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  Reagans greatest virtue wasnt allegiance to country, but allegiance to God. With warmth and insight, this best-selling book by Mary Beth Brown delves into the spiritual journey of Americas 40th president and offers profound stories of the provisions God made in Ronald Reagans life from first making it as an actor to winning the presidency, from surviving an assassination   Reagan’s greatest virtue wasn’t allegiance to country, but allegiance to God. With warmth and insight, this best-selling book by Mary Beth Brown delves into the spiritual journey of America’s 40th president and offers profound stories of the provisions God made in Ronald Reagan’s life– from first making it as an actor to winning the presidency, from surviving an assassination attempt to eventually changing the face of politics and the world. Supported by Ronald Reagan’s own words and writings plus firsthand interviews with his family, friends, and co-workers, Brown weaves a magnificent story that inspires as it informs. Reagan’s strong devotion to God will encourage believers to enter public service, allowing their faith to motivate their actions, and will draw focus to Christ’s matchless sacrifice–forever near and dear to President Reagan’s heart.  


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  Reagans greatest virtue wasnt allegiance to country, but allegiance to God. With warmth and insight, this best-selling book by Mary Beth Brown delves into the spiritual journey of Americas 40th president and offers profound stories of the provisions God made in Ronald Reagans life from first making it as an actor to winning the presidency, from surviving an assassination   Reagan’s greatest virtue wasn’t allegiance to country, but allegiance to God. With warmth and insight, this best-selling book by Mary Beth Brown delves into the spiritual journey of America’s 40th president and offers profound stories of the provisions God made in Ronald Reagan’s life– from first making it as an actor to winning the presidency, from surviving an assassination attempt to eventually changing the face of politics and the world. Supported by Ronald Reagan’s own words and writings plus firsthand interviews with his family, friends, and co-workers, Brown weaves a magnificent story that inspires as it informs. Reagan’s strong devotion to God will encourage believers to enter public service, allowing their faith to motivate their actions, and will draw focus to Christ’s matchless sacrifice–forever near and dear to President Reagan’s heart.  

30 review for The Faith of Ronald Reagan

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Ronald Reagan: he was my favorite president of my lifetime. He was president during my late high school and college years, a time when the world is fresh and new and everything seems possible. And really, that's the feel I think Reagan gave to our nation. Before I read books I like to look up reviews on them, both to make sure a book isn't a totally dud and also just to get a feel for what others think. The Faith of Ronald Reagan didn't rate all that highly, with reviewers saying it was too Ronald Reagan: he was my favorite president of my lifetime. He was president during my late high school and college years, a time when the world is fresh and new and everything seems possible. And really, that's the feel I think Reagan gave to our nation. Before I read books I like to look up reviews on them, both to make sure a book isn't a totally dud and also just to get a feel for what others think. The Faith of Ronald Reagan didn't rate all that highly, with reviewers saying it was too fawning and sweet. But I'm so glad I went ahead and read it, because I just loved it. It was the story of Reagan's life - from his childhood which was greatly influenced by his Christian mom, Nelle. Like Reagan, Nelle had an irrepressible positive outlook that she passed on to Ron. Was the tone of the book positive? Yes, but from a book of this type I'd expect that. It's not an expose. And some "negative" aspects are covered - Reagan not attending church much while president (he said it was because he didn't want to put fellow churchgoers in danger), Nancy's faith not being nearly as strong, and Reagan's disappointment at his son Ron's lack of faith. Reading the excerpts from Reagan's speeches, it really brought me back to that great time in our nation. Can you imagine these things being said by the President today? After a military exercise in Grenada: Success seems to shine on us and I thank the Lord for it. He has really held me in the hollow of His hand. My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic. It is this: We win and they lose. What do you think of that? During his speech at the 1980 Republican convention: I must confess that I've been a little afraid to suggest what I'm going to suggest - I'm more afraid not to - that we begin our crusade joined together in a moment of silent prayer. Reagan's favorite verse was John 3:16, and when asked what it meant to him, he answered, It means that having accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I have God's promise of eternal life in heaven, as well as the abundant life here on earth that he promises to each of us in John 10:10. My word - can we bring this man back? Please? Thanks to the BookSneeze program for a review copy of this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendi

    The Faith of Ronald Reagan By Mary Beth Brown Published by Thomas Nelson The Faith of Ronald Reagan is an inspiring chronicle of the shaping of one of Americas greatest leaders. From his humble childhood in Illinois to his ascension to the highest seat in government, Reagans convictions, faith and hopefulness never wavered. Raised by an Irish Catholic father and a deeply committed Christian mother, Reagan had a servants heart and a genuine love for his country. Guided throughout his life by the The Faith of Ronald Reagan By Mary Beth Brown Published by Thomas Nelson The Faith of Ronald Reagan is an inspiring chronicle of the shaping of one of America’s greatest leaders. From his humble childhood in Illinois to his ascension to the highest seat in government, Reagan’s convictions, faith and hopefulness never wavered. Raised by an Irish Catholic father and a deeply committed Christian mother, Reagan had a servants’ heart and a genuine love for his country. Guided throughout his life by the hand of God, Reagan was not unaware of the miraculous events that shaped his existence and never failed, publicly or privately, to credit his creator. Reagan was convicted by truth, justice and the inspirational concept of the “American dream”. He adamantly and vocally opposed evil in any form, never bowing to pressure to remain “politically correct”. He was a man led by faith and answered only to One. The Faith of Ronald Reagan is a beautiful depiction of a truly great man whose profound faith, for a short time, led a nation. Affecting and motivational, filled with wisdom and challenge, I hope I am half the witness Reagan was in his life. Perhaps one day I will thank him for his example of a life well lived. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fehr

    Wow! It was wonderful to read this biography of America's best president! Not realizing how much God meant to Reagan, I was pleasantly surprised by the the vehemence of his faith. He did his best for God! One thing that really struck me was Reagan's crazy optimism. He brought out the best of people and his circumstances. I was also interested to hear that Reagan originally did not want to be President, but then he realized that it was God's calling. After the attempt at his life, he even gave up Wow! It was wonderful to read this biography of America's best president! Not realizing how much God meant to Reagan, I was pleasantly surprised by the the vehemence of his faith. He did his best for God! One thing that really struck me was Reagan's crazy optimism. He brought out the best of people and his circumstances. I was also interested to hear that Reagan originally did not want to be President, but then he realized that it was God's calling. After the attempt at his life, he even gave up what was most precious to him--going to church on Sundays. Ronald Reagan didn't want to risk other people's lives, but he was counting down the days when his presidency would be over and he would get to go to church again. Unlike many others before him, Reagan did not use his power to get done his agenda, but God's. Reagan was a man with vision. He knew what God wanted him to do and he followed Jesus with his whole heart. This book was perfect for me since I love learning about American presidents (especially ones that love God). The one thing I would have changed with the book was that I would have included more on Reagan's life after Alzheimer's disease, but the funeral testimonials pretty much made up for that. Reagan had a precious life and he still has. I am very much looking forward to seeing him in heaven!

  4. 4 out of 5

    J Layne

    Author Brown's husband Floyd Brown was executive director of the Young America's Foundation from 2001-2006. They saved the Reagan Ranch for posterity. (The Clinton administration refused to protect it like other presidential properties.) I like that this book has an extensive section talking about the Reagan Ranch (beginning around 61%). I loved reading this book and loved the focus on Reagan's deep rooted faith in Christ as his Saviour. It affected everything in his life, moderated his Author Brown's husband Floyd Brown was executive director of the Young America's Foundation from 2001-2006. They saved the Reagan Ranch for posterity. (The Clinton administration refused to protect it like other presidential properties.) I like that this book has an extensive section talking about the Reagan Ranch (beginning around 61%). I loved reading this book and loved the focus on Reagan's deep rooted faith in Christ as his Saviour. It affected everything in his life, moderated his temperament and, in my opinion, made him the great leader and president he was. Thank God for Ronald Reagan. America needs another one of like character now. An admiring tribute and proof positive that Ronald Reagan was a true believer in Christ, not just a professing Christian. I had heard or read about many of these anecdotes before reading this book, but it's nice to have them all together in one book. Has a section at end of eulogies at his funeral. Beautiful. (Eulogies by Michael Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Patti Davis, and Margaret Thatcher). Also has a Biblio at end of book, Acknowledgements and a linked Index. The book does (several times) mention Jane Wyman and her marriage to Ronald Reagan.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Im giving it a 4 because it started that way for me and had four moments throughout, but it really was more of a 3.5 with a few 3 moments as well. I figured I should round up since the majority of the book fell on the higher end. This book was an interesting look at the faith side of President Reagan and a lot of the backstory of where he came from and what was important to him. I’m giving it a 4 because it started that way for me and had four moments throughout, but it really was more of a 3.5 with a few 3 moments as well. I figured I should round up since the majority of the book fell on the higher end. This book was an interesting look at the faith side of President Reagan and a lot of the backstory of where he came from and what was important to him.

  6. 4 out of 5

    J.S.

    Several years ago I remember looking on a popular website and seeing a very short bio about President Reagan. If I remember correctly it ended by saying something like 'his accomplishments are questionable and it remains to be seen what his legacy will be.' And yet now, Republicans vie against each other to label themselves "Reagan Republicans" and candidates on both sides claim to espouse his ideals. Even President Obama made comments trying to draw favorable comparisons to his political Several years ago I remember looking on a popular website and seeing a very short bio about President Reagan. If I remember correctly it ended by saying something like 'his accomplishments are questionable and it remains to be seen what his legacy will be.' And yet now, Republicans vie against each other to label themselves "Reagan Republicans" and candidates on both sides claim to espouse his ideals. Even President Obama made comments trying to draw favorable comparisons to his political philosophies and made it known he is reading about him. The "mantle of Reagan" has become a valuable political commodity in these difficult economic times and bumper stickers proclaim "I miss Reagan." But what was it about Reagan that made him beloved and admired, or even great? According to Mary Beth Brown his faith in God played a significant part. She argues that it was a foundation of religious values instilled by his mother that gave him his direction in life, and those values guided his decisions and shaped the kind of president he later became. Everything from his abhorrence of communism to his optimism after the assassination attempt was an effort to do what he thought was right and make the most of the opportunity he felt had been given him by God. This isn't a straightforward or scholarly biography of Reagan but rather a look at the views he expressed publicly and privately about religion. It's very uplifting and inspirational but it's also filled with scriptures and quotes by various religious writers which often don't have a specific connection to things Reagan actually said. And frequently it felt like the author's views were being offered as Reagan's views even though no clear link was made in the text making it seem like the author was trying to claim the "mantle of Reagan" just like the numerous politicians. Those points aside, however, it's still an inspirational book and it seems obvious that Reagan was a sincerely religious man. And Reagan's own words illustrate the sincerity of his beliefs and his familiarity with scriptures lend weight to the author's conclusions. (I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their blogger program.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Former President Ronald Reagan was a man of faith, not just when he was in public, but all the time. Throughout the book, Ms. Brown gives examples of how Mr. Reagan's faith got him through tests such as running for Governor of CA and for President of the United States, as well as the assassination attempt made on him. Ms. Brown sets the tone for each chapter by using Scripture verses to introduce them. Throughout the book, the powerful influence of his mother, Nelle Reagan, is shown. She was a Former President Ronald Reagan was a man of faith, not just when he was in public, but all the time. Throughout the book, Ms. Brown gives examples of how Mr. Reagan's faith got him through tests such as running for Governor of CA and for President of the United States, as well as the assassination attempt made on him. Ms. Brown sets the tone for each chapter by using Scripture verses to introduce them. Throughout the book, the powerful influence of his mother, Nelle Reagan, is shown. She was a woman who loved her family and loved her God, and passed that to her children. It is easy to see how it was passed to Mr. Reagan and why he had a strong faith. This book is not preachy, but gets its points across very well. I enjoyed reading this book because it is well written, but also because Michael Reagan wrote the Forward, and Ronald Reagan is one of my favorite Presidents. It is a book I will share with others and give as gifts. It would make a great book for an individual reader, but reading groups could have a lot of fun with it as well. I received this book from the Book Sneeze program and thank them for the opportunity of reading it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    An inspirational look into the life of President Ronald Reagan, The Faith of Ronald Reagan delves into the faith of the man and how it shaped him as a person and most especially as a President of the USA. I enjoyed learning about the character and morales behind the esteemed figure of a president. I'd always thought him to be a beloved president who did much good for his country and worldwide. This book was an enlightening look into his life from meager beginnings through his first marriage, an An inspirational look into the life of President Ronald Reagan, The Faith of Ronald Reagan delves into the faith of the man and how it shaped him as a person and most especially as a President of the USA. I enjoyed learning about the character and morales behind the esteemed figure of a president. I'd always thought him to be a beloved president who did much good for his country and worldwide. This book was an enlightening look into his life from meager beginnings through his first marriage, an assassination attempt, his second marriage to his beloved Nancy and the heartbreak, challenges and triumphs in between. For history buffs and the everyday reader, this is a good uplifting read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Tevlin

    LOVED THIS BOOK! Mary Beth Brown steps outside the world of politics to discuss something much more important, the faith of our 40th President. From behind the scene information about kindnesses he showed to other people to the way those who served under him felt about this great human being. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a feel-good book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna Engler

    Liked it very much This is really the first time I've read of the sincere faith of Ronald Reagan. It's wonderful that he was taught this strong faith by his mother. He did a great deal for our country by being strongly opposed to communism. I truly hope our next president will have faith in God as strong as President Ronald Reagan. God bless the United States of America.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Brown does an excellent job portraying the true, born-again faith of one of our greatest presidents. She focuses heavily on his mother's influence, and traces his dependence on God through each major life experience. a well written and encouraging book for any believer.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Wonderful biography on Ronald Reagan and his faith. Much of who he was came from his mother's optimism and desire to raise him with faith. A very good book!

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