STYLE: Bible Studies and Daily Readings RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 31971-BOK82 LABEL: FORMAT: Book General book RELEASE DATE: 2005-10-01 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Miriam Ryan
Written by dc Talk's Michael Tait and Toby Mac this is written with the same purpose as their previously published Jesus Freaks, to inspire young Christians to live life with God as the centre and be unashamed of their faith in a world filled with compromise and political correctness. This is a book packed with stories of a nation's triumphs and troubles through the generations. Using the signing of The Declaration Of Independence as the starting point it jumps back and forth through history exploring the role of God in the shaping of the American nation. Both well known and relatively unknown historical figures' lives such as George Washington, Benjamin Rush and Rosa Parks are used to portray the hand and will of God in events throughout US history. Structurally though, this is not a book that seems to follow any real pattern. It jumps around from one century to the next and then back again so it is often hard to remember where you are. If you are a flag waving American, this book might remind you of the Christian heritage of your nation. Yet despite the fact that there are plenty of universal spiritual truths found here, the English reader may find some of the material just a little too much American apple pie to stomach.
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Building from the stories in Under God, each of the 60 four-page readings opens with Scripture and then presents a theme-including justice, mercy, and sacrifice, among others-illustrated in the lives and events of our country's past. Excerpts from Under God are married with deeper biblical exploration of these virtues, followed by tips on how they can be put into action in young people's lives today. Questions for further study and discussion starters facilitate the use of Living Under God in group settings.