THE FAITH OF RONALD REAGAN – Mary Beth Brown (2011)

February 6, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birth.  Mary Beth Brown honors the life and legacy of the fortieth president in her book, The Faith of Ronald Reagan.

The Faith of Ronald Reagan uncovers what most books on the former President miss – a deep trust and reliance on the sovereign God of the universe.

The author explores the faith of Reagan’s mother and the spiritual influence she had on her son.  As such, she tracks the spiritual pilgrimage of former president and notes special moments that contributed to Reagan’s walk with God.

Mary Beth Brown does an excellent job highlighting President Reagan’s Christian faith and especially marks his deep trust in Christ and his reliance on the Providence of God.  She notes, “Reagan was the great communicator as we all know, but the key to his political success was his unparalleled ability to speak the language of faith and values.  This ability was a result of his strong faith and close relationship with God.”

Additionally, the author stresses Reagan’s love of personal dignity and  freedom – freedom that grows weaker as segments of America embrace liberalism.  Brown adds, “Reagan firmly believed that if we couldn’t convince the nation of the immortality of abortion, that we were in for a dire future.”

President Reagan modeled humble leadership.  The sign on his desk in the Oval Office read, “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

I will never forgot the day I heard of President Reagan’s death.  My wife asked, “Are you crying?”  I tried to hold it back, but the tears were welling up in my eyes.  America lost a great patriot on June 5, 2004.

Ronald Wilson Reagan will consistently be remembered by American’s as the greatest presidents of the twentieth century and one of the most influential presidents in American history.  Indeed, he stands alongside the likes of George Washington, John Adams, and Abraham Lincoln.  He taught us that freedom matters.  He taught us that freedom is not free.  He modeled good leadership.  And President Reagan demonstrated the importance of living out the Christian worldview.  We are the beneficiaries of his legacy.

4 stars

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program.

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