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Washington's God: Religion, Liberty, and the Father of Our Country

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Washington has long been viewed as the patron saint of secular government, but in Washington's God , Michael Novak and his daughter, Jana, reveal that it was Washington's strong faith in divine Providence that gave meaning and force to his monumental life. Narrowly escaping a British trap during the Battle of Brooklyn, Washington didn't credit his survival to courage or ta ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 6th 2006 by Basic Books
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A leading conservative thinker offers the first in-depth look at the religious life of our country's greatest founding father, George Washington ...' I hope using the word conservative isn't a warning ...

because I thought the book was terrific, though it took some discipline to stay with a fairly exhaustive look at Washington's life of public religious statements, prayers, and letters. Apparently a private man, he and his wife Martha
Stephanie Blake
This father/daughter author team did an immense amount of research into the religious life of George Washington. I found this book extremely well written and full of facts I had never seen before about Washington.

Whether or not George Washington was a Christian in the truest sense (trusting in Christ alone for his salvation), it is clear that he was not a deist and had an abiding faith in God, whom He often referred to as Providence. The authors surmise that since Washington was a faithful Angl
Glenn Robinson
Very enjoyable. A theological and philosophical look at George Washington. I greatly appreciated this. Clearly the writers have studied Washington in depth. Not only frequent references to the other leaders and writers of the time, which is typical and expected, the writers clearly studied those books, writings and bios to share how these shaped his religious thoughts and beliefs. I learned a great deal more of Washington than I had expected. Worthwhile read for those that enjoy studying our fir ...more
Terri Holmgren
I loved the history in this book. Author certainly did his research and debunks much of the myth about Washington's religious beliefs. Have read many of Washington's biographies and this is near the top of the list of my favorites.
The idea of this book was excellent, and it delivered in the sense that I learned more about Washington's character and moral compass. It made me appreciate Washington the man and Washington the Christian as being one consistent character. However, the book didn't deliver in that its vocabulary was pompous and pretentious, it was very disorganized and illogical in how it presented arguments, and it was repetitive and overall unimpressive. I would recommend it if one wanted a new persepective abo ...more
George Washington was an incredibly amazing man. This book was very fair at looking at the evidence of whether Washington was a true Christian or not. His character and life experiences were nearly unbelievable. I truly enjoyed exploring Washington's faith and how it shaped this nation. Easy and fast read.
Tracy Hackney
This book was okay. Some interesting info, but it seemed like the author just kind of kept saying the same things over and over. I agree that Washington was probably a true Christian and not just a deist - but the book got old after the first few chapters.
I recently read a quick history about George Washington and loved it! This is a wonderful book that reveals how much religion was a part of George Washington's life. He was a true Christian in every sense on the word!
Completely biased! This guy needs to quit listening to the religious right's take on the Founding Fathers and actually read what the Founding Fathers said! A crappy book on a very important topic.
Jerry Landry
An enlightening examination of how our first president thought of the divine and his relationship to the higher power.
Jonathan Gaspard
The best book I've read on Washington. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
Anita Williamson
A wonderful book about the faith of George Washington.
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