The Faith of George W. Bush

The Faith of George W. Bush

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The Faith of George W. Bush by Stephen Mansfield, J. Charles

"I feel like God wants me to run for president. I can't explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen and, at that time, my country is going to need me. I know it won't be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it."

So said then-Governor George W. Bush to a few trusted friends about the 2000 presidential race. As president, Bush has continued to bring his deep religious belief to his job-a fact that has delighted the nation's conservative Christians and distressed many others.

That Bush has appointed likeminded Christians to high posts-including Secretary of State John Ashcroft, who was once quoted as saying that America had "no king but Jesus"-has only fueled the controversy. So have Bush's support and funding of faith-based initiatives. And with his administration swearing to keep the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, a matter which the Supreme Court will take under consideration this fall, many are left wondering: Whatever happened to the separation between church and state?

But Bush's faith is an asset to his presidency and not a weakness, argues Stephen Mansfield in his provocative new book, The Faith of George Bush. In this spiritual biography of the president, Mansfield shows that Bush uses his faith to help him be a better leader (and man and husband and parent) without allowing it to dictate policy decisions. Said his close friend, Commerce Secretary Don Evans: "It gives him a desire to serve others and a very clear sense of what is good and what is evil."

With anecdotes that are both inspiring and eye opening, Mansfield traces the arc of Bush's spiritual (and not-so-spiritual) life from his childhood to the present:

*The religious influences of his parents, George, Sr. and Barbara.

*His academic difficulties at Andover and Yale, which may have been exacerbated by a possible learning disorder such as dyslexia.

*His aimless, decadent lifestyle after Yale, which consisted of driving around Houston in his Triumph, dating beautiful women, drinking, and partying.

*His future wife Laura, who introduced Bush to the Methodist church.

*A little-known meeting between Bush and evangelist Arthur Blessitt in 1984, which Bush has never spoken about publicly, which helped to define his commitment to Jesus and give shape to his previously shapeless, aimless life.

*Bush's famous walk with the Reverend Billy Graham in 1985, which led Barbara Bush to say, "George has been born again."

*How Bush's faith helped him to give up drinking.

*His first forays into politics: running for a Congressional District seat at age 31; working on his father's presidential campaign (where his faith helped him to resist the advances of an attractive young campaign worker and keep his family first and foremost); and winning the Texas gubernatorial race against Ann Richards, a victory which he owed to his beliefs and his outspoken views about religion.

*His appointments of cabinet members, top advisors, judges, and others, many of whom share his commitment to Jesus-and how that circle of faith helps him to help the nation.

*...and more.

The Faith of George Bush is a fascinating look at a man whose spirituality brought moral renovation to his life, set him free from his lesser self, and made him an extraordinary, complicated, and for some, controversial leader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593559229
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Edition description: Unabridged, 5 CDs, 5 hours
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 5.14(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Stephen Mansfield is the author of numerous books on history and leadership, including Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill and Then Darkness Fled: The Liberating Wisdom of Booker T. Washington.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
in this new and moving bio, writer stephen mansfield takes an indepth look at the faith of president george w. bush and shows how this great world leader has used his strong faith both in private and in public to strenthen and inspire the country. after reading this book Iam so touched that such a great man as george w. bush has such a deep faith. this book makes a wonderful christmas present. order online and avoid the malls and long lines.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mansfield's look at George W. Bush's innerspace reveals a man who has been given much and of whom much is expected. The 'call' on his life has obviously led GW to a more intimate religious life than that expressed by previous Presidents' including that of his own father. GW, like many others, especially in his younger years, skirted Christianity, viewing it as a belief system that provided wholesome, family-oriented, morality and something that was like a life preserver on a ship; one could throw it out when there was some sort of a crisis. What GW found out, that his religious beliefs were untried for much of his life. He appeared to be like many citizens who passively viewed the gradual decline in morality with its permissiveness, pornography, rejection of authority, a demise of the family, and abortion, to name a few. Alcohol was a personal issue that he knew he must overcome. The decision to give up alcohol was a major turning point in GW's life. At some point in GW's life, his heritage and his platonic Christian spirituality collided, and he made a decision to 'go with God.' In the Oval Office he once said: 'You know, I had a drinking problem. Right now I should be in a bar in Texas, not the Oval Office. There is only one reason that I am in the Oval Office and not in a bar. I found faith. I found God. I am here because of the power of prayer. The book is the story of a man coming to find his place in the life God planned for him. It will not interest the non-believer, whether it be the political or the religious. It will interest the person who relies on faith...for 'without faith it is impossible...' Reaching for God or reaching for a is an ingredient that is necessary. Mansfield did a great job of showing how faith functioned in the life of a governor of Texas who became the President of the United States. It can inspire you, if you are open and if you believe in 'faith.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, informative and an easy read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr President a great man Love him
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very informative. I was able to understand Dubya better. I found the book brief. Could have written more.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives one an interesting perspective on George W. Bush. He seems to be a man of faith and integrity, but as with everyone there are many more ¿sides¿ of the story. Evangelical pastor Jim Wallis and the people of Sojourners magazine have written some interesting perspectives as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Mansfield is an excellent writer and he picked, in my opinion, one of the greatest subjects ever. The topic of this book and the stories told inside prove to me that we truly have a caring, concerned leader at the helm of this ship called America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
has led him to massive tax breaks for the richest Americans and the oil industry. Not much for the poor in Bush's value scheme. His spiritual journey led him to an unnecessary war with Iraq, which he has consistently lied about. His most frequent lie is the war makes America safer when our own national intelligence estimates show that it does not. His spiritual journey led him to significantly curb controls of air and water pollution. There is nothing in Bush's spiritual journey that fits the values of Jesus.