultuous years.

Author Joe Wheeler, historian and scholar, brings to the pages of this insightful book the knowledge gleaned from over ten years of study and more than sixty books on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Skillfully weaving his own narrative with direct quotes from Lincoln and poignant excerpts from other Lincoln biographers, Wheeler brings a refreshingly friendly rendition of Lincoln's life, faith, and courage.

The stories, historical details, and powerful quotes on the pages of this book will leave a lasting impression on your heart, your mind, and your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416550969
Publisher:
Howard Books
Publication date:
01/29/2008
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
384,115
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Joe Wheeler is considered one of America’s leading story anthology creators. His bestselling Christmas in My Heart story anthology is the longest running Christmas story series in America. Wheeler earned a master’s in history from Pacific Union College, a master’s in English from Sacramento State University, and a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University. He lives with his wife in Conifer, Colorado.

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Abraham Lincoln, A Man of Faith and Courage: Stories of Our Most Admired President 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a awsome book aboute lincolin
historybuffJC1 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book (and wouldn't lend it out until I saw that I could have it on my Nook also) Unlike other Lincoln biographies this one is written in more of a vignette style. It is very refreshing and easy to read. I liked the way that Joe Wheeler blended his narrative with direct quotes. Many of the quotes are very powerful and difficult to forget. I appreciated that Mr. Wheeler was honest about his agenda in writing the book-it is a book that focuses on the faith of Abraham Lincoln and how that influenced him during different eras of his life. Mr. Wheeler was not afraid to address the times in Lincoln's life when he pushed away his faith, nor was he afraid to point out his return to faith in the latter years of his life. I liked his balance and his ability to back up most of his opinions with actual quotes. As with all history there is always some room for opinions to vary in some areas.
ocs More than 1 year ago
I have read many books on President Lincoln but perhaps none that in 276 pages offers a better portrayal than this 2008 book. The author read numerous books to select key stories of this most admired President. They tell of his thirst for knowledge in devouring the handful of books available to him during his youth. He continued his efforts at self-improvement as a young man and then an attorney in Illinois. A severe crisis for Abraham and Mary Lincoln arose with the 1850 death of their son, Eddie. Lincoln had closely read the Bible but rebelled against the negative preaching of that time and had not regularly attended church. He was searching for a viable philosophy of life and found it with Springfield’s James Smith, the preacher at Eddie’s funeral service. Smith had written The Christian’s Defense (available online), and Lincoln pondered over each word of the book, challenging each assumption. When he finished, his childhood faith in the Bible was validated by his logical mind. This strengthened his faith that the Bible was truly the inspired word of God. The Lincoln family faithfully attended church thereafter. During the Civil War years with the stupendous slaughter of American soldiers, Lincoln wrote a personal Meditation on the Divine Will. It noted that each side claimed to be acting in accordance with God’s will. One side had to be wrong; God could not be for and against the same thing at the same time. He concluded that God willed the contest for a great purpose. He saw the Bible as speaking to nations as well as individuals. The Emancipation Proclamation and the Second Inaugural Address further articulate God’s will to end slavery. It had continued beyond His appointed time and God willed to remove it. The war was necessary to accomplish His will. The Address has fourteen references to God, many scriptural allusions and four direct quotations from the Bible. Lincoln could not accept a negotiated settlement of the bloody war that would allow slavery to continue.
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