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Humbling, profound, and, I'll admit, a little depressing. Why depressing? Because to read the hopes of our founders, the absolute laser focus they employed in crafting this new country, the seriousness with which they took their duties, and their expectations that the citizens of America would continue this great experiment in the same spirit, is to realize how much we've let them down. American schools and colleges had one purpose at their inception: to teach young people their rights and respo...
Yes, I have read it before (I reread it every couple of years).What have I learned?That the current crop of federal politicians are not worthy to tie the shoe laces of the original crop who fought and sacrificed to establish our country.Does that sound cynical? I suppose it does. It's not my nature. I will only say that the direction our nation is now heading is diametrically opposed to the vision of our founding fathers.
"Our Sacred Honor" by William J. Bennet is a compilation of writings, speeches and songs by the founding fathers along with other key figures in American history. This largely conservative book is referenced as a "moral guide" during troubled times. The book has a common message of sticking to the roots of American fundamentalism. There is not a single main character in this book but is rather a collection of pieces from a numerous amount of famous Americans such as John Adams and Ralph Waldo Em...
Every parent should have this book in their home. The schools are not teaching History as they should. This is a must read for every family.
"Featuring the wisdom of Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Hamilton, and others, an anthology of the words and accomplishments of America's founders offers inspirational lessons in courage, civility, honesty, piety, and other important virtues and values. 250,000 first printing"https://www.amazon.com/Our-Sacred-Hon...It is a great reference book to keep on your self and re-read. I never knew that Abigail Adams said:p33 "The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but the Go...
Our Sacred Honor by William J. Bennett collects the thoughts and advice of the ‘founding founders’ on such themes as patriotism, frugality, industry, civility, friendship, romance, and faith, adding his own commentary as introductions to each section. It is something of a patriotic canon in that it contains excerpts from not only the Declaration of Independence, but works like the Ballad of Paul Revere and the famed story about Washington cutting down a tree with his hatchet. The collection is w...
I wish I had read this book 40 years ago. Of course, it wasn't possible to read then. Wanting that, I wish I'd read Benjamin Franklin's rules for "constancy". How much more focused and directed might I have been with my life?I am gratified, yet sad, after reading this book. How far we have fallen. How little understanding we have of the minds of the men who founded this nation. How little desire there seems to be to preserve and pass that knowledge through the generations. I believe the Founders...
This is a compiliation of many letters and writings from our Founding Fathers. There is much to learn about these men and women, as far as their character goes, as well as the little known, but significant factual information during that time. It is a great coffee table or 'biffy' book, as most of the writings are just a page or two.
I have always been a huge fan of the Founding Fathers and an American History buff. I love my country and the tenet it was founded on. This book is such a great detailed window into the minds and hearts of the men (and women!) who were responsible for the formation of our great nation. I found it to be profound and inspiring. I have read a million times over.
At a critical time of our liberties being taken away by England, a generation stood up for truth, beyond all costs. Today, I am apart of a generation that is in great moral decline, yet we stand in silence under tolerance and relativism. Will my generation stand up for truth, so that peace and justice can reign for the future? Or will our peace and freedom be striped away slowly.
haven't read all of the sections, but these people believe in absolute morality. right and wrong were not moving targets, but clear cut. these authors wrote to their children, and expected than to live accordingly.
Anyone who refers to the founders as "Deists" has not read any of their writings. They did indeed believe that God was guiding them in what they were doing. They deist line may be what we were taught in school, but I recommend educating youself further if you swallowed it hook, line and sinker.
Thomas Jefferson is quoted "Adore God, murmur not at the ways of Providence." The book is packed with examples of the Founding Fathers' trust in the Creator.
Thanks, Jared, for this book! I love it. I love the letters and the poems and insights into the forefathers' lives. I love Bennett's reverence for those who paved the way.
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Amazing to compare what the Founders of the nation valued and believed compared with the ideas going around today.
I realy like this book. It has short reads from the Founding Fathers that are very inspiring. They are sorted by subject. i really learn every time I pick it up.
Bennett draws on the beliefs and writings of our Founding Fathes and the core values upon which our country was - and should still be - based.
Little vignettes about America that are suppose to inspire citizenship and patriotism in younger children. Not bad, not great. Bennett sort of dialed this one in.