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The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama

The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama

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by Joshua DuBois

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The President's Devotional lets you start each day with the words that have inspired President Barack Obama, collected by Joshua DuBois, President Obama's "Pastor-in-Chief" (Time magazine)—his spiritual advisor who also served as the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


The President's Devotional lets you start each day with the words that have inspired President Barack Obama, collected by Joshua DuBois, President Obama's "Pastor-in-Chief" (Time magazine)—his spiritual advisor who also served as the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Every day, DuBois provided President Obama with a morning devotional weaving together scripture, song, prayer, and reflections, motivated by the spirit of God and infused with joyful flair. The President’s Devotional contains the best of these devotionals, daily spiritual guidance that offer peace, comfort, and inspiration throughout the entire year. 

Editorial Reviews

Christianity Today
“The administration’s go-to guy for almost all things religious.”
President Barak Obama
“Every morning [Joshua] sends me via e-mail a daily meditation. A snippet of Scripture for me to reflect on, and it has meant the world to me.”
Washington Post
“Obama has often mentioned the inspiration he finds in DuBois’ daily Scripture e-mails, making the faith-based office director an informal spiritual adviser to the president.”
Rick Warren
“It’s absolutely essential all leaders receive daily direction, spiritual guidance, and soul-nourishing input from God’s Word. Having served at the center of American government, Joshua understands better than many how draining leadership can be, and how we must refresh ourselves daily through time with God, thinking about eternal truths.”
President Barack Obama
“Every morning [Joshua] sends me via e-mail a daily meditation. A snippet of Scripture for me to reflect on, and it has meant the world to me.”
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie
“DuBois’s devotions draw the reader closer to the heart of God and help us to see things God’s way before the world begins to knock on the door of our hearts. These prophetic and powerful pathways into the heart of God will prepare you to meet whatever the day brings.”
“365 daily lessons containing spiritual and moral guidance appropriate for both gifted world leaders and ordinary people…best savored one day at a time.”
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush
“One of the most rewarding reads of The President’s Devotional comes at the beginning of each month when DuBois offers memories of specific moments during his time at the White House…These devotionals make clear DuBois has been the president’s most consistent spiritual advisor—a role he takes seriously.”
USA Today
“The religious practice of President Obama…is in the spotlight thanks to a new book about his prayer life by his former staff member Joshua DuBois. In The Presidents Devotional, DuBois compiles the prayers and bits of Scripture and inspiration that he has been e–mailing the president every morning.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“Churchgoers across the nation are snapping up Joshua DuBois’ new book, The President’s Devotional in which he details 365 of the most compelling inspirational messages he sent daily to President Barack Obama over a six year period.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“A special book, with the thread of spirituality drawing the reader in, the author shares insight into many of the trying times and difficult events in Obama’s first administration. . . . This will be a sensational gift book for special holidays.”
Huffington Post
“[DuBois has] earned the respect of many who work at the intersection of faith and politics.”
Stephan Bauman
“With this book, Joshua DuBois reveals the private strength behind the public story, the pursuit of God from the highest office. These words, drawn from ancient texts and trusted leaders, distill rare, urgent counsel during an age when we’ve never needed wisdom more.”
Andy Stanley
“Where does the President look for wisdom? My friend Joshua DuBois provided President Obama a daily dose of Old and New Testament wisdom. With The President’s Devotional, the rest of us have access to the devotions and meditations Joshua supplied to the President. What a treasure!”
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey
“This beautiful book of devotionals encourages us to take time for prayer and reflection. We faithfully read it every day, we drink in the text, and it quenches our thirst. This devotional strengthens and inspires us, and most importantly reminds us to trust God in every area of our lives.”
Stephen Mansfield
“Whatever else history records of Obama’s years in the White House, it must include that this president was offered a type of spiritual nurture unique among America’s chief executives—customized devotionals delivered daily. Thanks to DuBois, we too can be instructed and inspired by words intended to sustain a president.”
Russell D. Moore
“No matter how busy and stressed you are; you’re not busier or more stressed than the President, who read these devotionals in some of the highest pressure days of his life. We can all learn from this book how to encourage bless the leaders around us with wisdom and grace.”
Jonathan Merritt
“When Joshua DuBois opens his mouth, grace falls out. If you want to be challenged, encouraged, and inspired in your faith, look no further. The President’s Devotional is a must read book of spiritual reflections from one of America’s most influential Christian leaders.”
Justin Mayo
“Joshua is one of those refreshing and practical people who has provided Biblical truth and hope to people ranging from The Big O. to those cleaning tables. Inspire the leader within you with Biblical and timely insights DuBois has learned from his personal relationship with the greatest Leader of all.”
Michael A. Battle Sr.
“These devotions provide insight into things that have been significant encouragement for persons who are faced everyday with critical decisions. They prove valuable to each of us as we face the challenges of leadership in the fulfillment of our responsibilities to and for those God has placed in our care.”
Joel Hunter
“For years I have watched DuBois faithfully organize both Scriptures and prayers to strengthen the President in mind and spirit. Joshua has been the President’s go-to bridge to spiritual leaders, to Biblical wisdom, and to faith. Now he can be our bridge, too.”
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner
“Nothing uplifts American citizens more than knowing that our President is daily seeking the spiritual strength leadership demands. Joshua DuBois understood the centering power of feasting on the inspired word and wisdom of God. We will all be blessed immeasurably as we journey through this amazing collection of presidential devotionals.”
David Neff
“Joshua DuBois’s daily devotions for President Obama are filled with pastoral insights that can help guide the rest of us to make good choices as we work for change in our own spheres of influence.”
Sharon E. Watkins
“A daily spiritual oasis to help driven leaders catch their breath and reset their compass. Joshua’s selection is comforting and challenging in good proportion. The devotionals provide, from within the Christian tradition, both the wide perspective and the moment for personal centering necessary to stay oriented on the leadership journey.”
Mark Batterson
“So many believers seek scriptural, experienced guidance on how to navigate the tensions and challenges of living a public life aligned with their personal faith. The President’s Devotional is a uniquely valuable resource to help every person live a life that glorifies Christ and serves their neighbor.”
Kevin Ryan
“A surprisingly intimate journey to soul, lifted by the poetry, passion, and prayer that Joshua shared with the President. Insisting on Christ as his North Star in the midst of personal loss and national turmoil, Joshua reveals a grace, courage, and humility that make this book an essential compass.”
Bobby Gruenewald
“As we face mighty leadership challenges, we need a strong connection to our Almighty God. Every morning, Joshua had the privilege of sharing a daily devotional with our nation’s leader. And now we have the privilege to learn from the same wisdom and insight that Joshua brought to the president.”
John DiIulio
“Now all of us, including leaders in government, business, the nonprofit sector, and other fields, can join President Obama in benefiting from the great young reverend’s spiritual insights. This book is a special treat for the mind, a treasure for the spirit, and a daily tonic for the soul.”
Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe
“As leaders we know how important it is to be spiritually centered on a daily basis. Joshua DuBois imparts life-giving reflections that help provide biblical guidance and insights to nourish our souls. Not only am I using this resource, I will be encouraging others to use it daily.”
Brad Lomenick
“This book provides a tremendous spiritual resource that will deepen their walk, as well as a set of powerful lessons in high-stakes leadership. It will help all who are charging hard and intent on making a difference to stay grounded while accomplishing big things. I highly recommend it.”
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
“Joshua DuBois provides daily reflections, proven in the highest corridors of earthly power, that stand poised to inspire, inform, and impart the truth that God’s mercies arrive new every morning. This devotion is a must read for every leader in our land.”
Rich Wilkerson
“Most of us work to educate our Minds. Some of us exercise our Bodies. Not all of us develop our Spirit. That is why I’m so impressed with Joshua DuBois’s book. The President’s Devotional is a concise daily educational exercise in Spiritual Formation.”
Peb Jackson
“Joshua DuBois has been consistent in his encouragement-from the president to new friends-to spending time in prayer, meditating on the Word. All of us can use that type of encouragement.”
Library Journal
★ 11/15/2013
When DuBois (former head, White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships) led the religious affairs department of Sen. Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, he received Obama's permission to send him daily devotional email messages. As part of the Obama presidential administration, he continued to do so. He has now selected 365 of those emails, labeled here from January 1 through December 31, to inspire hope, illuminate key principles, or replenish a person's busy life. Even though the book is based upon a calendar year, readers can really dip in as they choose or begin reading on any date. Entries feature a short biblical quotation, sometimes an additional relevant secular quotation, a snippet from a song or verse, a brief daily meditation, and a short prayer. Each month is prefaced by an autobiographical essay by DuBois relating to challenges the Obama administration confronted and how they connect to themes of faith and doubt and of moving forward. VERDICT It is unnecessary for a reader to have any particular theological or political background to gain from the book through the inspirational thoughts and encouragement expressed. Many readers are likely to find themselves attracted to this appealing title.—William Garrett, Troy Univ. Lib., AL

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Joshua Dubois was executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships during President Obama’s first term. His work has been profiled in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and on CNN. He now writes a column for The Daily Beast and teaches at Princeton University. DuBois is the founder of Values Partnerships.

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The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad to know that someone actually logged in to review a book they didn't read and signed their review Anonymous because they dislike the President. I guess in this day and age people still judge a book by its cover and not the content on its pages. The author is inspirational and I purchased this book for my brother who lost his wife of 30 years. She was only 48. I thought that being the President and working for and with people who like you and don't like you must be a constant struggle. I can't imagine the difficulties one must go through to hold that office. I believe that those struggles must be what my brother feels - good days, hard days and severe adversities. Reading daily inspiration through the struggles may help him. Maybe the people rating this book should actually read it – it seems they need inspirational devotion themselves.
aarjay More than 1 year ago
This book gives the reader inspirational food for thought to begin every day. I am inspired to give copies to my family and friends as gifts. A wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Theologically meaty, but easy to read. This is the perfect gift for the holidays or "stock stuffer." And the essays to begin each month are phenomenal. HIGHLY recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it. So inspired that I have ordered 5 others for
KCormack More than 1 year ago
We are reading this book for the second time! We enjoy the scriptures and the anecdotes. Full of encouragement for leaders of all kinds, families, parents, etc. Lots of people from across the political spectrum can enjoy this devotional. 
WilliamBT More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent piece done by Joshua Dubois. I recommend every household to buy this book and keep it forever. I have already added it to my collection of books on President Barack OBama. A must read!
tc22 More than 1 year ago
Quick, easy read devotional
Anonymous 8 months ago
Very interesting
JeremyNYC More than 1 year ago
My fiancé and I stopped by B&N after church service today to look for new daily devotionals, unsure of which one(s) exactly, but we knew that we wanted something, especially in light of Friday's Inaugration and the unfortunate behavior and wholly disheartening rhetoric of the incoming President. Browsing through the shelves, somehow this one jumped out at me. I bought it, took it home and dived right in -- catching up on the devotionals I'd missed this month so far. What an amazing blessing this book already is -- and I'm only 21 days in! So grateful that it caught my eye on the shelf. I can't wait to see what it holds for the rest of the year! Will definitely be buying more for friends. FIVE STARS. (1/22/2017)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If obama is reading this he sure isnt following it. Tried to like this,might have if obamas name could have been left out of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So the guy who leaves out "under God" when reciting the Gettysburg Address is deeply religious and deserves a devotional book in his name? Really?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so much really wanna vet this book. But just by this comment before me I'm somewhat leaning towards not getting the book. But at the same time I'm interested in the book also. Could someone please help a sista out. Devotion143
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Either Obama didn't bother reading these devotionals or they aren't that good. A good devotional helps the reader to be a better person and it sure hasn't worked for Obama.