Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin: What She Believes and What It Means for America

The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin: What She Believes and What It Means for AmericaThe Faith and Values of Sarah Palin: What She Believes and What It Means for America by Stephen Mansfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stephen Manfield can really crank out the books. It would be interesting to see how many he has written in the last ten years. In this book he does a good job of presenting a fair view of Sarah Palin. I agree with Sarah Palin on about 95% of her views but for some reason I do not see her as President of the United States. If you want to read a fair account of her life and views this is a book for you. As always in Manfield's books he quotes from lots of people. You will see in the quotes below that is again true in this book.

Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.  ~Robert A. Heinlein

If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.  ~C. S. Lewis "Mere Christianity"

Great men are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.  ~Mao Tse-Tung "On Protracted War"

There is a flow to history and culture. This flow is rooted and has its wellspring in the thoughts of people. ... The results of their thought-world flow through their fingers or from their tongues into the external world. This is true of Michelangelo's chisel, and it is true of a dictator's sword.  ~Francis Schaeffer "How Should We Then Live?"

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A classic example of Paul Harvey's instructive artistry is an economics object lesson he repeated many times throughout his five decades on American radios. It begin with the jarring declaration, "The pilgrim fathers of the United States were communists." Harvey goes on to describe how the first Massachusetts colonists under Governor Bradford began their farming operations as a commune - laboring together on a common plot of land - and how they almost starved to death. Only when these Pilgrims switched to a system of private farming did productivity soar, thus leading to the first Thanksgiving. Harvey finished this historical parable with the words, "The communist experiment in America - as with all communist experiments, past, present, and future - was foredoomed to failure.

C. S. Lewis in "The Abolition of Man" defends and upholds the validity of science but warns that without the restraining, humanizing, and civilizing role of moral truth, science becomes a threat to freedom.  One of the most influential and widely quoted chapters from "The Abolition of Man" is titled "Men Without Chests." The premise of the section is a metaphor in which humans are three-part creatures - the head (intellect) on top, the stomach (appetites) at the bottom, and in between, the chest (the repository of faith, compassion, and character) mediating between and elevating the other two. It is a devastating critique of the two ascendant trends of our day - nihilistic hedonism on the one hand (stomach people) or atheistic rationalism on the other (head people).  Lewis observed that those who build a culture on intellect and appetite alone want the vital virtues of chest but categorically reject the moral codes and moral accountability necessary to create them. He wrote that the educators and leaders of such a time "make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful."

Our minds tell us, and history confirms, that the great treat to freedom is the concentration of power. ... Even though the men who wield this power initially be of good will and even though they be not corrupted by the power they exercise, the power will both attract and form men of a different stamp.  ~Milton Friedman "Capitalism and Freedom"

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.  ~Robert Jarvik

In forty hours I shall be in battle, with little information, and on the spur of the moment will have to make the most momentous decisions. But I believe that one's spirit enlarges with responsibility and that, with God's help, I shall make them, and make them right.  ~General George S. Patton

This is quite a game, politics. ... There are no permanent enemies, and no permanent friends. Only permanent interests.  William Clay

Hadn't the Pilgrims sailed, as they said in their "Mayflower Compact," "for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith"? Hadn't the first Congress declared, "Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education of education shall forever be encouraged"? Weren't the speeches of nearly all the presidents filled with Bible verses and references to faith? And hadn't a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court written as late as the 1950's, "We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being"?

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me . ... You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  ~Jesus of Nazareth

In war you can only be killed once. But in politics many times.  ~Winston Churchill

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Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington

Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from WashingtonFed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington by Rick Perry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bought this book to learn the views and beliefs of Rick Perry. He is very much in favor of states rights. He believes in a small federal government. He says the government that governs best is the one closet to the people which he means the local (city and county). I agree with much of what he states. However, in the debates I have watched he does not seem to be as passionate as he is in the book. It makes me wonder if someone else wrote the book for him. Newt Gingrich wrote the foreword and did an excellent job.

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Sons of Glory

Sons of Glory (The Thistle and the Cross, #3)Sons of Glory by Craig Parshall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was by far my favorite of the three books in "The Thistle and the Cross" series. A good portion of the book is the description, preparation, and trail of the Boston Massacre. The historical shooting of the British soldiers shooting the Boston citizens. The setting of the book begins February 22, 1770 in Boston, Massachusetts. The  descendants of the Mackenzies in the other two books play a prominent part in this book.  I did a little research using the internet and it appears most of the information about the account and trail of the Boston Massacre is accurate. The main lawyer for the British was John Adams. Of course, this made him very unpopular with the people of Boston. It is very interesting to see how Adams stood up for the truth even when the truth was not popular but he still when on to become one of our nations Presidents.  I love to read court scenes and the preparation of the lawyers and this book provides a lot of those scenes. You may know but one of the authors, Craig Parshall is a lawyer.

If you enjoy learning about American history or just enjoy a good historical novel then you will enjoy this one. This book could stand alone in the series but it is best to read the other two first. Just one quote from this book:

Pray that God will use us for His greater purposes. And try with all my might to see that the truth is put bon trail, rather than the raw emotions of this confused city. That's all we can do. And when we have done all, then we must leave the rest up to the Lord of Hosts.

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The Harbinger: The ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future

The Harbinger: The ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's futureThe Harbinger: The ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future by Jonathan Cahn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jonathan Chan over-all premise is correct. God's blessings are not longer on America. However, I do not buy the detailed account of Isaiah 9:10 applying to the current situation and historical founding of our nation. The book is interesting to read. If you enjoy novels and are a student of American history you will enjoy this book. It is basically a dialogue between two men and then one of the men relaying the conversation to a lady. The following quotes from the book were informative to me. I trust you will enjoy reading them.

The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself hath ordained.  ~George Washington's First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

Redemption comes not only apart from calamity ... but also through it.

That which God designs, in smiting us, is to turn us to Himself and to set us seeking Him,; and, if this point be not gained by lesser judgments, greater may be expected ...  ~"Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible," vol. 4, Isiah to Malachi, 61

God's will is that none should perish. Judgment isn't His desire ... but His necessity. The good must bring evil to an end, or else it would cease to be good. And yet His mercy is still greater then judgment. His heart always wills for redemption. And therein lies the hope.

What should concern us more [speaking of the repentance of the people of Nineveh] that judgment didn't happen as proclaimed or that thousands of lives were saved? You see, the one who wills for judgment is man, not God. The heart of God wills for salvation. Greater than His judgments are His compassions.

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The Family

The Family
Braves Game 2012