Faith of our Founding Father: The Spiritual Journey of George Washington

Faith of our Founding Father: The Spiritual Journey of George Washington

by Janice T. Connell


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A devout Christian, Washington's religious beliefs influenced his life as a young surveyor on the dangerous frontier through his heroics as a militia leader in the French and Indian War to the dark days of Valley Forge and the triumph of the Presidency. He was held in the highest regard by his fellow citizens and history has canonized him as the most esteemed of the Founding Fathers. At the root of that esteem was his spirituality.

In Faith of Our Founding Father, best-selling author Janice T. Connell examines the spiritual life of our first president. She takes us on a journey from his boyhood, scarred by the early death of his father, to the pinnacle of the Presidency.

Washington was no stranger to sorrow, cold, hunger, persecution, violence or terrorism. His great accomplishment was to face misfortune and conquer it. He achieved his victory by discipline, commitment, prayer, and the graced ability to bend his will under the yoke of Divine Providence.

Faith of Our Founding Father contains the entire text of the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, a text he learned by heart as a young schoolboy and which governed his code of behavior throughout his life. It also contains the full text of his daily prayers, which provided him solace and enriched his faith until the day he died.

In a world wracked by wars, terrorism, disease, starvation, immorality and tyranny, George Washington has much to reveal to us. His accomplishments and writings disclose that Providence was in him, around him and always with him. George Washington's faith shines like a beacon to light the way for all to peace and liberty on earth and happiness thereafter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578261567
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
Publication date: 12/01/2003
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1
Chapter 1Washington's Early Years3
Chapter 2Washington's Prayers31
Chapter 3Washington's Early Military Experience53
Part 2
Chapter 4Washington's Leadership73
Chapter 5Washington's Faith90
Chapter 6The Declaration of Independence107
Part 3
Chapter 7In Defense of Freedom117
Chapter 8America's Prosperity138
Chapter 9Washington's Legacy155
Afterword: Excerpts from Washington's Farewell Address171
Illustration Credits195
Selected Bibliography197

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Faith of our Founding Father: The Spiritual Journey of George Washington 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book describes a Washington that the author evidently wishes existed, but didn't. It is a book intended to bolster the biases of those who can't bear that a great man did not share their religious convictions.
emvirginia More than 1 year ago
Not based in history but in wishful thinking. The author wants Washington to be the devout Christian she imagines him to be and so avoids factual information in order to hold on to her fantasy. Readers would be much better served by reading The Faiths of our Fathers by Alf J. Mapp, Jr., a book that is based in careful research.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with evidence of George Washington's brilliant leadership under the guidance of Divine Providence. What a hope enshrined legacy for the United States. Though delightfully easy to read, this book is life changing. No honorable pupil of American History should miss this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book on a radio talk show. It sounded too good to be true. But I couldn't put it down. What an amazing spiritual journey George Washington undertook. By the last chapter, tears reminded me what a real American is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I have always admired George Washington as the founder of my country, this book has allowed me to understand the depths of this extraordinary man. His invincibility in battle, his disarming humility - refusing to allow his countrymen to make him king - his wisdom at the Constitutional Convention - his leadership -the love and dedication of his officers and peers for him, even in the worst of times are most inspiring. I read excerpts from this book every day. The Rules of Civility are great. I am only sorry that my Dad is not still with us. This book on the spiritual journey of George Washington verifies the hopes he had for me. With the help of Providence, I won't let him down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almost everything I was taught in school said that the Founding Fathers were all deists, some even atheists. It was interesting to see the true Anglican beliefs of Washington displayed so clearly. A truly inspiring book. The cover art is beautiful. It will make a great gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book for all Americans. Inspirational, informative, enlightening, powerful.