The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons That Compose the American Soul

The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons That Compose the American Soul

by Joel J. Miller, Kristen Parrish
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The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons That Compose the American Soul by Joel J. Miller, Kristen Parrish

What does it mean to think, believe, and act like an American? Get the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other important United States historical documents all in one book!

The soul of America is far more than a concept—it is a people. Even the most sacred principles mean very little unless lived out passionately by an informed citizenry. In The Portable Patriot you’ll find a carefully assembled sampling of American history’s most formative words, written by the people who made that extraordinary history—George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and many more of America's Founding Fathers. Speeches and sermons, essays and extracts, poems and proclamations illumine such values as independence, virtue, humility, bravery, thrift, prayer, enterprise, liberty, and reliance on God. While peering back to the cradle of America’s national identity, The Portable Patriot also points a way forward, compelling us to heed poet John Dickinson’s plea to “rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call.”

“Nothing ignites a patriot’s heart—or the hope that the truths of our founding era will prevail again—like the documents assembled in The Portable Patriot. How grateful we should be, and how quick to make these historic words our own.” ?Stephen Mansfield, author, The Forgotten Founding Father and The Faith of the American Soldier

“Our current struggles over taxation, federal debt, and limited government are part of a larger American story. Kudos to Miller and Parrish for highlighting these essential passages.” ?Hon. Andrew P. Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst, Fox News Channel

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ISBN-13: 9781418562472
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 09/26/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 838 KB

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The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons That Compose the American Soul 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
femininecowgirl More than 1 year ago
I think it's very important to look at history and learn what our forefathers thought and did. I think it's especially important to look at it from a Christian worldview. The Portable Patriot isn't a made up tale. It's history. It's a compile of letters, sermons, and documents that are OUR history.The words in it were written by men like John Adams, William Bradford, and Miles Standish. They were read by men like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Now we can read it. The Portable Patriot is subtitled Documents, Speeches and Sermons that compose the American Soul. That is a great way to explain this book. You could call it a miniature history textbook. It's a great way to learn about what life was like then. However, this is in the English that our forefather's spoke, so please be advised that it may be hard to understand in some parts. I would suggest this book for young adults to adults. This is a great resource to have on hand as well! According to new laws, I'm required to say that I got this book for free from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a review. I am not required to give a favorable review.
Hopefilledliving More than 1 year ago
The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons that Compose The American Soul Edited by Joel J. Milled & Kristen Parrish "This collection is far from definitive, complex, exhaustive, or anything of the sort. At best, it's introductory. But look at what we value, for what we hope, and these selections should seem familiar and close despite the temporal distance from us." This book is a good starting point for anyone who has an interest in historic documents, speeches and sermons. As it states in the afterward, it is not a definitive collection, but rather an introduction. This is a small book, but the cover and pages are nice quality and a bonus is that it will slip easily into my purse to read on a plane or waiting in the doctor's office. The introduction for each document could be a little longer and informative, allowing the reader a richer understanding of the context. I think it is a terrific book for those readers who want to read important historical documents at a foundational level.
tantrUm More than 1 year ago
The United States of America is rich with a past that translates to a painful, but more importantly -- a proud history. "The Portable Patriot" tells America's story through a compilation of American records and documents. It includes first documents such as The Mayflower Compact to famous speeches like The First Inaugural Address of George Washington, all of which manage to capture their conviction and determination to succeed. Being Canadian, I was briefly educated in American history and hoped to ascertain a broader knowledge of why Americans, seemingly more than most, loved their country so immensely. Although this book was fairly short (268 pages), I feel I quickly understood the dignity of being an American once I began reading it. The Founding of America is a rare example and a glimmer of hope in human history with regards to achieving what is best for the common good. I learned a lot from reading this book, but assume I could read it again and still have more to gain. I highly recommend this book as an introduction to American history or a pleasurable light read for American patriots. Any American household could benefit from this accessible book succinctly capturing the key events that made America. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are my own.
arcook More than 1 year ago
The Portable Patriot by Joel Miller The Portable Patriot should be required reading for every elected politician from the President of the United States down to the mayor of a town of 50. To go even further, I would suggest that every household in the US have a copy of the Portable Patriot in their house. Though Mr. Miller would like this to happen, I doubt it ever will. I am tempted, after reading it, to send a copy to the President and several of the elected politicians that "represent me". The Portable Patriot is a collection of documents, essays, letters and sermons from the revolutionary war era. Not only does the book include well known documents like "The Declaration of Independence", "The Bill of Rights", and "The Constitution", but lesser known letters and sermons that are not normally included in most history classes. The documents chosen help to give the reader insight into what the people of that era were thinking, feeling, and going through. Reading the book brought many of the historical figures to life and made them more real to me. Admittedly, much of this book is pretty dry reading. Most people will probably find it more of a reference book than something to read straight through. I initially skipped around in it and read the articles that sounded interesting. It was only after a few days of browsing that I forced myself to read straight through it. In contrast, a friend of mine who is a history buff said he had trouble putting the book down. I highly recommend this book as well as Joel Miller's other - The Revolutionary Paul Revere. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
beththebookreader More than 1 year ago
Where can you find a comprehensive compilation of many of the documents that shaped the US of A? The Portable Patriot edited by Joel Miller and Kristen Parrish can do just that. Written from a Biblical/Historical perspective, The Portable Patriot guides the reader through our nation's most fundamental documents, speeches, and sermons/letters. From the Mayflower Compact to Ben Franklin's advice for those Coming to America, you won't be disappointed in what Miller and Parrish have done. Perhaps you haven't read many of these documents since high school, or maybe you haven't ever read them. Either way, you will come to understand speech by speech, the importance of these documents and how they have shaped our nation one step at a time. The book can get lengthy in a few parts, but feel free to skip around. I especially liked the commentary at the beginning of each section. Reading this around Independence Day was especially poignant and it made me pause and reflect, once again, on our great nation and the founders who helped establish it. This is a great reference book to have on your bookshelf at home or work and I really enjoyed reading it. I hope that you will too!
choirgal04 More than 1 year ago
Essential documents for students of American history, any citizen really. A welcome addition to our Nook library.
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MSaff More than 1 year ago
"The Portable Patriot", is a wonderful and essential collection of writings from our forefathers, those men who took their faith and desires literally and therefore, began a transition from colonial establishment to the birth of a new nation. One must note that "The Portable Patriot" is a collection of excerpts of these famous and necessary documents, otherwise this book would be just to large to carry with the reader. Joel J. Miller and Kristen Parrish, have obviously taken great time and apparent pleasure in bringing these documents, speeches, and sermons together so that we as readers, can drink in the sources of the Patriotic natures of our forefathers. This collection beckons the reader to think about their own Patriotism and asks the question of that Patriotism that only each individual can answer. This book/collection also provokes the reader to look at today's conditions and activities with a more than passing glance. The question that comes to mind of this reader is "What would our founders think about the conditions and actions of our country today?" At the very onset of this collection of "I. Beginnings" ' The Mayflower Compact', through and all inclusive of The section 'Afterword,' we can get a glance if not a more in depth look at what was a birth of a nation. I find it appropriate that I am writing this review on July 4, 2010. What a wonderful way to celebrate our nation's birthday. Happy Birthday to The United States of America. While reading this collection of documents, speeches and sermons, I was reminded that we must all be vigilant in the protection of our rights and obligations as citizens of this great country. It was most revealing in reading Noah Webster's Oration on the Twenty-Sixth Anniversary of The Declaration of Independence. This is a quote from the section. Noah Webster warns America about those who would advance their own interests through the political system, and by pandering to the people even seducing and deceiving them. "Nation like individuals, may be misled by an ardent enthusiasm, which allures them from the standard of practical wisdom, and commits them to the guidance of visionary projectors. By fondly cherishing the opinion that they enjoy some superior advantages of knowledge, or local situation, the rulers of a state may lose the benefit of history and observation, the surest guides in political affairs; and delude themselves with the belief, that obstacles which have baffled the exertions of their predecessors.....". Finally, "The Portable Patriot" is truly portable in size, but it is also jam packed with everything a person needs to remind them as to where and how our great nation started and it is a constant reminder to all of us of how fragile our freedom is. Let us all be ready and willing to protect that freedom.
Texicanwife More than 1 year ago
The Portable Patriot Documents, Speeches and Sermons that Compose the American Soul Edited by Joel J. Miller and Kristen Parrish Thomas Nelson Publishing Nashville, TN - 2010 ISBN 978-1-59555-110-8 I have to admit, the thought of sitting down and reading patriot speeches and sermons, by choice, was not the way I would have chosen to spend an evening! However, I quickly found myself engrossed in the multiple patriotic discourses int his volume, and have to confess, that yes, I did in fact read the entire volume in about 3 hours without stopping! I sat riveted to my chair as I read Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, to name but just a few of the varied writers who are quoted within these pages. Instead of feeling bored, I felt a sense of how right these great men were for our founding fathers! There insight holds true to this very day! Their words are as appropriate today as when they first spoke them or wrote them down! Inside the reader also finds the Declaration fo Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the so many more articles that helped to not only form this great Nation, but unite it as no other. I felt my chest swelling with pride, and my heart became overwhelmed. This is surely a must read for all high school and college students!!! And for every patriotic American! I highly recommend this great compilation for all libraries, home and commercial. I give this book a five star rating. ***Thomas Nelson Publishing supplied me with a free copy of this book for independent review. I am in no way affiliated with Thomas Nelson Publishing and this review was not written for monetary refund.
LauraN More than 1 year ago
This book looked interesting, collecting documents, speeches, and even sermons that "compose the American soul" as the subtitle says. The book is small (hence the portable title) with the ragged cut pages that make a book feel older. Before each entry is a short description of the person or the event, placing it in context of the history of the nation. The contents are broken out by time period, from the Mayflower and other beginnings, just before the revolution, during the revolution, the founding, and the first documents of the republic. They have fit a lot of information in here. Of course the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, even some selections from the Federalist Papers. Plus any other writings not as well known. I see us referring to this book for years. As a former home schooler, I can see it being a cool resource for American History. But I must admit some disappointment. I didn't think portable would mean it had to be quite so small. Everything runs in together and the descriptive text is really only a few sentences. It is all about the actual documents, but the font and page size doesn't even make reading the documents easy. I'm not saying it had to be a text book, but I think a different format would have been more pleasurable to hold and read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I actually decided I loved this book even before I opened it. This little hardback gem looks and feels like a slice of our Yankee Doodle heritage before you've begun reading a single word. I was further delighted when, upon opening the front cover, I found the end papers appear to be autographed . by the founding fathers themselves. Nice touch. Inside, this carefully chosen collection of documents (some familiar to me and some new treasures to enjoy) bring back into sharp focus the values and principles held so dear in the hearts of the extraordinary men and women who forged the history of our great nation. But this book is intended by its authors as more than just a lesson in American history; it is an impassioned plea for a return to patriotism. The closing sentence of the Afterword sums it up. "If these texts represent ideas and past actions that compose the American soul, then to disregard them is to reduce our country to a mere political mechanism, and America is so much more than that." This little volume will find its new home on my desk for easy access rather than gathering dust with other "already-read-it" books on my shelves. FYI: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very important, when in deep study of anything, to understand where "anything" began. Knowing where something comes from helps you to see things from a different perspective than you may have without that knowledge. It also helps you to appreciate "anything" more. The Portable Patriot is an interesting collection of the experiences of men and women who were alive at the time of America's founding. Through their American experience, we see what was important to them, thereby giving us a view of the principles the United States was founded upon. While I would have wished that more attention had been paid to the founding documents, I also carry the understanding that too much attention paid to anything would have missed the point of the text. The point, through my eyes, is to interest readers in the origins of this nation and challenge them to seek a better understanding of their America. Armed with the knowledge of America's founding plus today's individual American experience will hopefully help us to create a better America for tomorrow. While no one volume could ever hope to cover, in detail, such every American experience, The Portable Patriot hopefully is a catalyst that will lead people to explore the subject further.
FaithfulFoliosvLogReviews More than 1 year ago
Vertical Reach = 1 Not a lot of direct reference to intimate personal relationship with God in any of the reprinted or presented materials. Ministry Message= 3 America was founded by Christians and on Christian principles. Craft = 3 The content is technically correct but not compelling enough to engage someone who doesn't already agree with the opinions or information represented. Aesthetics = 2 The layout is a bit annoying inside and the style is too varied. If I saw this book in a store or on a website I would pick it up because I'd be curious about what is said but that is based on the title not the cover. This book was provided by the publisher.