Literary Fangirl (learningtoread) wrote,
Literary Fangirl

Review: The Faith of Barack Obama by Stephen Mansfield

So, the sad truth is that even though I'm keeping up with my book-reading plan for 2008, I've been terrible at posting reviews. But Thomas Nelson requested reviews of a newly released book, so here's mine. Let me start of by saying that this was an awesome (and quick, at just around 150 pages) book.

In The Faith of Barack Obama, author Steven Mansfield begins by exploring the beliefs and backgrounds of Obama's family. Mansfield concisely takes his readers through the senator's religious journey, with a reminder that Obama's story is far from over--something Obama readily admits to.

Mansfield casts a candid eye across America and its faith as well. While media proclaims faith shouldn't matter in politics, the country disagrees: no voter wants to elect a president who refuses to represent their values. Of course, the difficulty lies in finding a single man to personify a nation so segregated.

Perhaps even more important than Obama's religious ambiguities is book's examination of the similar vagueness and pluralism settling into the Christian church of America. With postmodern movements taking root in our country, Obama has reached out to a socially sympathetic Christian generation. "Those of us on the political Left . . . we also love God." p. xv

The Faith of Barack Obama offers fair, solicitous views of the nation, its leaders, and its future. Definitely a must-read during the remainder of this significant political season. To order a copy of your own--and I highly recommend you do-- click here.

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