Monday, August 15, 2011

God's Promises

Hi there!  I'm back with another book review, plus a few Independence Day celebration greeting cards.  I realize it's not the 4th of July, but they are so perfect to go along with this book.

“God’s Promises for the American Patriot,” by Dr. Richard G. Lee and Jack Countryman, is the book I’m reviewing today. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed when I unwrapped the package and opened the book. I expected the book to be larger and to be a regular non-fiction book. What I found is that it is laid out in two-page sections: the first page of the section contains American history in the way of an incident, speech, excerpts of essays, or quotes from the lives of great American, patriotic believers; and the opposite page lists corresponding scripture.
However, my disappointment quickly turned to absolute delight once I began to read. The more I read, the more my patriotic pride and love for my country was lifted to a new height. Not to say that I didn’t already have a sufficient amount, but reading about these great men who contributed so much to the founding and building of a God-fearing nation was very inspiring. And, it clearly shows how important God and the Bible were to these men. Unfortunately in this age, there are those who constantly chip away at what made, and makes, our nation great. After reading this book, you will have no doubt that our country was founded on Godly principles.  Besides being uplifted by the contents, I also learned some important history.  The following is a portion of George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation, "Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me 'to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God' . . . Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficient Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.'"  How wonderful is that!  The pilgrims and the Indians may have had the first Thanksgiving dinner, but George Washington initiated Thanksgiving Day.

Although this book could be used as a daily devotional, I find it to be more of a book for meditation and inspiration. It is a book that could be read in one sitting or one you could pick up for a short read.  Beautifully bound and designed, with a different picture on each page, it is one you will want on your bookshelf. It would also make a great gift for someone who loves history.

(I received this complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson Publishing through their BookSneeze program. A positive review was not required and the opinion expressed here is my own.)

Does red, white and blue make your heart flutter like it does mine!  So my cards are pretty traditional.

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Background made from postage stamps.

Hero Arts Stamps.
Background made using Shaving Cream technique
Wishing you a wonderful week.  Check back soon, or sign up for automatic updates.  Many blessings, Annie