Monday, February 21, 2011
Miracles of the American Revolution
God and Country press, 2010
Non-fiction; Christian; History
Source: Received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Summary: Spivey makes the argument that God has had an intimate hand in the history of the United States, specifically to make America an independent country and prepare it for future greatness.
Part of his argument seemed to be that because the Founders believed that God was causing the so-called miraculous events, then that means He was. That's not an argument that I agree with. The other part is that events that could have ended one way ended in the specific way they did because of God. The British choosing not to pursue, the Americans not being defeated right away, the Americans losing, were all part of God's plan to create the nation of the United States of America to provide a different
I also liked the brief biographies of the important men on each side. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and George Washington are the obvious ones included but so is John Witherspoon, notable preacher and influencer of Madison. I felt his inclusion was less justified. Also receiving brief biographies are the main men on the side of the British, which I appreciated because I didn't really learn their names beyond King George III in school.
His overall point is that the greatness of America stems from its freedom of religion. God offers everyone the opportunity to come to Him and perhaps He is bringing about a spiritual revival during these difficult times.
Overall: I'm still skeptical.
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