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Overview With unforgettable accounts paired with the dark side of America's legacy--racism, slavery, injustice--the bestselling authors of the Jesus Freaks line encourage a new generation to seek God's face to avoid repeating sins of the past and take their stand for America's future.
Sixty American heroes and stories are featured including Rosa Parks, George Washington, Frederick Douglass, Abigail Adams, Squanto, Noah Webster and Jackie Robinson.
Publishers Description In the same uncompromising style of Jesus Freaks, bestselling authors Michael Tait and TobyMac of dc Talk now urge readers to take their stand for America's future--by examining our past. Using unforgettable accounts of both famous and little-known Americans, Under God examines the stories of men and women who forged our nation. Against these, they pair the dark side of America's legacy--racism, slavery, injustice--in order that a new generation might seek God's face and avoid repeating sins of the past. The authors draw on the resources of WallBuilders, a national organization that distributes historical, legal, and statistical information and helps citizens become active in their communities.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.15" Weight: 1.27 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764200089 ISBN13 9780764200083
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More About Toby Mac, Michael Tait & Wallbuilders
Four-time Grammy Award winners Toby Mac and Michael Tait, of dc Talk, are leaders in the pursuit of melding music with provocative questions of faith. They have received numerous awards, earned double-platinum albums, are strong-selling solo artists (together they have sold more than 7 million albums), and have released five books in the JESUS FREAKS series that have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Wallbuilders, founded by David Barton, is a national organization that distributes historical, legal, and statistical information and helps citizens become active in their communities.
Toby Mac currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee.
Reviews - What do customers think about Under God?
An Abomination Feb 6, 2007
With everything in me, I had to keep from screaming when I read this book. To be so infatuated with "Jesus Freaks" and martyrs, Toby Mac and Michael Tate have deliberately ignored the passages in Romans 13 that specifically tell Christians to not rebel against their governments. They actually suggest at one point that Jesus would have picked up a weapon and joined the fight if he had been here at the time of the revolution. This is the abomination of abominations. Jesus told his disciples to sheath their swords. He would have never condoned a revolution for any reason.....especially for some farmers and merchants who were ticked off that their taxes were too high. Why didn't the disciples declare war against the Roman government? I mean, they were being treated much worse than the American colonists. Maybe it's because they cared about following Jesus and not leading a physical rebellion against Caesar. Your taxes go to Caesar, and your life belongs to Christ. May the Church begin to ponder these issues and study the commands of their Savior because the end is near. Toby and Michael, I will be praying that you learn of your blasphemy and repent of the wicked false gospel that you have poured out on so many young people. What a wretched shame that you have deceived them into believing that there are times when we should ignore the commands of the Bible. Start following Jesus!
"Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9
"Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves." Romans 13:2
"My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting that I might not be delivered up to the Jews." John 18:36
"The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as Jesus walked." I John 2:6
So - so Jan 18, 2007
Great format and great idea, but put together and written with very little proof-reading by anyone with a college education. The vignettes remind me of high-school reports. Too bad that the civil rights theme is laid on the reader so heavily, as if to inspire us with tremendous guilt for the slavery issue. It's the same drone that the American Indians like to try to put on the American white man..."Don't you feel guilty for what your ancestors did to mine?" The answer is "No, I don't." If I did, then I'd ask the same question of them, for their ancestors' slaughter of my ancestors. Should I feel guilty for my grandfather's abandoning his family in the Tennessee wilderness and running off with another woman? Answer...NO.
Inspirational May 27, 2006
Toby Mac and Michael Tait have compiled a superb collection of short stories featuring a wide variety of people.
The people depicted vary widely in their fame and life circumstances. The unifying theme is the role that God played in their lives and in the life of our nation.
An amazing story about George Washington starts off the book. Although I had read about this particular event before, it is one that is spine tingling even in a repeat reading. The role that God played in the founding events of our nation is truly inspiring.
There are numerous well known Americans featured in the book including John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Also included are several people that are not well known or even unknown to most people. Some of these include: CJ Miller, Phillis Wheatley, and John Perkins.
Many of the accounts are related to slavery and the civil rights movement and the way that downtrodden people overcame their circumstances by leaning on God.
Though not intended to be a scholarly review of US history, it does include numerous historical events from a spiritual perspective. It is very inspirational and well worth reading.
Great Resource Sep 2, 2005
This is the best book for ready reference for thoughts from our Founders and other Christians who made significant contributions to our country.
Deceptive Aug 3, 2005
I am an evangelical Christian. However this book is not doing us a favor. Here we have an example of 2 guys who know nothing about history attempting to write a book and their work shows their level of education. The bibliography is missing some very credible sources. There are claims made in the book and quotes with no citation at all. When you write a book you have to link your quotes to a source. Many of the descriptions of some of the events are flat out incorrect and I would love to know where they got their info from but I will never know because they don't use proper citation and I'm not about to read 300 books to figure it out myself. If you want to really learn about history read it from an author who uses the actual written words of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, etc, like Gordon Wood, Joe Ellis, or David McCullough. There are thousands upon thousands of papers that can be accessed that are the original words of our founding fathers, ie: The Washington Papers at UVA. Read them and draw your own conclusions but Under God is a complete fabrication of historical events. Most of the founding fathers were in fact "religous" and not Evangelical Christians. Some of them were dedicated followers of Christ but back then church was more of a social gathering compared to what it is today. I don't doubt the prayers and quoting of scripture by these historical figures, but it's how the events are described and certain claims that are made that I have a problem with. Many of our founding fathers that quoted scripture, believed in prayers, and did things in "God's name" certainly didn't back it up with their actions, ie: Jefferson's affair with one of his slaves, Franklin's numerous affairs in France, etc, etc. Most Christians are very naive about history and really think that all the founding fathers were these die hard, Bible thumping, evangelicals, that is far from true. I guess you could say a little religion is better than none as many people today don't even believe in God but don't take one quote by a guy like Franklin or Jefferson and turn them into Billy Graham.