Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Faith of Barack Obama

You can pre-order The Faith of Barack Obama before it gets to the book stores.

You'd have to live in a cave to have avoided hearing about Barack Obama's woes as he deals with the crises arising from the close mentor relationship he had with the senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. How, people ask, could Sen. Obama represent as president people of all races, when he attended for 20 years a church permeated by a defining, if understandable, spirit of anger toward white America? There is, however, much more to the senator's faith than this one issue. As early as 2004, as he delivered a powerful speech to the Democratic National Convention in Boston, he was taking a stand for his faith: "We worship an awesome God in the Blue States." In The Faith of Barack Obama, Stephen Mansfield explores Obama's religious faith without political or ideological bias. His basic premise is this: If a man's faith is sincere, then it is the most important thing about him. As a result, it is impossible to understand how Barack Obama will lead without first understanding the religious vision that informs his life.

12 Jun 2008 13:00 Africa/Lagos

Thomas Nelson To Release The Faith of Barack Obama

WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Senator Barack Obama's faith and the larger subject of the role of faith in politics will almost assuredly become an issue in the general election.

In the wake of the Rev. Wright scandal, there is confusion over exactly what Senator Obama believes and perhaps more importantly, how those beliefs would shape his policies as president of the United States.

In The Faith of Barack Obama (Thomas Nelson, August 2008), Best-selling author Stephen Mansfield explores Obama's religious faith without political or ideological bias.

Mansfield skillfully takes readers along Barack Obama's unusual religious walk, ultimately concluding that Barack Obama is unapologetically Christian and unapologetically liberal.

The Faith of Barack Obama is a prism through which one can understand not only what is happening religiously in politics but in society as a whole. Readers will learn of Barack Obama:

-- How he plans to infuse his faith into public policy
-- What led to his skepticism of religion
-- Why he had quarrels with God
-- What ultimately brought him to faith
-- Why he has become a man comfortable with confession

"You must read this perceptive and well written book. Then you will know why Barack Obama has such a passion for justice and equity, such a gift for filling people of different generations with a newfound hope that things can and will change for the better. His inspiration comes from his faith; he is an ardent believer. Yes, he is a Christian and proud of it."


Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times bestselling author of The Faith Of George W. Bush, The Faith of the American Soldier, Then Darkness Fled: The Liberating Wisdom of Booker T. Washington, and Never Give in: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill, among other works of history and biography. He was born in 1958 and grew up largely in Europe due to his father's work as an intelligence officer in the United States Army. He is becoming one of the nation's most sought after commentators and lecturers on matters of faith and American culture.



-- Barack Obama's unusual faith walk
-- Getting past The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. controversy
-- The dissolving influence of the Religious Right
-- How Barack's own words give us a glimpse into his spirituality and
how he governs
-- The role of faith in government
-- Why is faith in the forefront of the 2008 presidential election?
-- The differences between how John McCain's faith is perceived vs.
-- Barack Obama is what America is becoming

Source: Thomas Nelson

CONTACT: Curt Harding, Senior Publicist, +1-615-902-2246,

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