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The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons That Compose the American Soul

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What does it mean to think, believe, and act like an American?

The soul of America is far more than a concept-it is a people. Even the most sacred principles mean very little unless lived out passionately by an informed citizenry. In "The Portable Patriot "you'll find a carefully assembled sampling of American history's most formative words, written by the people who made t
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Timothy Stone
*The Portable Patriot* is a small, yet substantive, collection of documents from our nation’s history. Each section has attached commentary introducing the document and discussing its role in the political history and philosophy surrounding the formation of America.

Indeed, the word *philosophy* is crucial to the notion of the volume. The United States of America is not just a *country*, though it is that, to be sure. No, it is so much more than that. It is a set of ideas, beliefs, and values. W
"The Portable Patriot", is a wonderful and essential collection of writings from our forefathers, those men who took their faith and desires literally and therefore, began a transition from colonial establishment to the birth of a new nation. One must note that "The Portable Patriot" is a collection of excerpts of these famous and necessary documents, otherwise this book would be just to large to carry with the reader. Joel J. Miller and Kristen Parrish, have obviously taken great time and appar ...more
Apr 26, 2011 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all Americans who are old enough to understand it
This took me almost a year to read, but it was a valuable read.

First of all, I have to say that I love the design of the book. It may seem a small thing, but it made the book more readable to me. It's a small book, with a smooth cover, cloth binding, attractive fonts, rough page edges, and a few illustrations throughout. There are even the signatures of the Declaration of Independence signers in the front and back, which helps bring the people and the times alive.

Secondly, the passages were wel
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The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches and Sermons that Compose the American Soul

When I first received this book, I admit I was a bit intimidated. It looked, well, to be honest, BORING.

I was wrong.

This book was amazing. Reading the words of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and others was awe-inspiring. (One thing that is important to note is that this is not a book telling about documents and speeches, but a compilation of
These was a very interesting historical read. It provided a nice background on each selection that placed them in context. I'll enjoy referencing this book in the future.
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