Item description for Light And The Glory (Gods Plan For America V1) by Peter Marshall & David Manuel...
Overview Did Columbus believe that God called him west to undiscovered lands? Does American democracy owe its inception to the handful of Pilgrims that settled at Plymouth? If, indeed, there was a specific, divine call upon this nation, is it still valid today?
Publishers Description Did Columbus believe that God called him west to undiscovered lands? Does American democracy owe its inception to the handful of Pilgrims that settled at Plymouth? If, indeed, there was a specific, divine call upon this nation, is it still valid today? "The Light and the Glory" answers these questions and many more for history buffs. As readers look at their nation's history from God's point of view, they will begin to have an idea of how much we owe to a very few--and how much is still at stake. Now revised and expanded for the first time in more than thirty years, "The Light and the Glory" is poised to show new readers just how special their country is.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.98" Height: 1.31" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series Gods Plan For America
ISBN 0800732715 ISBN13 9780800732714
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More About Peter Marshall & David Manuel
Peter Marshall was born and raised in the Orkney Islands, and educated at Oxford University. Since 1994, he has taught at the University of Warwick, and has been Professor of History there since 2006. He is a specialist in the history of the Reformation, particularly its impact in the British Isles, and has written seven books and over fifty articles around these themes. He is a winner of the Harold J. Grimm Prize for best article in Reformation History. An editorial board member of Sixteenth Century Journal, he is a co-editor of English Historical Review. He also appears regularly on TV and radio to discuss the Reformation and history of religion, and is a frequent reviewer for a range of periodicals, including the Times Literary Supplement, Literary Review, and The Tablet. He is married with three daughters, and lives in Leamington Spa.
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Documented history before your eyes Dec 25, 2009
This book provides documentation and reference to our founding fathers' faith and the intent of original settlers (Pilgrims and Puritans). It is an outstanding source that reveals the truth of American history that has been deliberately ignored and revised by those opposed to any Christian influence in the fabric of our society. I strongly recommend the book to any seeking knowledge of our nation's founding. I use it as a source as I teach American history and our beginnings.
Excellent book Dec 23, 2009
Well-written and thoroughly documented. The authors' Christian worldview is not only admitted but is presented as the reason for researching and writing this book. The negative actions of people like Columbus are discussed as well as the positive ones. There is no attempt to skew the historical report, but since the authors are Christians who believe in the Bible, their book naturally reflects their desire to find information relevant to Christianity, much of which information has not been available to the average reader.
History that comes alive Dec 12, 2009
Marshall's "The Light & the Glory" is simply the best book on American History that I have ever read. All high school students should be required to read this book. I can hardly wait to read the two following books.
Divine Providence Nov 26, 2009
While there are many things labeled "Christian" that are clearly not, there also are things that are extremely "Christian" that have been spared the label. We all know someone who "is the nicest person we know" that do not label themselves, nor proclaim Christianity. Yet that person most likely exudes more true Christian character than most of the people who occupy the pews at your closest church. So, as we all know, the label means absolutely nothing.
If one would chance to read this book, all the way through, noting the quality of the first hand evidence, as well as discarding all conjecture, you can clearly see that it becomes a far greater task to take the "Christian" out of the founding of this country, than to show the thread of Divine Providence that continued to weave the existence of America. This even despite the clear and repeated attempts by the enemy to side track the operation. There are far too many so called coincidences, that one needs to over look or ignore, that are a firmly documented part of this nation's history.
A little more common sense used with some deductive reasoning, instead of preconceived notions, will lead to a few obvious conclusions. God gave man dominion over all of creation. He clearly expected him to interact with that creation. The history of the world, before Christ, was slavery and tyranny. Christ came to set us free, give us life and life to the full. While man has spent the last 2000+ years attempting to follow in the steps of Jesus, many mistakes have been made. But, far more good has been accomplished. The light of the Gospel has been advanced and evil has been retarded where it has been confronted. We are clearly winding up to the conclusion of the coming Kingdom of God, here on earth as it is in heaven. (Please see any of the writings of N.T. Wright, New Testament Theologian, Scholar, and Bishop of Durham)
The question then becomes, while man is here on earth, attempting to follow the path of Jesus, does God/Christ expect "Freedom" to be part of the equation? Is it a necessary event that happened at just the right time in history, by just the right set of people, all for a specific set of reasons? OR, was freedom just a happenstance by product of greedy people groups of the 15th & 16th centuries seeking personal gain?
Only one of those scenarios is a logical conclusion. We, as Christians, living under Freedom, have the harder task. We acknowledge past mistakes (individual & country), we seek forgiveness, we make amends where we can, we follow Jesus first. We confront evil (physical & spiritual) when we need to. We seek justice in all things. We do our best not to allow the enemy to side track us with the trappings provided by the very freedom we enjoy. If we have failed to stay focused on the spread of the Kingdom of God, we must repent and refocus.
We do not allow guilt to overcome us and let the gift of freedom slip away. Man being free is the point. To think that our God would choose less than that for his creation is just absurd. Freedom should not be forced upon any individual or country, but it should be maintained by those it has been entrusted to. As the Pilgrims thought and 180 years later our nations Founding Fathers thought, defending the freedom given to you by God, is obedience to the same.
We are not Christians because we live in a Christian nation, nor because our fore fathers were Christians. We are a Christian nation because as Christians we defend the ideals of freedom. Those ideals have their very roots within the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Freedom is the culmination (in our physical world) of the work Christ preformed on Calvary.
America just happened to be chosen and set aside by God to be the bearer of those ideals. We have the awesome responsibility to provide the one and only example in all of history, of Freedom, to the rest of the world. To the extent that we have failed to live up to that responsibility, in how we choose to display the advantages of freedom, you will find a proportionate distance has been traveled away from the original intent for our nation, as miraculously laid out by our Founding Fathers. The farther we have strayed from the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, the more we have discredited ourselves in the eyes of the rest of the world.
Those documents not only spell out the best way to use, uphold and protect the freedom which was given to us (America), but they also acknowledge the God who gave it to us as well! We seem to have traveled along way from that part as well!
Read the book it is an excellent read. If it is as convoluted as some have said, you'll know it. No harm done, it is a great story either way. God is a good story teller, whether you believe it to be fiction or not.
Preaching to the choir Nov 10, 2009
This book is advertised as history with a Christian base which is intended to show how God works through individuals in history to create the United States we have today. I thought this would be a great resource to put to rest the argument between Christian's and atheists on the foundation of the country. Unfortunately it turns out the thesis is not well supported if supported at all. The authors ignore negative events or actions such as Columbus' abuse of the Native Americans, the forced conversion of the Native Americans by the Spanish and the Puritans. They instead concentrate on the positive, owing all success to the faith of the actor. While Christians will agree to this, it is preaching to the choir. There is very little hard evidence or argument which convinces the reader that America owes it inception and early progress to God. A missed opportunity of a thesis because of weak research, using previously published books instead of primary source documents. Could have been better, couldn't get much worse.