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The Soul of an American President (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          How do you start off talking about the faith of the leader of the free world? What would you say about a man who's silent prayers, to be the man in the position of being President over the United States? Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as Ike, was such a man. However, before he became President of America, Eisenhower served as "a five-star general during World War II and also as supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe" (from Wikipedia).

          Apparently, even in his lifetime, having learned to be a man of impeccable faith from his parents he kept up a life of prayer from his earliest days. I have to say of this work of Sears, Osten and Cole for "The Soul of an American President" is a good read. Not only is it a "good" read you learn quite a bit of this man's life. Apparently, his predecessors -- parents and grandparents -- were from a group of Anabaptists. The Eisenhauers would eventually change their last name to what we know today, Eisenhower.

          Being part of such a spiritual and religious community Dwight was brought up to being more than a man of faith but also a man of prayer. Despite this and the leanings to not go to war, Dwight D. Eisenhower led the charge along with other like-minded Americans to help our friends and allies in war-torn Europe. So, do I find the authors of this book on the life of Ike did a great job in penning this book? Hands down!

          My best advice is to go grab a copy of this remarkable book about a truly remarkable man. During his presidency he enacted the first significant civil rights legislation, championed the formation of the interstate highway system, ended the Korean war conflict with threat of nuclear war, deterred conflicts with the Communist Bloc through his New Look Policy, admitted Alaska and Hawaii as 49th and 50th States of America, and is regarded as one of the greatest presidents of the United States.

          So, yes, while I advocate heartily in favor of this book, I also ask that those who do so take a good look at why America is known as a Christian nation. It isn't known as that simply because of what Eisenhower accomplished, but also because of how many men and women gave their lives in sacrifice to make sure a people could live and prosper as well as possible under Christ's name.

          I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books for a fair and honest review.

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