Why Obama’s Faith Matters

Today is the official pub date for The Faith of Barack Obama by Stephen Mansfield. I am very excited about its publication. Of all the books about Obama that have been or will be published, this is the only one I know of that deals exclusively with his faith.

Note: If you are a blogger and want a copy of this book to review, please send an email to Lindsey Nobles, our Director of Corporate Communications. She will send you a free copy of the book in exchange for your promise to blog about it. We don’t care if your review is positive, negative, or somewhere in between, so long as you write at least a 200-word review of the book. This offer is limited to the first 100 bloggers who respond. Update: By popular demand: we are extending this to the first 200 bloggers.

Two years ago, virtually no one outside of the state of Illinois had heard of him. Today, he is a household name, not only in America but around the world. Millions find him to be an inspirational and articulate leader—just what we need at this moment in history. Others find him calculating and dangerous—the same old liberalism in a different package.But love him or hate him, Obama is a force to be reckoned with. He is not going away any time soon, even if he’s not elected this time around. As Mansfield points out, he could run for the presidency as often as he likes over the next 24 years and still be younger than John McCain is today.

And at the center of his identity is his religious faith. As Mansfield himself says, “If a man’s faith is sincere, it is the most important thing about him, and it is impossible to understand who he is and how he will lead without first understanding the religious vision that informs his life.” Obama makes no bones about it: his faith informs every aspect of his political vision.

This is a slim book with a big agenda: to explain Obama’s faith, to put it in historical context, and to explore what it might mean for our collective future.

Here are five reasons why I think The Faith of Barack Obama is important:

  1. The book explains Obama’s drive and vision for America. As the CEO of a Christian publishing company, I am fascinated by the fact that Obama’s religious faith is at the center of who he is. Believed by supporters or disputed by detractors, it seems clear to me that Obama’s faith is the fuel of all that he has achieved and the source of his greatest challenges in his pursuit of the presidency.

    Obama is the first liberal presidential candidate in a generation to speak openly about his Christian faith. Is that faith sincere? I have been surprised by the adamant opinions of people who have yet to read Mansfield’s book and stridently insist that Obama’s faith is a sham. Frankly, I don’t think it is helpful to dismiss him so quickly. There is too much at stake not to dig deeper and attempt to understand what motivates him.

  2. The book counters many of the myths about Obama’s faith. Scores of these have circulated on the Internet. You’ve probably heard most of them: “Obama is a radical Muslim who will not recite the pledge of allegiance.” “Obama was sworn into office on the Quran.” “The Book of Revelation describes the anti-Christ as someone with characteristics matching those of Barack Obama.” The list goes on. The only thing these myths all have in common is that they are false.

    It is true that Obama was raised in a non-Christian home, under the influence of an agnostic mother and a Muslim father. Mansfield explores how that shaped Obama and continues to influence his religious vision. But he also describes Obama’s remarkable conversion to Christianity after working in Chicago’s inner city and how even today he describes himself as “a follower of Jesus Christ.”

  3. The book explores the difficult aspects of Obama’s faith. Mansfield discusses Obama’s membership at the controversial Trinity United Church of Christ under the pulpit of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. He even reports first-hand from the church, after sitting through a Sunday morning service and then interacting with the parishioners. In doing so, he provides a broader faith context than you get from the endless loops of media sound bites.

    Probably the biggest objection traditional evangelicals have to Obama is his support of abortion rights. Many evangelicals, including some well-known authors, have told me that this is the only thing that is keeping them from voting for Obama in November. Mansfield deals with this issue head-on and explores the rationale for Obama’s position.

  4. The book provides a window into contemporary Christian culture. Mansfield contends that Obama’s popularity represents a fundamental shift in the religious landscape. For the first time since Jimmy Carter, many younger evangelicals (and even a few older ones) are embracing an agenda that is religiously conservative and politically liberal.

    In this new, post-religious right environment, these evangelicals feel no obligation to vote Republican. In fact, they see it as their Christian duty to vote against a party they believe has pilfered the economy, savaged the environment, and propagated a needless and costly war.

    Whatever one’s take on Obama himself, his message clearly resonates with these voters. And if you want to understand what’s going on culturally and politically in America today, Obama’s life and faith serve as an important vantage point.

  5. The book provides a new model for public discourse. This is probably the thing I personally enjoyed the most about the book. When I was a young boy, my grandmother loved to watch professional wrestling. We used to laugh at her, knowing that the wrestlers were merely performers entertaining an audience.

    But since the late 1980s, we have had to endure a form of “intellectual mud wrestling.” Pundits have sensationalized the issues and polarized the American public—all in the name of building a larger audience for themselves and their advertisers. Something is dreadfully wrong, and I, for one, am tired of it.

    Mansfield takes the admonition of the Apostle James seriously: “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (1:19-20).

    In my view, we need more listening and less talking. We need to understand our opponents point-of-view before we start criticizing it. And most of all, we need to treat everyone with respect and dignity, even those with whom we violently disagree on the issues. Mansfield models that in a way that I find very compelling.

Mansfield, who also wrote the New York Times bestseller, The Faith of George W. Bush, states clearly that he does not intend to vote for Obama. Nevertheless, he believes it is crucial we understand the faith that drives the man who may be the next president of the United States. Unless we do so, we may very well find ourselves fighting yesterday’s battles and missing the opportunity to have a richer dialog about what it means to practice our faith in the public square.

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  • http://www.colleencoble.com/ Colleen Coble

    Thought provoking post, Mike! I'm going to read the book.

  • http://www.cameronconant.blogspot.com/ Cameron Conant

    Mike—I'm writing a feature story for a magazine about the spiritual faith of Obama and McCain and recently interviewed Stephen Mansfield about the book. What great timing for an in-depth look at Obama's faith. I'm looking forward to reading it. I'm also glad to see that you're reading "Everything Belongs" by Richard Rohr. It's one of my all time favorites and a book I recommend to nearly everyone.

    Cameron

  • http://www.cameronconant.blogspot.com Cameron Conant

    Mike—I’m writing a feature story for a magazine about the spiritual faith of Obama and McCain and recently interviewed Stephen Mansfield about the book. What great timing for an in-depth look at Obama’s faith. I’m looking forward to reading it. I’m also glad to see that you’re reading “Everything Belongs” by Richard Rohr. It’s one of my all time favorites and a book I recommend to nearly everyone.

    Cameron

  • http://www.colleencoble.com Colleen Coble

    Thought provoking post, Mike! I’m going to read the book.

  • http://romej.com/ Steven Romej

    I think the email address you provided for bloggers is incorrect (it bounced for me anyway).

    Thanks!

  • http://romej.com Steven Romej

    I think the email address you provided for bloggers is incorrect (it bounced for me anyway).

    Thanks!

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Steven: Yes, some are having trouble with Lindsey's email address. It is lnobles at thomasnelson dot com. (We're trying to avoid the spam bots!)

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Steven: Yes, some are having trouble with Lindsey’s email address. It is lnobles at thomasnelson dot com. (We’re trying to avoid the spam bots!)

  • http://www.jasonbradford.com/ Jason

    I'm looking forward to reading this book and I pray that most will keep an open mind to the content. It's easy to have preconceived ideas about Obama and his "agenda" based on the amount of media coverage.

    Love him or hate him… it's important to understand him.

    Thanks for putting this out…

  • http://www.jasonbradford.com Jason

    I’m looking forward to reading this book and I pray that most will keep an open mind to the content. It’s easy to have preconceived ideas about Obama and his “agenda” based on the amount of media coverage.

    Love him or hate him… it’s important to understand him.

    Thanks for putting this out…

  • Matt Anderson

    Barak is the junior sentator here in Illinois. I honestly don't know enough about him. He was barely challenged in his election by Alan Keyes and has been a very quiet senator since arriving in Washington. That is, until he announced his intention to run for President.
    I look forward to the book.

  • Matt Anderson

    Barak is the junior sentator here in Illinois. I honestly don’t know enough about him. He was barely challenged in his election by Alan Keyes and has been a very quiet senator since arriving in Washington. That is, until he announced his intention to run for President.
    I look forward to the book.

  • http://alwayswintertime.blogspot.com/ Scott

    Good thoughts, Mike.

    I am on a small personal quest right now to question much of what I have learned about "faith". Not in a bad sense, but I feel my years of living in a fundamental bubble have blinded me to the fact that there are many Christians out there that don't fit the "Bob Jones" mold.

    Most of Thomas Nelson's audience automatically dismisses Obama as a man of faith simply because his views on certain parts of Christianity don't match theirs. But isn't Christianity about gathering around the saving work of Christ on the cross, and not about issues? I'm not discounting the importance of the issues, but I find it interesting that people will mindlessly write off the man because his views don’t line up 1:1 with theirs.

    I’m just glad that my every word and deed isn’t on display so that perfect strangers can bash me when I don’t live up to their ideal of a perfect Christian.

  • http://alwayswintertime.blogspot.com Scott

    Good thoughts, Mike.

    I am on a small personal quest right now to question much of what I have learned about “faith”. Not in a bad sense, but I feel my years of living in a fundamental bubble have blinded me to the fact that there are many Christians out there that don’t fit the “Bob Jones” mold.

    Most of Thomas Nelson’s audience automatically dismisses Obama as a man of faith simply because his views on certain parts of Christianity don’t match theirs. But isn’t Christianity about gathering around the saving work of Christ on the cross, and not about issues? I’m not discounting the importance of the issues, but I find it interesting that people will mindlessly write off the man because his views don’t line up 1:1 with theirs.

    I’m just glad that my every word and deed isn’t on display so that perfect strangers can bash me when I don’t live up to their ideal of a perfect Christian.

  • http://www.EvaMarieEverson.com/ Eva Marie Everson

    I'm glad I read this. Lately I've been under the conviction to read more of the things I need to know that I think I know I am not in favor of. (That might not make sense if you read it too quickly.) In other words: Before slamming a man's faith, read something that intellectually explores his faith. Before saying, "I would never read that book" and then having someone ask WHY, actually READ the book and then, if I still cannot endorse it, explain with some level of intellect.

    I'm more open to reading the book now than before.

  • http://www.EvaMarieEverson.com Eva Marie Everson

    I’m glad I read this. Lately I’ve been under the conviction to read more of the things I need to know that I think I know I am not in favor of. (That might not make sense if you read it too quickly.) In other words: Before slamming a man’s faith, read something that intellectually explores his faith. Before saying, “I would never read that book” and then having someone ask WHY, actually READ the book and then, if I still cannot endorse it, explain with some level of intellect.

    I’m more open to reading the book now than before.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Eva: Great attitude. That's all we are asking. Thanks.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Eva: Great attitude. That’s all we are asking. Thanks.

  • http://youthmaster.blogspot.org/ Marvin Nelson

    Mike,
    I will read the book and give a 200 word review!!! Am I in the first 100 bloggers?

  • http://youthmaster.blogspot.org Marvin Nelson

    Mike,
    I will read the book and give a 200 word review!!! Am I in the first 100 bloggers?

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Marvin: You have to email Lindsey (see the second paragraph of my blog post). She is keeping track of the number.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Marvin: You have to email Lindsey (see the second paragraph of my blog post). She is keeping track of the number.

  • http://youthmaster.blogspot.com/ Marvin Nelson

    I am extremely excited about reading this book. I am a person in support of Obama and desire to get the truth about him from a christian stand point rather than the silly lies the evangelicals have been spilling..

  • http://youthmaster.blogspot.com Marvin Nelson

    I am extremely excited about reading this book. I am a person in support of Obama and desire to get the truth about him from a christian stand point rather than the silly lies the evangelicals have been spilling..

  • http://michaelcarnell.palmettobug.com/ Michael Carnell

    Very, very interesting. I have requested a review copy and will be happy to talk about it on my blog, Amazon and BN.

    I am very attracked to Obama because of his faith and his liberalism. As a Unitarian, I want their to be a free and open discussion of faith. It is important both that we have it and that we don't force our version on others.

  • http://michaelcarnell.palmettobug.com Michael Carnell

    Very, very interesting. I have requested a review copy and will be happy to talk about it on my blog, Amazon and BN.

    I am very attracked to Obama because of his faith and his liberalism. As a Unitarian, I want their to be a free and open discussion of faith. It is important both that we have it and that we don’t force our version on others.

  • http://www.cyndysalzmann.com/ Cyndy Salzmann

    Personally, I don't question Obama's faith. In fact, it took much maturing in my personal faith before I placed the "sanctity of life" as the top reason for choosing a candidate.

    This year, I am terribly torn about casting my vote for a brother in Christ (which I believe Obama is) or for a man who is openly hostile to people of faith but has pledged to protect the sanctity of life.

    I am still wondering why Christians didn't rally around Governor Huckabee.

  • http://www.cyndysalzmann.com Cyndy Salzmann

    Personally, I don’t question Obama’s faith. In fact, it took much maturing in my personal faith before I placed the “sanctity of life” as the top reason for choosing a candidate.

    This year, I am terribly torn about casting my vote for a brother in Christ (which I believe Obama is) or for a man who is openly hostile to people of faith but has pledged to protect the sanctity of life.

    I am still wondering why Christians didn’t rally around Governor Huckabee.

  • http://gavinknight.com/ Gavin Knight

    Michael.

    I am a christian blogger from New Zealand, and would love the opportunity to review "The Faith of Barack Obama". I have emailed Lindsey accordingly – hope the email address works for me!

    Doing so interests me because it would bring together many of the interests that I blog on – christianity, politics, leadership, social justice, public speaking, etc.

    While I will understand if you prefer reviews from US bloggers, I think there is value in having this book reviewed for an international audience too.

  • http://gavinknight.com Gavin Knight

    Michael.

    I am a christian blogger from New Zealand, and would love the opportunity to review “The Faith of Barack Obama”. I have emailed Lindsey accordingly – hope the email address works for me!

    Doing so interests me because it would bring together many of the interests that I blog on – christianity, politics, leadership, social justice, public speaking, etc.

    While I will understand if you prefer reviews from US bloggers, I think there is value in having this book reviewed for an international audience too.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Gavin: Yes, we want to reach an international audience.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Gavin: Yes, we want to reach an international audience.

  • http://gavinknight.com/ Gavin Knight

    Lindsey has replied to say a copy is on its way, thanks

  • http://gavinknight.com Gavin Knight

    Lindsey has replied to say a copy is on its way, thanks

  • http://www.family-4-family.com/ Susan K. Stewart

    It is refreshing to read your blog. I'm looking forward to reading the book. We are now living in a sound bite world that doesn't delve into facts. I have friends who are very liberal and very Christian. These are not mutually exclusive. Thank you for taking a step outside the perceived Christian viewpoint to get this information to the public. Thinking people of all stripes will consider the material before making a decision.

  • http://www.family-4-family.com Susan K. Stewart

    It is refreshing to read your blog. I’m looking forward to reading the book. We are now living in a sound bite world that doesn’t delve into facts. I have friends who are very liberal and very Christian. These are not mutually exclusive. Thank you for taking a step outside the perceived Christian viewpoint to get this information to the public. Thinking people of all stripes will consider the material before making a decision.

  • Greg Thomas

    Faith? What faith? Obama supports unrestricted abortion.

    The only conclusion I can draw from this is that Thomas Nelson will now do anything if it will make them a buck.

    The blood of fifty million unborn American children stains the hands of the Democratic party. Don't worry about justifying your vote to me, plan on justifying it to Jesus Christ and the souls of the unborn who now reside with him.

  • Greg Thomas

    Faith? What faith? Obama supports unrestricted abortion.

    The only conclusion I can draw from this is that Thomas Nelson will now do anything if it will make them a buck.

    The blood of fifty million unborn American children stains the hands of the Democratic party. Don’t worry about justifying your vote to me, plan on justifying it to Jesus Christ and the souls of the unborn who now reside with him.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Greg: You completely missed the point of my post and the book. As I stated, this is precisely what is wrong with the current state of public discourse. We are so busy screaming at one another that we don't listen.

    I am pro-life because I believe that man is made in the image of God. If that is true, it requires that I respect that image, not only in the unborn, but in people I disagree with. You can't have it both ways.

    We (Thomas Nelson) are not advocating for or against Obama. We are attempting to promote understanding. No one is justifying anything—at least not in this book.

    I find it fascinating that you would jump to that conclusion and make such rash accusations, especially since you have not even read the book.

    Proverbs 18:13 says, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.”

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Greg: You completely missed the point of my post and the book. As I stated, this is precisely what is wrong with the current state of public discourse. We are so busy screaming at one another that we don’t listen.

    I am pro-life because I believe that man is made in the image of God. If that is true, it requires that I respect that image, not only in the unborn, but in people I disagree with. You can’t have it both ways.

    We (Thomas Nelson) are not advocating for or against Obama. We are attempting to promote understanding. No one is justifying anything—at least not in this book.

    I find it fascinating that you would jump to that conclusion and make such rash accusations, especially since you have not even read the book.

    Proverbs 18:13 says, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.”

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  • http://mzunguinmaking.blogspot.com/ Debbie Barnett

    Thanks for the above response to Greg, Michael. It was straight forward and fair.

    I've email Lindsey – hope I make the 100! Doesn't matter though… I'll still get the book.

  • http://mzunguinmaking.blogspot.com/ Debbie Barnett

    Thanks for the above response to Greg, Michael. It was straight forward and fair.

    I’ve email Lindsey – hope I make the 100! Doesn’t matter though… I’ll still get the book.

  • http://karislusser.blogspot.com/ Kari

    Well, I am anxious to read this book so that I can speak intelligently when I have to defend his beliefs against the ideas of people in my family who believe the false emails. Apparently there are evangelists who are traveling around the county planting fear in the minds of people like my mother in law. She firmly believes he is a Muslim. The "fear" motivation is still so strong within certain Christian subcultures.

  • http://karislusser.blogspot.com Kari

    Well, I am anxious to read this book so that I can speak intelligently when I have to defend his beliefs against the ideas of people in my family who believe the false emails. Apparently there are evangelists who are traveling around the county planting fear in the minds of people like my mother in law. She firmly believes he is a Muslim. The “fear” motivation is still so strong within certain Christian subcultures.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Kari: You can also refer your mother-in-law to the Snopes.com Web page about Obama. As you may know, Snopes.com is a non-partisan site dedicated to researching and exposing Internet rumors. They have an entire page dedicated to Obama. In fact, they have one for McCain, too.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Kari: You can also refer your mother-in-law to the Snopes.com Web page about Obama. As you may know, Snopes.com is a non-partisan site dedicated to researching and exposing Internet rumors. They have an entire page dedicated to Obama. In fact, they have one for McCain, too.

  • Jim Jennings

    Michael, Is the book currently available in audio?

  • Jim Jennings

    Michael, Is the book currently available in audio?

  • http://www.pamkumpe.com/ Pam Kumpe

    I'm in the first 100. I'll be getting a book. Look forward to reading it, and seeing what it says. I'll post a review here in East Texas.

  • http://www.pamkumpe.com Pam Kumpe

    I’m in the first 100. I’ll be getting a book. Look forward to reading it, and seeing what it says. I’ll post a review here in East Texas.

  • Jake

    I am willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt. I would probably vote for him if he had been a governor for about 8 years and had a track record to be examined. But he is an unknown who has never had a job where "the buck stops here" after having to make a truly hard decision. In the senate, if a vote came up that he found uncomfortable, he would either be absent or just not vote. Even if he were to be the head of a large corporation for 8 years where sink or swim decisions had to be made, I would have a little more confidence. But now, all we have to go on is what he SAYS about himself and what he thinks and everyone knows politicians lie. They say whatever they think they have to say whatever they have to say to get the job. I am not close enough to read his eyes to discern the truth. Besides, he may be really sincere, but no matter how good his intentions, he might fall apart when the water hits the wheel or he might be so desperate he would be corrupted by someone with worse ideas than his own. He is a novice and untried by the fire of ruling. At this point, that is all I have against him. If he has 24 years left in the life of his career, why not let him grow up, as a leader and then give him the biggest job in the world? Why give him that office to practice on before he is ready? — And be less that he could be if he had a chance to mature first?

  • Jake

    I am willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt. I would probably vote for him if he had been a governor for about 8 years and had a track record to be examined. But he is an unknown who has never had a job where “the buck stops here” after having to make a truly hard decision. In the senate, if a vote came up that he found uncomfortable, he would either be absent or just not vote. Even if he were to be the head of a large corporation for 8 years where sink or swim decisions had to be made, I would have a little more confidence. But now, all we have to go on is what he SAYS about himself and what he thinks and everyone knows politicians lie. They say whatever they think they have to say whatever they have to say to get the job. I am not close enough to read his eyes to discern the truth. Besides, he may be really sincere, but no matter how good his intentions, he might fall apart when the water hits the wheel or he might be so desperate he would be corrupted by someone with worse ideas than his own. He is a novice and untried by the fire of ruling. At this point, that is all I have against him. If he has 24 years left in the life of his career, why not let him grow up, as a leader and then give him the biggest job in the world? Why give him that office to practice on before he is ready? — And be less that he could be if he had a chance to mature first?

  • Priscilla

    Mike, I have read Obama's book The Audacity of Hope and I have to say, I would not exactly call him a "Christian." Is a Christian pro homosexuality? Does a Christian believe in evolution? No doubt he has faith, but whether or not that faith is based on the Bible is another thing.

  • Priscilla

    Mike, I have read Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope and I have to say, I would not exactly call him a “Christian.” Is a Christian pro homosexuality? Does a Christian believe in evolution? No doubt he has faith, but whether or not that faith is based on the Bible is another thing.

  • http://www.emergingintofaith.blogspot.com/ Dr. David & Lisa

    Thank you, Michael, for this wise and reflective post. Obama may be "A New Kind of Christian" and his faith/origins merit our study.

    We need Christians who are slower to speak, faster to listen. We need Christians who can engage in public discourse from an attitude of humility, mutual respect, and Godly wisdom.

    David & Lisa Frisbie
    The Center for Marriage
    & Family Studies
    Del Mar, California

  • http://www.emergingintofaith.blogspot.com Dr. David & Lisa Frisbie

    Thank you, Michael, for this wise and reflective post. Obama may be “A New Kind of Christian” and his faith/origins merit our study.

    We need Christians who are slower to speak, faster to listen. We need Christians who can engage in public discourse from an attitude of humility, mutual respect, and Godly wisdom.

    David & Lisa Frisbie
    The Center for Marriage
    & Family Studies
    Del Mar, California

  • http://profile.typekey.com/kansasbob/ Kansas Bob

    I sent Lindsey a note and hope to be able to read and review the book.

    I have been so disheartened at how Christians blast Obama when he expresses his faith.. I have read his testimony and simply take him at his word. On the contrary many seem to be happy with McCain who says virtually nothing about his faith and just seems to speak of a Higher Being when He does.

    I linked here from my blog.

    Blessings, Bob

  • http://profile.typekey.com/kansasbob/ Kansas Bob

    I sent Lindsey a note and hope to be able to read and review the book.

    I have been so disheartened at how Christians blast Obama when he expresses his faith.. I have read his testimony and simply take him at his word. On the contrary many seem to be happy with McCain who says virtually nothing about his faith and just seems to speak of a Higher Being when He does.

    I linked here from my blog.

    Blessings, Bob

  • http://www.lindawinn.com/ Linda Winn

    Thanks for the opportunity, Mike. I've made the top 100 and look forward to reading The Faith of Barak Obama. But I must admit, it will take a lot of prayer before, during, and after to discern what God wants me to know about him. And I also pray that I will be receptive enough to receive it whatever it is.

  • http://www.lindawinn.com Linda Winn

    Thanks for the opportunity, Mike. I’ve made the top 100 and look forward to reading The Faith of Barak Obama. But I must admit, it will take a lot of prayer before, during, and after to discern what God wants me to know about him. And I also pray that I will be receptive enough to receive it whatever it is.

  • John Young

    You sold me Mike. What I'm feeling here is more than numbers but the passion you always had at W&H to release some titles that are needed and beneficial rather than a "fun read." I know you love the world of the internet and you are speaking directly to those in this audience but I host a talk show in Atlanta and if anyone in that world of mass media with much wider reach is not in the TNP database, contact Curt Harding at Nelson publicity. Mansfield does great interviews and is a solid reporter with a good track record of being fair. If you're a religion writer for a major newspaper Curt can handle a copy for review. I love bloggers but mass media will give you the exposure tonage you need.With all due respect by my fellow conservative believers many will be tempted to judge this book by the cover and miss the content. In these times I feel many are looking for more than a political argument often seen on prime time tv and on talk radio. Steve has delivered big time for you on this one. Congratulations. Start the presses.

  • John Young

    You sold me Mike. What I’m feeling here is more than numbers but the passion you always had at W&H to release some titles that are needed and beneficial rather than a “fun read.” I know you love the world of the internet and you are speaking directly to those in this audience but I host a talk show in Atlanta and if anyone in that world of mass media with much wider reach is not in the TNP database, contact Curt Harding at Nelson publicity. Mansfield does great interviews and is a solid reporter with a good track record of being fair. If you’re a religion writer for a major newspaper Curt can handle a copy for review. I love bloggers but mass media will give you the exposure tonage you need.With all due respect by my fellow conservative believers many will be tempted to judge this book by the cover and miss the content. In these times I feel many are looking for more than a political argument often seen on prime time tv and on talk radio. Steve has delivered big time for you on this one. Congratulations. Start the presses.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Jim: The book is not currently available in audio. Given the time between now and the election, I doubt it will be. Thanks.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Jim: The book is not currently available in audio. Given the time between now and the election, I doubt it will be. Thanks.

  • Mark Russell

    This is great that we are taking a look into this and that Thomas Nelson is being a leader in expanding the Christian perception on politics. Christians can disagree on a wide variety of very important issues and still be siblings in the Lord.

    In saying all that, is it not obvious that every politician (Obama, McCain, Bill Clinton, Bush, etc…) has a "faith" story. I don't know how we can verify what is true, but what we can verify is that they all "have to have" a story to make it to the end of a political campaign….

    Mark Russell

  • Mark Russell

    This is great that we are taking a look into this and that Thomas Nelson is being a leader in expanding the Christian perception on politics. Christians can disagree on a wide variety of very important issues and still be siblings in the Lord.

    In saying all that, is it not obvious that every politician (Obama, McCain, Bill Clinton, Bush, etc…) has a “faith” story. I don’t know how we can verify what is true, but what we can verify is that they all “have to have” a story to make it to the end of a political campaign….

    Mark Russell

  • Tom Watson

    Well, one thing is for sure, you're right, Senator Obama is a force to be reckoned with over the next few elections whether he is elected, runs again or not. I do believe many, maybe even most, Christian Americans do not take the time to search out the truth on candidates or political issues. As for finding out whether the Senator's faith lines up with the bible or not one hardly needs this book. I'm not saying the book will not be a good read or even enlightening. But, his actions have made it clear where stands. The sanctity of life issue has already been brought up in an earlier post, doesn't that speak to his lack of faith in the God of the Bible? In my state of California, the state Supreme Court has made it possible for same sex couples to marry. Mr. Obama was here within a week basically applauding the decision with statements saying efforts (made mostly by Christians) to overturn the court's decision by another vote of the people are "divisive and discriminatory". Hardly a traditional Biblical stance. Mr. Mansfield book maybe a great seller for Thomas Nelson (I hope so I'm a Christian bookstore retailer!) I think its fairly easy to make a decision as to "Christian-ness" of Mr. Obama's faith without it.

  • Tom Watson

    Well, one thing is for sure, you’re right, Senator Obama is a force to be reckoned with over the next few elections whether he is elected, runs again or not. I do believe many, maybe even most, Christian Americans do not take the time to search out the truth on candidates or political issues. As for finding out whether the Senator’s faith lines up with the bible or not one hardly needs this book. I’m not saying the book will not be a good read or even enlightening. But, his actions have made it clear where stands. The sanctity of life issue has already been brought up in an earlier post, doesn’t that speak to his lack of faith in the God of the Bible? In my state of California, the state Supreme Court has made it possible for same sex couples to marry. Mr. Obama was here within a week basically applauding the decision with statements saying efforts (made mostly by Christians) to overturn the court’s decision by another vote of the people are “divisive and discriminatory”. Hardly a traditional Biblical stance. Mr. Mansfield book maybe a great seller for Thomas Nelson (I hope so I’m a Christian bookstore retailer!) I think its fairly easy to make a decision as to “Christian-ness” of Mr. Obama’s faith without it.

  • http://livingthebiblios.blogspot.com/ Ted

    Yes, Obama supports no limits abortion, civil gay unions, and advocates radical socialist tax and spend policies.

    BUT he's also talked more about the role of Christian faith in politics than ANY politician in recent times!

    That combination– and the obvious fact he's running for president– makes Obama's faith worthy of analysis.

    I imagine that many evangelicals will read this book wanting to know if Obama is a sincere, genuine believer, or a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    I'll read Mansfield's take on Obama with great interest because I am an 1) inerrancy upholding evangelical pastor, 2) a politically conservative voter, and 3) a member of (what was until recently) Barack Obama's theologically and politically liberal United Church of Christ denomination.

    BTW–Lynda's email is sending auto-reply message–"out of office until Aug 11."

  • http://livingthebiblios.blogspot.com Ted

    Yes, Obama supports no limits abortion, civil gay unions, and advocates radical socialist tax and spend policies.

    BUT he’s also talked more about the role of Christian faith in politics than ANY politician in recent times!

    That combination– and the obvious fact he’s running for president– makes Obama’s faith worthy of analysis.

    I imagine that many evangelicals will read this book wanting to know if Obama is a sincere, genuine believer, or a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    I’ll read Mansfield’s take on Obama with great interest because I am an 1) inerrancy upholding evangelical pastor, 2) a politically conservative voter, and 3) a member of (what was until recently) Barack Obama’s theologically and politically liberal United Church of Christ denomination.

    BTW–Lynda’s email is sending auto-reply message–“out of office until Aug 11.”

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Ted: Yes, Lindsey is out of the office, but she is still checking email and can get you a copy of the book. Thanks.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Ted: Yes, Lindsey is out of the office, but she is still checking email and can get you a copy of the book. Thanks.

  • http://www.csaproductions.com/blog/ Brendt

    Oh, puhleeeeeeeese. If addressing the Muslim/Quran/anti-Christ myths are worth mentioning, then thanks for the warning — Mansfield's book isn't worth my time and money. I can go to snopes dot com or 1000 other sites for that info (or even just ignore the emails that my aunt sends me).

    Tell me, does it address such "difficult aspects" of Obama's faith like being able to be a member of a church for 20 years and not know the first thing about its theology? (Not talking about Wright here. I'm talking about the official, in-writing, WAS-on-the-website theology of the church in general.)

    I've grown weary of being told that I'm closed-minded or need to enter the public discourse, simply because I'm not interested in getting to better know a man whose political rhetoric and record (such little as there is) stand in stark contrast with my beliefs.

  • http://www.csaproductions.com/blog/ Brendt

    Oh, puhleeeeeeeese. If addressing the Muslim/Quran/anti-Christ myths are worth mentioning, then thanks for the warning — Mansfield’s book isn’t worth my time and money. I can go to snopes dot com or 1000 other sites for that info (or even just ignore the emails that my aunt sends me).

    Tell me, does it address such “difficult aspects” of Obama’s faith like being able to be a member of a church for 20 years and not know the first thing about its theology? (Not talking about Wright here. I’m talking about the official, in-writing, WAS-on-the-website theology of the church in general.)

    I’ve grown weary of being told that I’m closed-minded or need to enter the public discourse, simply because I’m not interested in getting to better know a man whose political rhetoric and record (such little as there is) stand in stark contrast with my beliefs.

  • Dave Brown

    How can you justify publishing this book? If profit is your motive, you will earn no more from me.

    Read a few transcripts from interviews with him, and you will quickly see that this man believes there are many paths to Heaven. My Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, btw, quotes Jesus as saying "…no one comes to the Father except through Me." Anyone who says that there are many ways to Heaven does not even understand why Jesus had to die.

    This is also a man who, while a member of the Illinois Senate, fought to allow hospitals in IL to starve/dehydrate babies to death after "botched" abortion attempts. This practice is so horrendous that the US House and Senate both nearly unanimously passed the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act" to outlaw it, yet Obama thinks its okay.

    There are already enough lies out there trying to portray this man as a true "Christian". By publishing this book, you have added fuel to that lie, and probably won him some votes. If this man is elected, I hope you will be able to sleep at night, and pray that God will have mercy on your soul. "…everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required"

  • Dave Brown

    How can you justify publishing this book? If profit is your motive, you will earn no more from me.

    Read a few transcripts from interviews with him, and you will quickly see that this man believes there are many paths to Heaven. My Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, btw, quotes Jesus as saying “…no one comes to the Father except through Me.” Anyone who says that there are many ways to Heaven does not even understand why Jesus had to die.

    This is also a man who, while a member of the Illinois Senate, fought to allow hospitals in IL to starve/dehydrate babies to death after “botched” abortion attempts. This practice is so horrendous that the US House and Senate both nearly unanimously passed the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act” to outlaw it, yet Obama thinks its okay.

    There are already enough lies out there trying to portray this man as a true “Christian”. By publishing this book, you have added fuel to that lie, and probably won him some votes. If this man is elected, I hope you will be able to sleep at night, and pray that God will have mercy on your soul. “…everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required”

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Dave: Did you read my post? Apparently not. You have completely missed why we are publishing this book. To repeat what I said in the post, we are not advocating for Mr. Obama. Stephen Mansfield does not plan to vote for him.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Dave: Did you read my post? Apparently not. You have completely missed why we are publishing this book. To repeat what I said in the post, we are not advocating for Mr. Obama. Stephen Mansfield does not plan to vote for him.

  • http://michael.thecommunityfellowship.org/ Michael Harrison

    Thank you for your insightful comments. As a pastor and leader in this 'new era', I find the responsibility of addressing culture and the issues important, pressing and often very hard. Your take on Mr. Obama and on a variety of other issues I have read has been encouraging. Keep on. Further, I appreciate Thomas Nelson's continued work to make our Savior famous.

  • http://michael.thecommunityfellowship.org Michael Harrison

    Thank you for your insightful comments. As a pastor and leader in this ‘new era’, I find the responsibility of addressing culture and the issues important, pressing and often very hard. Your take on Mr. Obama and on a variety of other issues I have read has been encouraging. Keep on. Further, I appreciate Thomas Nelson’s continued work to make our Savior famous.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    Note: I am going to start deleting comments from people who have obviously not read the book. I am not asking you to agree with the book, but you can hardly disagree if you have not read it. We are trying to promote genuine, civil discourse based on the facts. I have no use for uninformed diatribes from the right or the left.

    Consider yourself warned.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    Note: I am going to start deleting comments from people who have obviously not read the book. I am not asking you to agree with the book, but you can hardly disagree if you have not read it. We are trying to promote genuine, civil discourse based on the facts. I have no use for uninformed diatribes from the right or the left.

    Consider yourself warned.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    Newsweek has just posted an interview with Stephen Mansfield. It is worth reading.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    Newsweek has just posted an interview with Stephen Mansfield. It is worth reading.

  • http://www.islandteacompany.com/ Dori

    Have just recently found your blog. This rather liberal Quaker woman, thanks you so much for encouraging people to read, to investigate and to think! It is so interesting to me how many decide so quickly that a man, or woman :), must not be a true Christian because they do not agree on some point or issue. Ultimately, we will be judged only by our Lord, yes? We must simply do our best to make thoughtful decisions, decisions that rest as easy as possible on mind, heart and soul. I look forward to reading this book.

  • http://www.islandteacompany.com Dori

    Have just recently found your blog. This rather liberal Quaker woman, thanks you so much for encouraging people to read, to investigate and to think! It is so interesting to me how many decide so quickly that a man, or woman :), must not be a true Christian because they do not agree on some point or issue. Ultimately, we will be judged only by our Lord, yes? We must simply do our best to make thoughtful decisions, decisions that rest as easy as possible on mind, heart and soul. I look forward to reading this book.

  • Carrie Ann

    Mr. Hyatt, I think you must have deleted my previous comment. I know what Obama *says* about his faith. He obviously hopes to reach the evangelical community with this book.

    Still, when we look at the "fruit" of his life, it speaks louder than words. I've no doubt Obama has faith, but in whom? Which god? His record does not seem consistent with a true believer's faith in Jesus Christ, I don't care what he says.

    Delete this if you must, but not everyone who calls himself a Christian, IS one. I admire Mansfield's writing and faith, but this recent book is just another paying gig for him – can't fault him for that. Thankfully, HE knows better than to vote for Obama.

    This book hasn't changed my view on Obama. We need to be voting biblical values, and if Obama knows Christ, he has much to repent of.

  • Carrie Ann

    Mr. Hyatt, I think you must have deleted my previous comment. I know what Obama *says* about his faith. He obviously hopes to reach the evangelical community with this book.

    Still, when we look at the “fruit” of his life, it speaks louder than words. I’ve no doubt Obama has faith, but in whom? Which god? His record does not seem consistent with a true believer’s faith in Jesus Christ, I don’t care what he says.

    Delete this if you must, but not everyone who calls himself a Christian, IS one. I admire Mansfield’s writing and faith, but this recent book is just another paying gig for him – can’t fault him for that. Thankfully, HE knows better than to vote for Obama.

    This book hasn’t changed my view on Obama. We need to be voting biblical values, and if Obama knows Christ, he has much to repent of.

  • Carrie Ann

    Mr. Hyatt: You said you're going to start deleting comments from those who have not read the book. I think your readers would like to hear comments from all sides, not just those who show up here to express their support for Thomas Nelson.

    Respectfully, sir, I submit to you that folks are quite able to make an informed decision this year without the indoctrination of Thomas Nelson regarding Obama. We can't afford to take Obama's word as truth – instead, we look at his life and record.

    Whether Obama is a true Christian or simply regards himself a Christian…doesn't matter. It's our responsibility to examine what the man stands for, which is pretty obvious…and well documented.

    Sir, you have your own agenda – to sell this book during a political year. I pray you prosper. But nothing in the book changes Obama's record. His life speaks for itself.

    I "ditto" what Dave & Brendt have shared, btw. I wish you well with this, and please don't feel you have to defend the blog or the book.

  • Carrie Ann

    Mr. Hyatt: You said you’re going to start deleting comments from those who have not read the book. I think your readers would like to hear comments from all sides, not just those who show up here to express their support for Thomas Nelson.

    Respectfully, sir, I submit to you that folks are quite able to make an informed decision this year without the indoctrination of Thomas Nelson regarding Obama. We can’t afford to take Obama’s word as truth – instead, we look at his life and record.

    Whether Obama is a true Christian or simply regards himself a Christian…doesn’t matter. It’s our responsibility to examine what the man stands for, which is pretty obvious…and well documented.

    Sir, you have your own agenda – to sell this book during a political year. I pray you prosper. But nothing in the book changes Obama’s record. His life speaks for itself.

    I “ditto” what Dave & Brendt have shared, btw. I wish you well with this, and please don’t feel you have to defend the blog or the book.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Carrie Ann: I don't mind negative comments from those who have read the book. That adds to the conversation. However, I will continue to delete negative comments from those who haven't read the book. Thankfully, I have only had to delete two. Thanks.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Carrie Ann: I don’t mind negative comments from those who have read the book. That adds to the conversation. However, I will continue to delete negative comments from those who haven’t read the book. Thankfully, I have only had to delete two. Thanks.

  • http://berlysue.blogspot.com/ Kim

    I'm on chapter 3. I'm going to the library tonight to pick up one of Obama's books often quoted by Mansfield so that I understand the full context of some of his quotes. So far, the man scares me to death.

    I understand you are not opposing or supporting this candidate, but I pray that he is no one's definition of a follower of Jesus Christ. He blatantly denies the authority of God's word in this book. The book so far confirms my fear that we are at a pivotal point in our nation's history, and this candidate is a danger to the blood-bought freedoms we have long enjoyed in this nation.

    EVERYONE should be reading, listening, researching and finding out all we can about what is going on in our nation right now. We are at a turning point. No matter who we elect in November.

    So far, this book is plain scaring me to death.

    Thanks for the opportunity and the challenge.

  • http://berlysue.blogspot.com Kim

    I’m on chapter 3. I’m going to the library tonight to pick up one of Obama’s books often quoted by Mansfield so that I understand the full context of some of his quotes. So far, the man scares me to death.

    I understand you are not opposing or supporting this candidate, but I pray that he is no one’s definition of a follower of Jesus Christ. He blatantly denies the authority of God’s word in this book. The book so far confirms my fear that we are at a pivotal point in our nation’s history, and this candidate is a danger to the blood-bought freedoms we have long enjoyed in this nation.

    EVERYONE should be reading, listening, researching and finding out all we can about what is going on in our nation right now. We are at a turning point. No matter who we elect in November.

    So far, this book is plain scaring me to death.

    Thanks for the opportunity and the challenge.

  • Jennie Erskine

    I agree with Dave Brown's comments. There is no reason to publish this book. Obama is not a Christian in any traditional sense of the word. Christians don't hang around with unrepentant terrorists and hate mongers as he does. Christians don't say as he does that his first act as President would be to make partial birth abortion the law of the land.

    By publishing this book there can be only two reasons: (1) making a quick buck like the National Enquirer does off the hype; or (2) you share in his beliefs.

    I used to think you are deceiving people because of the first reason. Then after seeing you Twitter about NPR it is obvious to me your motivation is because of the second reason.

    I don't plan to buy anything from your company anymore. You should be ashamed of yourself for calling your company a Christian publisher!

    To find out what Obama really is you should read The Case Against Barack Obama by David Freddoso. But then again, it probably wouldn't support your pal so why bother!

  • Jennie Erskine

    I agree with Dave Brown’s comments. There is no reason to publish this book. Obama is not a Christian in any traditional sense of the word. Christians don’t hang around with unrepentant terrorists and hate mongers as he does. Christians don’t say as he does that his first act as President would be to make partial birth abortion the law of the land.

    By publishing this book there can be only two reasons: (1) making a quick buck like the National Enquirer does off the hype; or (2) you share in his beliefs.

    I used to think you are deceiving people because of the first reason. Then after seeing you Twitter about NPR it is obvious to me your motivation is because of the second reason.

    I don’t plan to buy anything from your company anymore. You should be ashamed of yourself for calling your company a Christian publisher!

    To find out what Obama really is you should read The Case Against Barack Obama by David Freddoso. But then again, it probably wouldn’t support your pal so why bother!

  • Jennie Erskine

    Oh and yes I read the book. But I bet you delete my comment anyway. That is the why you liberal armchair Christians operate anyway.

  • Jennie Erskine

    Oh and yes I read the book. But I bet you delete my comment anyway. That is the why you liberal armchair Christians operate anyway.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Jennie: I hate to disappoint you, but I am not going to delete your comment. If you said you read it, I will take you at your word.

    As I have said repeatedly, our goal is not to advocate for or against Obama, but to help people understand him. And along the way, we want to help people understand post-modern, Christian culture.

    As far as me being a liberal, hardly. I am one of the most conservative people you could ever meet. I just don't believe I have to hate those I disagree with to prove it.

    Kind regards.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Jennie: I hate to disappoint you, but I am not going to delete your comment. If you said you read it, I will take you at your word.

    As I have said repeatedly, our goal is not to advocate for or against Obama, but to help people understand him. And along the way, we want to help people understand post-modern, Christian culture.

    As far as me being a liberal, hardly. I am one of the most conservative people you could ever meet. I just don’t believe I have to hate those I disagree with to prove it.

    Kind regards.

  • http://gottabuzz.typepad.com/coffee Rick

    Not only am I going to buy a copy and put real $$ into the system :), but I'm also a fairly conservative Christian thinking American who's probably going to vote for Obama because I'm tired of just voting for "the lesser of two evils" all the time. He can't get into the White House without the Lord anyway – and I'd rather be inspired to something higher than be pulled down into the muck that's exposing itself in some of the comments above.

    Was that too harsh? :)

    It's not the narrow- or closed-minded that frighten me. It's those with their minds made up so staunchly and harshly that any new ideas that might crack their crusty foundations.

  • http://gottabuzz.typepad.com/coffee Rick

    Not only am I going to buy a copy and put real $$ into the system :), but I’m also a fairly conservative Christian thinking American who’s probably going to vote for Obama because I’m tired of just voting for “the lesser of two evils” all the time. He can’t get into the White House without the Lord anyway – and I’d rather be inspired to something higher than be pulled down into the muck that’s exposing itself in some of the comments above.

    Was that too harsh? :)

    It’s not the narrow- or closed-minded that frighten me. It’s those with their minds made up so staunchly and harshly that any new ideas that might crack their crusty foundations.

  • http://www.brandontoddwright.blogspot.com/ todd

    I'm reading it now (planning to review it! Thank you, Thomas Nelson!)

    I think it's a great book. Personally, I'm enjoying more as an overall look at the religious/political climate of America. The Obama stuff seems well researched and documented.

    Of course, I'm drawing conclusions about Obama's faith…but I'm also reading some stellar investigative research on the culture in which I live and move.

  • http://www.brandontoddwright.blogspot.com todd

    I’m reading it now (planning to review it! Thank you, Thomas Nelson!)

    I think it’s a great book. Personally, I’m enjoying more as an overall look at the religious/political climate of America. The Obama stuff seems well researched and documented.

    Of course, I’m drawing conclusions about Obama’s faith…but I’m also reading some stellar investigative research on the culture in which I live and move.

  • http://alyiceedrich.com/ AlyiceEdrich.com

    May just have to get a copy of this book from the library. I've seen and heard lots of conflicting stories about Obama–from faith to politics to personal character. It's a confusing time, indeed. And more information that is truthful and accurate is always greatly appreciated.

  • http://alyiceedrich.com AlyiceEdrich.com

    May just have to get a copy of this book from the library. I’ve seen and heard lots of conflicting stories about Obama–from faith to politics to personal character. It’s a confusing time, indeed. And more information that is truthful and accurate is always greatly appreciated.

  • Isidora

    I agree with Jennie, but not quite as angrily. Mike you write our "goal is not to advocate for or against Obama, but to help people understand him." Where do you draw the line. Larry Flint, the publisher of Penthouse claims some faith. Would you do a bio of him? What about other sexually deviant people? Why not do a pictoral book detailing rape, sodomy, and child abuse? Wouldn't that "help people understand sexual deviant individuals more?"

    I don't see any reason why a Christian publisher would want to be involved in the advocating the faith of Obama. It implies (even though you deny it) that you supporting the notion he is a believing Christian. When you deny it as you do, it seems like you're just in it for money (even though you say not).

    I also think it is in bad taste to delete people's comments. You can do what you want – it is your blog. But when you go around deleting people who you don't agree with, the reader wonders how many times you do this to spin things to your favor (I know you said only twice). It also makes it seem like you can't play well with others – you go out of your way to be a public personality yet when things don't go your way, you retreat.

    Other than that I usually like your blog.

  • Isidora

    I agree with Jennie, but not quite as angrily. Mike you write our “goal is not to advocate for or against Obama, but to help people understand him.” Where do you draw the line. Larry Flint, the publisher of Penthouse claims some faith. Would you do a bio of him? What about other sexually deviant people? Why not do a pictoral book detailing rape, sodomy, and child abuse? Wouldn’t that “help people understand sexual deviant individuals more?”

    I don’t see any reason why a Christian publisher would want to be involved in the advocating the faith of Obama. It implies (even though you deny it) that you supporting the notion he is a believing Christian. When you deny it as you do, it seems like you’re just in it for money (even though you say not).

    I also think it is in bad taste to delete people’s comments. You can do what you want – it is your blog. But when you go around deleting people who you don’t agree with, the reader wonders how many times you do this to spin things to your favor (I know you said only twice). It also makes it seem like you can’t play well with others – you go out of your way to be a public personality yet when things don’t go your way, you retreat.

    Other than that I usually like your blog.

  • http://youthmaster.blogspot.org/ Marvin Nelson

    I read and reviewed the book. It was an incredible TRUTHFUL look at the man that is Barack Obama. Thank you Thomas Nelson for being a Christian Publishing Company that tells the truth about Him rather than wallowing in the murky, mushy falsified claims about him. (Anti-Christ people? Come on)! To read my review, go to: youthmaster.blogspot.com

  • http://youthmaster.blogspot.org Marvin Nelson

    I read and reviewed the book. It was an incredible TRUTHFUL look at the man that is Barack Obama. Thank you Thomas Nelson for being a Christian Publishing Company that tells the truth about Him rather than wallowing in the murky, mushy falsified claims about him. (Anti-Christ people? Come on)! To read my review, go to: youthmaster.blogspot.com

  • http://berlysue.blogspot.com/ Kim

    I just finished my copy. Thomas Nelson, you have been raped if you paid Stephen Mansfield one thin dime to write this book. It has already been written. Obama wrote it. It's called the Audacity of Hope. I read a lot of it lastnight and today too. Obama does not believe the Bible. He denies everything Jesus Christ ever taught.

    I cannot believe your name (well, your emblem) is on the spine of this blasphemous volume. You have been raped big time.

  • http://berlysue.blogspot.com Kim

    I just finished my copy. Thomas Nelson, you have been raped if you paid Stephen Mansfield one thin dime to write this book. It has already been written. Obama wrote it. It’s called the Audacity of Hope. I read a lot of it lastnight and today too. Obama does not believe the Bible. He denies everything Jesus Christ ever taught.

    I cannot believe your name (well, your emblem) is on the spine of this blasphemous volume. You have been raped big time.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    As I have said before, I don’t mind anyone disagreeing with Mr. Obama. I certainly don’t agree with him on many things. However, I believe Christians should disagree in a way that honors God and manifests the fruit of the Spirit.

    Well-reasoned, fact-based arguments are certainly more compelling than ad hominem attacks.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    As I have said before, I don’t mind anyone disagreeing with Mr. Obama. I certainly don’t agree with him on many things. However, I believe Christians should disagree in a way that honors God and manifests the fruit of the Spirit.

    Well-reasoned, fact-based arguments are certainly more compelling than ad hominem attacks.

  • http://berlysue.blogspot.com/ Kim

    I apologize if I spoke in anger earlier. I never would have picked up The Faith of Obama or The Audacity of Hope had I not been reading this blog. A great deal of ignorance would have been mine had I not done the reading.

    I have been challenged. I have been frightened. I just shudder to think what we are facing in November. The foundation is about to shift in this nation – regardless of who sits in the Oval Office during the next four years. But if this candidate is elected, Christians better be prepared to give up a lot of their blood-bought freedoms. Prayer is our mightiest weapon right now, and I know I’m begging God’s mercy for our nation.

  • http://berlysue.blogspot.com Kim

    I apologize if I spoke in anger earlier. I never would have picked up The Faith of Obama or The Audacity of Hope had I not been reading this blog. A great deal of ignorance would have been mine had I not done the reading.

    I have been challenged. I have been frightened. I just shudder to think what we are facing in November. The foundation is about to shift in this nation – regardless of who sits in the Oval Office during the next four years. But if this candidate is elected, Christians better be prepared to give up a lot of their blood-bought freedoms. Prayer is our mightiest weapon right now, and I know I’m begging God’s mercy for our nation.

  • Houser

    Ad hominem attacks can be legitimate at times.

    I think this is one of those times. You write that "I believe Christians should disagree in a way that honors God and manifests the fruit of the Spirit."

    That is appropriate as Phil 4:8 says "whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

    ad hominem is Latin for an "argument against the man." It is appropriate at times to attack a man when they are evil. Obama is evil and it is appropriate to attack him in such a manner. His belief system is non-Christian.

    He can call himself whatever he wants, but he is evil. He advocates the murder of babies. Like it or not, partial birth abortion is plain old murder. He says that he won't even give doctors the option to not do partial birth abortions because of moral reasons.

    In the Old Testament, these people were called Mollites and God said they were evil and his people should have nothing to do with them. As such why do you think you or your company should be associated with and promoting him.

    That is why you are getting all this hate mail. People are upset over your sin. What you are doing is no different than Ted Haggard did with the gay prostitute. Why do you expect people to respond differently to your sin?

    I didn't read the whole book, I just skimmed it at my local bookstore, but what I did read disgusted me. I'd suggest you repent of your sin, offer an apology to Christians for your bad judgement, and pull the book.

  • Houser

    Ad hominem attacks can be legitimate at times.

    I think this is one of those times. You write that “I believe Christians should disagree in a way that honors God and manifests the fruit of the Spirit.”

    That is appropriate as Phil 4:8 says “whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

    ad hominem is Latin for an “argument against the man.” It is appropriate at times to attack a man when they are evil. Obama is evil and it is appropriate to attack him in such a manner. His belief system is non-Christian.

    He can call himself whatever he wants, but he is evil. He advocates the murder of babies. Like it or not, partial birth abortion is plain old murder. He says that he won’t even give doctors the option to not do partial birth abortions because of moral reasons.

    In the Old Testament, these people were called Mollites and God said they were evil and his people should have nothing to do with them. As such why do you think you or your company should be associated with and promoting him.

    That is why you are getting all this hate mail. People are upset over your sin. What you are doing is no different than Ted Haggard did with the gay prostitute. Why do you expect people to respond differently to your sin?

    I didn’t read the whole book, I just skimmed it at my local bookstore, but what I did read disgusted me. I’d suggest you repent of your sin, offer an apology to Christians for your bad judgement, and pull the book.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    Ad hominem arguments may sometimes be legitimate, but they are rarely effective. Your comment is proof of that. It only polarizes people further and adds nothing to the conversation.

    We are not promoting Barack Obama, and your assertion to the contrary is not proof. Stephen Mansfield, the author, has made it crystal clear he will not vote for Mr. Obama precisely because of his views on abortion. Yet, he believes it is important to understand the man and his faith perspective.

    You may disagree, and that is your right. But what are you so afraid of that you would suggest we pull the book? I think readers are fully capable of reading the book, assessing the facts, and making up their own minds.

    I find it fascinating that you would make such strong accusations and indeed condemnations—especially in light of the fact that you have not even read the book. Proverbs 18:13 says, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.”

    P.S. For the record, I’ve had less than six negative comments and only two negative emails.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    Ad hominem arguments may sometimes be legitimate, but they are rarely effective. Your comment is proof of that. It only polarizes people further and adds nothing to the conversation.

    We are not promoting Barack Obama, and your assertion to the contrary is not proof. Stephen Mansfield, the author, has made it crystal clear he will not vote for Mr. Obama precisely because of his views on abortion. Yet, he believes it is important to understand the man and his faith perspective.

    You may disagree, and that is your right. But what are you so afraid of that you would suggest we pull the book? I think readers are fully capable of reading the book, assessing the facts, and making up their own minds.

    I find it fascinating that you would make such strong accusations and indeed condemnations—especially in light of the fact that you have not even read the book. Proverbs 18:13 says, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.”

    P.S. For the record, I’ve had less than six negative comments and only two negative emails.

  • adam

    I have yet to have the chance to get my hands on the book (I'm hoping to read it in the near future) but have enjoyed the conversation that is taking place here. Not knowing the catalog of of Thomas Nelson, I was wondering if there was a book about the Republican candidate, John McCain? Also, would this book still have been released had he not gotten this far in the election process? Just wondering.

    Thanks again for allowing this conversation to continue.

  • adam

    I have yet to have the chance to get my hands on the book (I’m hoping to read it in the near future) but have enjoyed the conversation that is taking place here. Not knowing the catalog of of Thomas Nelson, I was wondering if there was a book about the Republican candidate, John McCain? Also, would this book still have been released had he not gotten this far in the election process? Just wondering.

    Thanks again for allowing this conversation to continue.

  • David J. Dunn

    I am a pro-life Christian, and I support Obama. My reasons are complex and need not be brought up here. But the implications that some of my brothers and sisters make against Obama are especially troubling. If, by the standards of some of these vitriolic respondents, Obama is not a Christian, neither is Bush. None of us is!

    I think Obama is completely wrong on abortion, just like I thought Bush was completely wrong on Iraq. Obama’s decisions would lead to the deaths of thousands of the unborn. Bush’s decisions have led to the deaths of thousands of Iraqi children.

    God forgive me for saying so, but part of me rejoices at the prospects that George Bush might get his in Hell. I repent of this thought every time it enters my mind. As wrong as I think Bush has been, I am in no position to question the sincerity of his faith. God knows the heart.

    The same applies to Obama. Yes, he is wrong on abortion. And some of his views about Jesus are probably heresy. On the other hand, Bush is clearly a Manichean (Google it), and so are some of those who have commented on this blog. Most people hold heretical opinions at some level. Just ask them to explain the Trinity! If God judged us on the rightness or wrongness of our opinions, we would all be damned.

    The question is, can a Christian be in error? For the sake of my Christian grandmother, who thinks that “coloreds” are inferior to whites, I sure hope so.

    What is really troubling about all of this is the implication that a person cannot be a Democrat and a Christian, or even politically liberal and a Christian. This means that not only is Obama going to Hell, but so are all of his supporters.

    By the way, does a Christian company’s decision to print a book about a man that some Christians think is fraud make the company itself not Christian? That means that two or more Christians can’t have a difference of opinion. So, which Christian gets to decide who is right?

  • David J. Dunn

    I am a pro-life Christian, and I support Obama. My reasons are complex and need not be brought up here. But the implications that some of my brothers and sisters make against Obama are especially troubling. If, by the standards of some of these vitriolic respondents, Obama is not a Christian, neither is Bush. None of us is!

    I think Obama is completely wrong on abortion, just like I thought Bush was completely wrong on Iraq. Obama's decisions would lead to the deaths of thousands of the unborn. Bush's decisions have led to the deaths of thousands of Iraqi children.

    God forgive me for saying so, but part of me rejoices at the prospects that George Bush might get his in Hell. I repent of this thought every time it enters my mind. As wrong as I think Bush has been, I am in no position to question the sincerity of his faith. God knows the heart.

    The same applies to Obama. Yes, he is wrong on abortion. And some of his views about Jesus are probably heresy. On the other hand, Bush is clearly a Manichean (Google it), and so are some of those who have commented on this blog. Most people hold heretical opinions at some level. Just ask them to explain the Trinity! If God judged us on the rightness or wrongness of our opinions, we would all be damned.

    The question is, can a Christian be in error? For the sake of my Christian grandmother, who thinks that "coloreds" are inferior to whites, I sure hope so.

    What is really troubling about all of this is the implication that a person cannot be a Democrat and a Christian, or even politically liberal and a Christian. This means that not only is Obama going to Hell, but so are all of his supporters.

    By the way, does a Christian company's decision to print a book about a man that some Christians think is fraud make the company itself not Christian? That means that two or more Christians can't have a difference of opinion. So, which Christian gets to decide who is right?

  • http://www.dorseypublications.com/ Makasha Dorsey

    I am reading a review copy right now and I will hold my opinion of the book until I am done.

    However, I do agree with Rick who says that he is tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. I also find it odd how we Christians stand up so adamantly against certain injustices but turn a blind eye to others. Kim mentioned "blood bought" freedoms. Who's blood?

    Jesus taught in love. We blame persons who are pro choice for the high abortion rate instead of figuring out why so many young (and older, mature) people fall prey to adultry and fornication. Its not just women who were raised in liberal homes having abortions; women we were raised in conservative, bible thumping homes are having them as well. Why? Its a lack of faith in GOD and the hypocrisy of the Christian church. So much – from slavery to the high obesity rate in the church – has been swept under the rug. My generation longs for realness, understanding, and honesty — things that political conservatives have failed to honor.

    Abortion is the result of us, I include myself, Christians failing to meet the needs and the pain of the people. So, why beat up on a person who says he is a pro choice Christian? GOD gives each of use a choice on whether or not we will serve him; what we put into our bodies; and how we serve him. Being a Christian is not about where we've been, or what "fruit" have manifested from our lives. Its about the condition of our hearts and only GOD can determine what state its in.

  • http://www.dorseypublications.com Makasha Dorsey

    I am reading a review copy right now and I will hold my opinion of the book until I am done.

    However, I do agree with Rick who says that he is tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. I also find it odd how we Christians stand up so adamantly against certain injustices but turn a blind eye to others. Kim mentioned “blood bought” freedoms. Who’s blood?

    Jesus taught in love. We blame persons who are pro choice for the high abortion rate instead of figuring out why so many young (and older, mature) people fall prey to adultry and fornication. Its not just women who were raised in liberal homes having abortions; women we were raised in conservative, bible thumping homes are having them as well. Why? Its a lack of faith in GOD and the hypocrisy of the Christian church. So much – from slavery to the high obesity rate in the church – has been swept under the rug. My generation longs for realness, understanding, and honesty — things that political conservatives have failed to honor.

    Abortion is the result of us, I include myself, Christians failing to meet the needs and the pain of the people. So, why beat up on a person who says he is a pro choice Christian? GOD gives each of use a choice on whether or not we will serve him; what we put into our bodies; and how we serve him. Being a Christian is not about where we’ve been, or what “fruit” have manifested from our lives. Its about the condition of our hearts and only GOD can determine what state its in.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Adam: I am not aware of a book about McCain's faith. Unfortunately, he doesn't talk about it much, so I think it would be difficult to do a whole book about it. Regardless, Stephen does talk about both McCain and Hillary Clinton's faith in his book about Obama. In fact, he uses their different perspectives as examples of the different streams of contemporary Christianity. It's fascinating.

    And, no, I don't think we probably would have done the book if Obama wasn't the presumptive candidate. The fact that he has a good shot at becoming the next president makes the topic particularly relevant.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Adam: I am not aware of a book about McCain’s faith. Unfortunately, he doesn’t talk about it much, so I think it would be difficult to do a whole book about it. Regardless, Stephen does talk about both McCain and Hillary Clinton’s faith in his book about Obama. In fact, he uses their different perspectives as examples of the different streams of contemporary Christianity. It’s fascinating.

    And, no, I don’t think we probably would have done the book if Obama wasn’t the presumptive candidate. The fact that he has a good shot at becoming the next president makes the topic particularly relevant.

    Thanks.

  • Winter

    I think the issue becomes one of values. As a Christian I never could sell out my faith for profit like you did Mike.

    You say you haven't had many negative comments. I'd say that is more a reflection on your audience than it is a pulse of Christian America.

    I'm Southern Baptist and from my perspective, this book is trash. I did read parts of it online and saw the Sean Hanity interview.

    No real Christian thinks of Obama as a fellow believer. He even rejects the notion of the Trinity.

    I think your previous blog post says it all – you did it for book sales. Why don't you fess up to that and not pretend that it is about letting us average people know more about Obama. That wasn't your intent.

    BTW, maybe if you spent less time blogging you'd have more time to run your company and all those folks you layed off last year wouldn't have lost their jobs!

  • Winter

    I think the issue becomes one of values. As a Christian I never could sell out my faith for profit like you did Mike.

    You say you haven’t had many negative comments. I’d say that is more a reflection on your audience than it is a pulse of Christian America.

    I’m Southern Baptist and from my perspective, this book is trash. I did read parts of it online and saw the Sean Hanity interview.

    No real Christian thinks of Obama as a fellow believer. He even rejects the notion of the Trinity.

    I think your previous blog post says it all – you did it for book sales. Why don’t you fess up to that and not pretend that it is about letting us average people know more about Obama. That wasn’t your intent.

    BTW, maybe if you spent less time blogging you’d have more time to run your company and all those folks you layed off last year wouldn’t have lost their jobs!

  • Johnson

    Mike i want to know more about Obama…

  • Johnson

    Mike i want to know more about Obama…

  • http://profile.typekey.com/1218236009s4731/ Eric S. Mueller

    Mike, my copy finally came yesterday, so I'm hoping to pick back in in Chapter 3 tonight. I read the intro and two chapters that came by email. So far I find it fascinating. I appreciate Stephen Mansfield's work. My initial impression is that I wish other books about prominent public figures could be more like this. It's not a puff-piece, and it's not a hatchet job. It's an attempt to understand a man and the issues surrounding him.

    I appreciate you making this book available to bloggers to review.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/1218236009s4731/ Eric S. Mueller

    Mike, my copy finally came yesterday, so I’m hoping to pick back in in Chapter 3 tonight. I read the intro and two chapters that came by email. So far I find it fascinating. I appreciate Stephen Mansfield’s work. My initial impression is that I wish other books about prominent public figures could be more like this. It’s not a puff-piece, and it’s not a hatchet job. It’s an attempt to understand a man and the issues surrounding him.

    I appreciate you making this book available to bloggers to review.

  • http://www.thomasnelson.com/ Lindsey

    @Winter I admit I work for Thomas Nelson and so you might think that is my motivation for joining in this conversation, but honestly I just can not let your comments go without saying a few things.

    1. I have always believed that "real" Christians left judgment up to God. 2. Mike Hyatt is a tremendous leader. He uses his blog as a way to engage his employees and be transparent. I, for one, appreciate his strength and honesty.

  • http://www.thomasnelson.com Lindsey

    @Winter I admit I work for Thomas Nelson and so you might think that is my motivation for joining in this conversation, but honestly I just can not let your comments go without saying a few things.

    1. I have always believed that “real” Christians left judgment up to God. 2. Mike Hyatt is a tremendous leader. He uses his blog as a way to engage his employees and be transparent. I, for one, appreciate his strength and honesty.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Bob Wiley

    Winter,
    You must have been drunk off your @$$ when you wrote that.

    On behalf of the SBC, I'd like to say to MH and the rest of the people on this blog, that Winter is an idiot, and represents only himself.

    Even though I wholeheartedly disagree with Obama's politics and doctrine, I think his faith DOES MATTER. Considering he's a real shot at running this country for the next 8-years.

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Bob Wiley

    Winter,
    You must have been drunk off your @$$ when you wrote that.

    On behalf of the SBC, I’d like to say to MH and the rest of the people on this blog, that Winter is an idiot, and represents only himself.

    Even though I wholeheartedly disagree with Obama’s politics and doctrine, I think his faith DOES MATTER. Considering he’s a real shot at running this country for the next 8-years.

  • http://www.toyboxleadership.com/ Michael E. Waddell

    I got the book Monday and I'm on chapter five.

    Regardless of what your political slant may be, every Christian should want to know what a man who influences this many people believes.

    The book is very informative and not at all biased. Objective writing at it's finest.

    A full review is coming on my blog.

    Michael E. Waddell

    co-author Toy Box Leadership: Leadership Lessons From The Toys You Loved As A Child

    toyboxleadership.com
    michaelewadddell.com

  • http://www.toyboxleadership.com Michael E. Waddell

    I got the book Monday and I’m on chapter five.

    Regardless of what your political slant may be, every Christian should want to know what a man who influences this many people believes.

    The book is very informative and not at all biased. Objective writing at it’s finest.

    A full review is coming on my blog.

    Michael E. Waddell

    co-author Toy Box Leadership: Leadership Lessons From The Toys You Loved As A Child

    toyboxleadership.com
    michaelewadddell.com

  • David J. Dunn

    Having just finished the book, it amazes me that some readers have come away feeling that Thomas Nelson published propaganda for the Obama campaign. I can only conclude that they either did not read the book, or allowed their own biases to see any positive statement about Obama as promotion of his agenda. No single book can – or at least should – change a person's mind about a candidate, especially without adequate time to fully reflect on it, but, initially, this book has left me (still a supporter) somewhat less comfortable with Obama.

  • David J. Dunn

    Having just finished the book, it amazes me that some readers have come away feeling that Thomas Nelson published propaganda for the Obama campaign. I can only conclude that they either did not read the book, or allowed their own biases to see any positive statement about Obama as promotion of his agenda. No single book can – or at least should – change a person’s mind about a candidate, especially without adequate time to fully reflect on it, but, initially, this book has left me (still a supporter) somewhat less comfortable with Obama.

  • http://www.parablesofaprodigalworld.com/ Raffi Shahinian

    Thank you, Michael, for the book and the opportunity to offer my thoughts on it. Might have gone too far, though. I did a 5-part review series. Just posted the final installment (with links to the first 4) here. Thought you might be interested.

    Grace and Peace,
    Raffi Shahinian
    Parables of a Prodigla World

  • http://www.parablesofaprodigalworld.com Raffi Shahinian

    Thank you, Michael, for the book and the opportunity to offer my thoughts on it. Might have gone too far, though. I did a 5-part review series. Just posted the final installment (with links to the first 4) here. Thought you might be interested.

    Grace and Peace,
    Raffi Shahinian
    Parables of a Prodigla World

  • http://christianbeerconnoisseur.wordpress.com/ Chad Hudson

    Mr. Hyatt,

    I posted a review of The Faith of Barack Obama.

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in the future of our country.

    Thank you for the opportunity to review the book.

    God Bless,

    Chad

  • http://christianbeerconnoisseur.wordpress.com Chad Hudson

    Mr. Hyatt,

    I posted a review of The Faith of Barack Obama.

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in the future of our country.

    Thank you for the opportunity to review the book.

    God Bless,

    Chad

  • http://www.consumerpassion.com/ Jeff

    I'll stick to books you offer from John MacArthur. I've been so thankful over the years for his sound teaching, and that Thomas Nelson has published his works. Dr. MacArthur swims upstream, unashamedly teaching the Gospel According to Jesus, to take a title from his best selling book.

    I must say that I was sickened when I heard you were publishing a book on Obama's faith. Certainly his claims to being a Christian provoke a discussion that needs to be had. But since you're a professed Christian Publisher, unless the book dismantles any claim Obama lays to Christianity, it's an offense to God and will only further damage what it means to have true saving faith in Christ alone. Obama's faith derives from Black Liberation Theology – a social gospel. The Gospel is not about doing social good, protecting the environment, or pushing diversity and choice. It's about sinners at war with God, falling on their face at the foot of the cross, and being pardoned by a loving Savior who has every right to condemn us for eternity.

    We can't have it both ways. There's only one Gospel, and one faith that saves. Which one is it? MacArthur's version, taught soundly from the New Testament, or Obama's, formed from wide-road, post-modern liberal thinking?

    Respectfully, I encourage you to ask Dr. MacArthur what he thinks of the decision to publish the Obama book. You've published his books for many years now, and must know him well. He's much more qualified than I am, and a Christian who walks the walk much better than I could ever hope to do.

  • http://www.consumerpassion.com Jeff

    I’ll stick to books you offer from John MacArthur. I’ve been so thankful over the years for his sound teaching, and that Thomas Nelson has published his works. Dr. MacArthur swims upstream, unashamedly teaching the Gospel According to Jesus, to take a title from his best selling book.

    I must say that I was sickened when I heard you were publishing a book on Obama’s faith. Certainly his claims to being a Christian provoke a discussion that needs to be had. But since you’re a professed Christian Publisher, unless the book dismantles any claim Obama lays to Christianity, it’s an offense to God and will only further damage what it means to have true saving faith in Christ alone. Obama’s faith derives from Black Liberation Theology – a social gospel. The Gospel is not about doing social good, protecting the environment, or pushing diversity and choice. It’s about sinners at war with God, falling on their face at the foot of the cross, and being pardoned by a loving Savior who has every right to condemn us for eternity.

    We can’t have it both ways. There’s only one Gospel, and one faith that saves. Which one is it? MacArthur’s version, taught soundly from the New Testament, or Obama’s, formed from wide-road, post-modern liberal thinking?

    Respectfully, I encourage you to ask Dr. MacArthur what he thinks of the decision to publish the Obama book. You’ve published his books for many years now, and must know him well. He’s much more qualified than I am, and a Christian who walks the walk much better than I could ever hope to do.

  • kyle watson

    Obama + President= Cuba. Enough said.

  • kyle watson

    Obama + President= Cuba. Enough said.

  • Jackie

    I have read all the comments. Where can I read the reviews? 100 people read Mansfield’s book and agreed to review it. Can you point me to those reviews? Thank you. (I got here via Tim Challies. He posted your blog in his A La Carte section today.)

  • Jackie

    I have read all the comments. Where can I read the reviews? 100 people read Mansfield’s book and agreed to review it. Can you point me to those reviews? Thank you. (I got here via Tim Challies. He posted your blog in his A La Carte section today.)

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com/ Michael S. Hyatt

    @Jackie,

    You can see the actual reviews here.

    Thanks,

    Mike

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael S. Hyatt

    @Jackie,

    You can see the actual reviews here.

    Thanks,

    Mike

  • elizabeth

    Just in case you're getting overwhelmed by many of the responses, please know that this is a book that I would be very interested in reading. As a twentysomething, I can't help but think that when someone is unashamed to claim Christ as his or her savior, then we should at least hear him or her out.

  • elizabeth

    Just in case you’re getting overwhelmed by many of the responses, please know that this is a book that I would be very interested in reading. As a twentysomething, I can’t help but think that when someone is unashamed to claim Christ as his or her savior, then we should at least hear him or her out.

  • Alison

    I am so sick of watered-down Christianity and "Christian" publishers and magazines promoting liberal views as being of Christ. It's a bunch of garbage, and whether Obama has sincere "faith" or not, it's not the faith of a true follower of Christ. You know, guys, the Bible is MANDATORY, not an optional part of the Christian faith, and I sure feel sorry for many of you and pray you "get it", let your name not be written in the lambs book of life, and you be cast into the fiery pit of hell. Don't let the devil deceive you! Get your life right!

  • Alison

    I am so sick of watered-down Christianity and “Christian” publishers and magazines promoting liberal views as being of Christ. It’s a bunch of garbage, and whether Obama has sincere “faith” or not, it’s not the faith of a true follower of Christ. You know, guys, the Bible is MANDATORY, not an optional part of the Christian faith, and I sure feel sorry for many of you and pray you “get it”, let your name not be written in the lambs book of life, and you be cast into the fiery pit of hell. Don’t let the devil deceive you! Get your life right!

  • Maria Kelly

    I just stumbled unto this blog accidentally today. I am very impressed that Michael did not dignify Allison’s passionate unsubstantiated accusatory response (essentially accusing him of being a watered-down Christian) with a comment. As followers of Christ (Christians), we know that the bible clearly states Judge Not. I would refer Allison to Matthew 7 vs 1 to 5; being careful to pray first for the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom in interpreting it as in applies to Obama and being a true follower of Christ. Allison, only GOD can judge him, not you. I suggest, that as a Christian, and being “our brother’s keeper”, you pray diligently for Obama. With your strong faith surely you must know that will have an effect and we must uphold all our leaders to God in prayer. God can and does work in the hearts of people. That will go further for good, and to the glory of GOD than accusing innocent people and organizations. God Bless.

  • Maria Kelly

    I just stumbled unto this blog accidentally today. I am very impressed that Michael did not dignify Allison’s passionate unsubstantiated accusatory response (essentially accusing him of being a watered-down Christian) with a comment. As followers of Christ (Christians), we know that the bible clearly states Judge Not. I would refer Allison to Matthew 7 vs 1 to 5; being careful to pray first for the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom in interpreting it as in applies to Obama and being a true follower of Christ. Allison, only GOD can judge him, not you. I suggest, that as a Christian, and being “our brother’s keeper”, you pray diligently for Obama. With your strong faith surely you must know that will have an effect and we must uphold all our leaders to God in prayer. God can and does work in the hearts of people. That will go further for good, and to the glory of GOD than accusing innocent people and organizations. God Bless.

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