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Living Faith

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For almost three decades, President Carter has regularly spent part of each Sunday reading from scripture and sharing his personal faith with neighbors, friends, and visitors at his Baptist church in Plains, Georgia. In Living Faith, he draws on
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Published August 31st 2011 by Three Rivers Press (first published December 12th 1991)
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Jan 10, 2012 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, christian
Jimmy Carter not only served as President of the United States in the post-Watergate years but also taught a mean Sunday school class. This book, based around some of those lessons but written as a personal narrative is very helpful in understanding the contours of Jimmy Carter's faith. Two things stood out to me. One is that Jimmy Carter has had a genuine personal encounter with Christ. Two is that he is strongly convinced that it is not enough to profess faith in Christ if one does not live th ...more
Sam Gillette
Nov 29, 2014 Sam Gillette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Living Faith by 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter is a book based on Jimmy's life and how faith has gotten him through tough times. President Carter was a devout baptist that joined the U.S. Navy shortly after his marriage to Rosalynn Carter, and moved back to Georgia to live close to his parents after 2 years of his Navy career. He and Rosalynn were teachers of Sunday School classes at a Baptist Church in Georgia, and Jimmy was a Deacon. He was elected U.S. President in January 1977 an ...more
J 5jarvis
Apr 07, 2016 J 5jarvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Religion is all too often viewed in a negative light these days; Jimmy Carter's book Living Faith does a good job of show the positive effects religion can have. Carter reiterates time and time again that "We need God's presence at all times - not just when life is at its most difficult." (Page 33). This is central to all of Carter's ideas; he likes to mention how he has evolved into a better man in every period of his life due to his constant relationship with God. A specific example Carter giv ...more
Mar 19, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Christians can buttress their arguments on almost any subject by emphasizing certain selected Scripture verses then claiming that they should be applied universally. But when we do this, we're using the Bible as a rationalization for our personal preferences, which we assume are correct. The resulting divisions are usually based on the presumption of preeminence by one group over others: 'God and I are right, and anyone who diagrees with us is wrong.' I'm always concerned about such 'true belie ...more
Stephen Brooke
Having read Carter’s excellent memoir, ‘An Hour Before Dawn,’ I decided to tackle this book, which was among those in my late mother’s library. In its way, this is another memoir, a spiritual memoir one might say.

It is, however, a far less cohesive narrative. Following some exposition of the roots of his Christian faith, he uses the balance of the book to speak of that faith in action, primarily in his post-presidential life, in such endeavors as Habitat for Humanity and the Carter Center. All o
Mar 21, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
I have a lot of respect for President Jimmy Carter, more for his continuing efforts towards world peace and his work with Habitat for Humanity than for anything else. I knew that he was a Christian, but I didn't really know much about his beliefs or his life. So I was pleased to find this audiobook in the library book sale.

While we don't share all the same beliefs, I really found so much to admire about Carter in this book. He hasn't always had an easy path in life. He talks about his decision t
Mark Montgomery
Mar 10, 2015 Mark Montgomery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding very readable and inspirational book. Picked this up at the Carter Library on a recent trip to Atlanta and glad I did. Especially enjoyed the chapters relating faith in leadership and justice. Pretty heavy the way he relates faith to just about everything including the origins of the universe. Definitely have a healthier respect for Jimmy Carter after reading this book.
Aug 25, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book on my shelf for quite a while, but had never gotten around to opening it up. Sadly, Jimmy Carter in the news recently reminded me of it. In this book, President Carter gives a great overview of his Christian faith and how it has informed and affected him over the course of his many careers. Although his beliefs are a bit traditional and dated for me, i came away from this book with a great respect and reverence for how he translated his faith into action and good, instead of ...more
Jan 17, 2008 Ray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has a lot going for it: nicely packaged, well-written, thoughtful, candid. At times I really enjoyed it. But overall I found it a little disappointing. Carter endless boasting is too much to stomach.

The most helpful aspect of this book was to understand better the contours of Carter's personal theology. What is very clear is that by any classical standard Carter may be a committed Christian but he is no evangelical. His beliefs include: Homosexual practice is acceptable (p.187), Bibli
Oct 10, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Jimmy Carter and his faith and the Baptist Church. He always taught Sunday school and whenever he is back in Plains he still teaches Sunday School at age 90.
Mar 22, 2016 Luann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful perspective from a man who happened to be President of the United States. His life, from boyhood to post-presidency, has been carved and molded by his strong Christian beliefs. There is so much I learned about this man that has changed my opinion of why he handled issues during his presidency the way that he did. The Carter Center, too, is so much more than a presidential library and his work with Habitat for Humanity is one of his many passions. I really enjoyed this book an ...more
i am convinced jimmy carter is one of the best all around people of this generation. living faith is an inspiring book about how a person should conduct him or herself in the face of trying times. the book has a lot of corny parts but president carter pulls off the message still. there's clearly a lot of scripture and verse in the text, but it doesn't read like he's pushing his particular religion. rather he honestly tells how his faith has continued to help him grow as a person. one can really ...more
May 05, 2016 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read a long time ago. Enjoyed. Great author and good man of God.
Jill Corbett
Loved the way it explained his way of thinking about Faith.
Tom Guise
Jimmy Carter is a good man. He was also a good President, in spite of what many will say. He did the best he could with the issues he was given, as all Presidents' do. Being the President of the US, is not a job I would want. The fate of too many good and honest people rest on that office holders' shoulder. Each of our President's are human, none of them are perfect, yet we judge them on their perfection, a scale by which none of us dare to measure ourselves by first.
I am always impressed by President Carter's books and this one was no exception. The best point I took away from this book was the same one from the sermons Sunday Morning in Plains.

Followers of Jesus must remember that love is the greatest of all things and that is how we lead others to Christ, not exclusion or judgement.
Silvio Curtis
Rambling spiritual memoir. It might have been more interesting if I'd read it together with a more systematically focused source about Baptist religion or about Carter's life, which this book could have helped put in perspective. But by itself, I found it neither very informative nor very provocative.
A clear statement about his faith and how he has tried to live that faith out throughout his life. Though I disagree with him on some issues, and did not vote for him in either 76 or 80, I have a very high regard for him and the work he has done since he left the White House
Jun 21, 2007 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would be so much easier to like organized religion if it were as Jimmy Carter envisions and practices it. I was lucky enough to read this book in time for a signing he did in St. Louis in January 1997. My copy is signed, and I got to meet him, which was immensely humbling.
Feb 11, 2008 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Went to a booksigning at Cody's Bookstore in Berkeley to get it signed by Jimmy Carter. I couldn't get myself to talk, so I just stared at him. He and Tony Campolo exemplify Compassionate Christians.
Oct 27, 2007 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
In this book President Carter talks about how his faith and values have shapedhis life. This book is 5 star must read book.
Leah Moore
It was what I would expect from Jimmy Carter. He took bible verses and related them to different stages in his life.
Karen Klasi Wentlandt
I swear I'm going to finish this.

Update: Some day I will finish this.

Update: I may never finish this.
Aug 05, 2012 Darian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first biography where I learned there was such a thing as super passionate married Christians.
Dec 23, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed his honesty in the book, it was so personal and real. I would read it again.
Pamela Hawley
Jimmy Carter's life journey and faith and the challenges he overcame.
Apr 19, 2009 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stood in line to have him sign mine!
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James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981, and the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Prior to becoming president, Carter served two terms in the Georgia Senate and as the 76th Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975.

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