God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life

God and Ronald Reagan A Spiritual Life Ronald Reagan is hailed today for a presidency that restored optimism to America engendered years of economic prosperity and helped bring about the fall of the Soviet Union Yet until now little atte

  • Title: God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life
  • Author: Paul Kengor
  • ISBN: 9780060571429
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ronald Reagan is hailed today for a presidency that restored optimism to America, engendered years of economic prosperity, and helped bring about the fall of the Soviet Union Yet until now little attention has been paid to the role Reagan s personal spirituality played in his political career, shaping his ideas, bolstering his resolve, and ultimately compelling him to conRonald Reagan is hailed today for a presidency that restored optimism to America, engendered years of economic prosperity, and helped bring about the fall of the Soviet Union Yet until now little attention has been paid to the role Reagan s personal spirituality played in his political career, shaping his ideas, bolstering his resolve, and ultimately compelling him to confront the brutal and, not coincidentally, atheistic Soviet empire.In this groundbreaking book, political historian Paul Kengor draws upon Reagan s legacy of speeches and correspondence, and the memories of those who knew him well, to reveal a man whose Christian faith remained deep and consistent throughout his than six decades in public life Raised in the Disciples of Christ Church by a devout mother with a passionate missionary streak, Reagan embraced the church after reading a Christian novel at the age of eleven A devoted Sunday school teacher, he absorbed the church s model of practical Christianity and strived to achieve it in every stage of his life.But it was in his lifelong battle against communism first in Hollywood, then on the political stage that Reagan s Christian beliefs had their most profound effect Appalled by the religious repression and state mandated atheism of Bolshevik Marxism, Reagan felt called by a sense of personal mission to confront the USSR Inspired by influences as diverse as C.S Lewis, Whittaker Chambers, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, he waged an openly spiritual campaign against communism, insisting that religious freedom was the bedrock of personal liberty The source of our strength in the quest for human freedom is not material, but spiritual, he said in his Evil Empire address And because it knows no limitation, it must terrify and ultimately triumph over those who would enslave their fellow man From a church classroom in 1920s Dixon, Illinois, to his triumphant mission to Moscow in 1988, Ronald Reagan was both political leader and spiritual crusader God and Ronald Reagan deepens immeasurably our understanding of how these twin missions shaped his presidency and changed the world.

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    • Mark Mortensen says:

      Having read an assortment of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs and diaries of President Reagan I wondered if there was enough substance to fulfill a book titled “God and Ronald Reagan”. The answer is absolutely. Additionally I was pleased to see fresh information on the life of Reagan. Through Dr. Kengor’s research it is apparent God was the central focus in Reagan’s life beginning with roots in childhood. Hollywood and politics alters the vision of many however Reagan maintained a s [...]

    • Michael says:

      My earliest political memory is of Richard Nixon resigning from the Presidency. I have vague memories of the end of the Viet Nam War, and I sort of kind of remember President Carter's election in 1976. What I do remember,vividly, is the election of Ronald Reagan. It was 1980; I was eleven years old, and I remember President Reagan as a grandfatherly figure who somehow made me feel safe from the nuclear bombs we were told were threatening to rain down on our heads. I always liked Reagan. I still [...]

    • Sarah says:

      For anyone that enjoys American history, this one provides an excellent education on Communism and Reagan's role in dismantling a truly evil system. It is humbling to see how Reagan's faith anchored him throughout the Cold War (and his life) and enabled him to stand by his beliefs amid blistering criticism from the liberal left the same liberal left that today applauds all he was able to accomplish surrounding the demise of Communism. A truly great book about 'practical' Christianity.My favorite [...]

    • Anne Marie Gazzolo says:

      Great book about a great man! No wonder the liberals hated him. I also highly recommend Kregor's book God and George W. Bush, another great book about another great man. We need more men like them! God bless them both.

    • Cari Miller says:

      One of the best books on Ronald Reagan I've read!!

    • Andrew S. says:

      Walk away from the arguments that "Reagan barely went to church during his presidency" and conspiracies over astrology (which have been debunked), and you will find a devout Christian gentleman. In this book, Dr. Paul Kengor guides you from Dixon, IL to the Oval Office in relation to his faith. With the great influence of his mother, Nelle Reagan, Rev. Cleaver, and a book "That Printer of Udell's", "Dutch" is able to have a solid Christian foundation that would sustain him for the rest of his li [...]

    • Louis Barbier says:

      This is one of the best books I have read this year! The author Paul Kengor wrote a definitive book on President Ronald Reagan. It was both fascinating and packed with many facts about the president that never had appeared in print. From the beginning the very religious life and his personal relationship with God was revealed. President Reagan upon awakening each day he thanked God. When he started any new project, he asked God for help. His whole life revolved around God first. He also evangeli [...]

    • Jeff says:

      Two specific chapters in this book were among the strongest scholarship I've read. While I loved this without them, they definitely earned that coveted 5th star for this rating. Kengor's chapter on Reagan's 'Evil Empire' speech was among the finest chapters I've read when it comes to historical analysis and scholarship. I even used some experiences from this book in a Sunday School lesson I had to teach last week! Reagan's religion was personal and real. He wasn't merely a religious zealot, and [...]

    • Jeannie Trickett says:

      I liked it a lot. I learned quite a bit about the spiritual side of Ronald Reagan. He had a strong faith. He felt very strongly about the oppression of the people in Russia in regards to faith. He believed that they had the right to freedom of religion and he did all he could to make that a reality for them.It was a very interesting book for me because I learned about the history of Russia and Communism, and I was able to learn more about what went on during Ronald Reagan's presidency in regard' [...]

    • Missy says:

      About halfway through, I LOVE this book. While I didn't know it when I picked it up (ie. took it away from Chris while he was busy with Anna on our flight to OH) it is the perfect book for me to read: For random reasons, I have recently read That Printer of Udell's, Witness and Mere Christianity. There are chapters for each of those three books and their profound effect on Reagan in this book. Also, Kengor was my professor at Grove City! And actually, junior year, I purposely scheduled a class w [...]

    • Cynthia says:

      Wonderful book!!!! I encourage everyone to read this book. Dr. Kengorhas covered the spiritual side of President Reagan and his constant, faithful efforts to share the Gospel with all within the sound of his voice. Mr. Reagan was an un-wavering apologist for the cause of Christ. I believe everyone can learn much about having courage in the face of adversity when sharing our faith. After all, we are commanded by Jesus Christ to do just thatThank you, Dr. Kengor, for capturing President Reagan's f [...]

    • Jeff says:

      This extensively foot-noted book gives real insight into what made Ronald Reagan tick. I knew his faith seemed to ground him in many ways, but I didn't realize how deeply his faith impacted his life and decisions, and how far back his Christian roots went. A very helpful book to read in understanding the Reagan years, especially his campaign to help bring Communism to an end, highlighting his spiritual motivation for this over any political motivation. Nice to read about a leader who has a sense [...]

    • Jason says:

      There are plenty of books about Ronald Reagan, but few of them address the influence that Reagan's Christian faith had on him, his presidency, this nation, and the Cold War, and none of them like this book. This book is an essential part of understanding Reagan and understanding his view of and strategy in the Cold War. The chapter on the Moscow summit near the end of his presidency is great. The only downsides of this book are that it does get repetitive at points and is completely non-critical [...]

    • Lisa says:

      All of the Reagan bios I have been reading mention Reagan's religious views, but this is the only one that explores where his convictions came from. Kengor describes how Nelle Reagan and their church gave young Reagan the opportunities to learn, serve, lead, and even teach others. After Kengor's description, I found a copy of "That Printer of Udell's" and read it. I'm hoping to read Whittaker Chambers' "Witness" one of these days too.

    • Mitch says:

      I found this book to be a fair and honest review of Reagan's religious faith and how he applied to his policies as President. A bit tedious at times, this book is still a must-read for any student of Reagan, Presidential history, or the Cold War. The book addresses the claims that Nancy influenced President Reagan's policies with her astrological beliefs and discusses the impact (or lack thereof) this aspect of Nancy's life had of the Gipper.

    • Amy says:

      The premise of the book is very interesting, although not original. I found it to be a bit scattered, and was disappointed by the lack of fresh ideas in the piece. Great for anyone who is clueless that Reagan was a religious man, but the author only sticks to his public statements and addresses, with little evidence that he actually put in the time at the Reagan Presidential Library looking through his papers to give his book the edge it needed.

    • Sarah says:

      I don't care for biographies; I prefer fiction to non-fiction. However, this book was assigned to me in my undergraduate history class and I really enjoyed it! It is very well-written and entertaining, inspiring and honest. It made me rethink a lot of things I had previously thought about congressmen and provided some great insight into such an amazing president.

    • Sue says:

      Enjoyed this book about Reagan and God. Although it should REALLY be called "God, Russia and Ronald Reagan." It starts when Reagan was young and speaks about his faith and where it initiated and how it grew. A great deal of the book reveals how his view of the USSR was shaped by his faith and how he wanted to bring the USSR back to God. Very good book!!

    • Richard Knobloch says:

      Great insight on a great manThis book tells Reagan's religious roots and describes how he used God to not only obtain the presidency, but to end communism in Soviet Russia. Great book with great references. A must read for anyone interested in learning who Reagan really was.

    • J Layne says:

      What a great book on the spiritual life of a great man. Reagan was great because he was a strong Christian. He knew Jesus Christ as his own personal Saviour and he was strong and firm in that belief all of his life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    • Mark Vining says:

      This book chronicles the spiritual battle that, in my opinion, our greatest President went through. Although his life was filled with much adversity, he never gave in and always kept his mind on God. This book is a must-read for all.

    • Jason Townsend says:

      A fascinating look at how belief in God shaped the words and deeds of one of the most important men of the latter 20th century.

    • Judy says:

      We sure could use another Reagan right now!!! A man for all seasons and all people.

    • Lauren says:

      A very good insight into the influence Christian faith played in Reagan's personal and public/political life. Great book.

    • John says:

      While somewhat unorganized in his presentation, Kengor provides an enormous amount of evidence that President Reagan was guided by a deep Christian faith.

    • Jeff says:

      Well researched and presented case for a private and not widely known but almost intuitively understood reason for the goodness and decency and clear sense of purpose behind the man.

    • Rick Hogaboam says:

      A most interesting biography of Reagan and his faith - and how it informed his political engagement, namely his fight against communism.

    • Rachel Wood says:

      Great book about a great man and his relationship with God

    • Shannon Ferguson says:

      Great biography of Ronald, although a bit scattered at times.

    • Patrick says:

      The Driving Force and Inspiration behind the Life of Reagan.God is first.From Start to FinishA life driven by that Greater Power.Through HIM, with HIM, and in HIM !!!!

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