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Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation 1607-1776

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It motivated America’s founding fathers, influenced national independence, and inspired our foundational documents. Wars raged over it. Men died for it. All for faith. And out of the smoke and grit, a nation was born. From the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to the passage of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Forged in Faith traces the epic colonization of America, th ...more
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Published June 1st 2010 by Oasis Audio (first published 2010)
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Dale
A surprising little book

What do I mean by surprising? I already knew how much of a role faith played in the founding of our country, so I was not surprised by that aspect of Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation 1607-1776 . Rather, I found myself thinking that Gragg was slanting the facts to make a point and leaving out crucial details, only to find, when I turned the page, that he addressed those details and addressed them fairly.

For example, he extols the virtues of the r
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Pegg
If you're at all interested in the faith of our founding fathers and how it shaped the birth of this nation, this is the book to read. A nice background of the state of religion in Europe prior to the first settlements in the New World, the book takes us through the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Well documented, the back 5th of the book is footnotes to back up the author's presentation and timeline of what was happening spiritually throughout these formative years. While not a "sto ...more
Mary Adams
Forged in Faith was good, but it fell a bit short of my expectations — or at least what I was looking for. It started out by focusing on the various faith-based influences on the founding of specific settlements and colonies. I could have listened to an entire book based on this.

There were also interesting tidbits on the role of key religious leaders like George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards. I wish there had been more time spent on the influence of these people, but given the relatively shor
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Michael
This was an excellent (and brief) history book about the faith foundations of America. From the earliest settlers in Jamestown and Plymouth, to the Puritans in New England, the transformations of the Great Awakening, and the beginnings of the War for Independence, the Bible and Christianity have played foundational roles in our nation's founding. I knew a lot of this story, but I had not realized how deeply intertwined the Bible was with the founding charters, compacts, and covenants of each col ...more
Mike Milton
I could not put it down. The author passionately and beautifully demonstrates what British historian Paul Johnson wrote, that America was founded out of Christian convictions. That one fact creates a river a history that explains the tensions, trials, and triumphs of the American experience. The present humanistic culture is an anomaly that will either redefine the nation or be swept aside by the current of another revival.
John Doody
I have a Masters in Political Science and I didn't know much of the information this author reveals about our nation's founding. It's very interesting and very unsettling to see the change in the American culture through the centuries.
mtw
This is a good overview of the religious influence leading up to the American Founding. I was hoping for a little more analysis, but it is adequate for the subject matter. A nice reminder of our religious roots.
Gillian
Well-written and researched account that you never learned in high school. It helps to connect the dots and explains some of the "whys" behind the events that formed our nation. Highly recommend!
J.
Rod Gragg writes to show the religious underpinnings of the United States of America. He explains that the majority of settlers, both the Pilgrims and those at Jamestown Colony, came for religious freedom and that their charters and organizations were designed around their religious beliefs. He also discusses the "Great Awakening," the religious revival in the mid-1700s led by such important but seldom remembered names as George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards, that brought the colonists back to ...more
Jerry
There is a notion often promoted in todays American society that the early founders of the United States were a selfish group of men whose only aim was to exploit any resource, including their neighbors, in order to create fortune for themselves. Rod Gragg shows, through an examination of historical documents and events that this was simply not so. The early founders were a people of faith, not without faults as all men are, but people who came to this continent with the intention and desire to ...more
Maggie
Wonderful book showing the founding of our nation! Read twice!
Andy Anderson
Great book and easy to read. Our country went thru a lot in the early days to form as a nation. A must read....
Trevor
Highly biased, still informative with some interesting facts, figures and insight.
Becky
Very informative but slow...like reading a history book.
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