I have discovered over the years, that life can be challenging. God desires to sustain us as we look for "splashes of His grace" every day. My desire is that through posts, or book reviews, you may find something that points you to the grace of God, and that He ultimately will make a difference in your life.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Faith of Ronald Reagan by Mary Beth Brown
In her book, The Faith of Ronald Reagan, Mary Beth Brown painted a beautiful portrait of our 40th President and the faith he possessed. This book takes the reader on a journey from the small town of Tampico, Illinois where Ronald Reagan was born, to Dixon, Illinois where he was raised, all the way through to his career in the movie industry and then on to the White House. Throughout his life there were twists and turns and ups and downs, but through it all, Reagan saw the hand of God leading and directing him to God’s higher purpose. He was yielded to his God, and God used him.
Brown uses quotes from President Reagan’s autobiographies, and speeches along with interviews from those closest to him, including his wife Nancy, and his children, to tell his incredible story of faith which began with the influence of his mother Nelle and continued through to the “sunset of his life.” The Faith of Ronald Reagan was a testimony of his life, but also the testimony of the faithful God he served.
From the first page, to the very last, I was captivated by a man who I had heard so much about but never really knew until now. Brown's style of writing was easy to read and it portrayed Reagan's life in a way that most secular history books would not. I was inspired by Ronald Reagan’s life of faith and how God used this humble man for greatness because his life was yielded to Him.
The book concluded with the five eulogies give at his memorial service on June 11, 2004 by his son Michael Reagan, George Herbert Bush, his daughter Patti Davis, Margaret Thatcher, and George W. Bush. Each person shared his or her personal experience with President Reagan. Though the stories shared were different, the underlying theme was the same. Ronald Reagan was a humble, kind, man of faith whose main purpose was to honor his Lord. I highly recommend this book.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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.”