Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rediscovering God in America or Lincoln on Leadership

Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future

Author: Newt Gingrich

A simple walk through Washington, D.C. began a profound journey of personal discovery and renewal for Newt Gingrich, one of America's most influential politicians and commentators. At theNational Archives, the immortal words from the Declaration of Independence that we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights," jumped off the page and into his heart with the simple truth that from day one in our country's history, the Author of freedom was not the state nor even the Founding Fathers. Our basic human rights and freedoms were-and are-"Creator-endowed." Gingrich sounds a clarion call for us to recognize that the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that we hold so dear are inseparable from a sincere and humble acknowledgement that these gifts are only the Creator's to give. As a bonus, the book includes a "walking tour" of Washington, D.C.

Publishers Weekly

This brief mandate by Gingrich, the architect of 1994's conservative congressional manifesto "The Contract with America," opens with a battle cry: "There is no attack on American culture more deadly and more historically dishonest than the secular effort to drive God out of America's public life." The book's arguments are predictable: Gingrich claims that references to God are sprinkled everywhere in our nation's founding documents; that most Americans believe in God; and our classrooms and courtrooms are the laboratories where such belief is being irrevocably eroded. He trots out quotations from founding fathers that suggest their allegiance to Christianity or at least to theism, but conveniently ignores evidence that some of these men-particularly Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson-believed religion should have little, if any, role in the nation's government. If the book's thesis is tired and essentially unpersuasive, its unique contribution is its innovative, even brilliant, method of organization. Gingrich presents his arguments as a "walking tour" of the nation's capital, beginning with the National Archives and winding through the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Capitol, White House and other sites. This structure does much to freshen up a book that is otherwise indistinguishable from prior offerings by Pat Robertson and David Barton. (Aug. 22) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times

Author: Donald T Phillips

An insightful look at how Lincoln's expertise in leadership transformed a nation describes how these skills can be incorporated into today's society by following his examples and wisdom.

Table of Contents:
Introduction ..... 1

Part I: People ..... 11

Chapter 1: Get Out of the Office and Circulate Among the Troops ..... 13
Chapter 2: Build Strong Alliances ..... 27
Chapter 3: Persuade Rather than Coerce ..... 38

Part II: Character ..... 49
Chapter 4: Honesty and Integrity Are the Best Policies ..... 51
Chapter 5: Never Act Out of Vengeance or Spite ..... 58
Chapter 6: Have the Courage to Handle Unjust Criticism ..... 65
Chapter 7: Be a Master of Paradox ..... 76

Part III: Endeavor ..... 85
Chapter 8: Exercise a Strong Hand - Be Decisive ..... 87
Chapter 9: Lead by Being Led ..... 99
Chapter 10: Set Goals and Be Results-Oriented ..... 108
Chapter 11: Keep searching Until You Find Your "Grant" ..... 114
Chapter 12: Encourage Innovation ..... 137

Part IV: Communication ..... 143
Chapter 13: Master the Art of Public Speaking ..... 145
Chapter 14: Influence People Through Conversation and Storytelling ..... 155
Chapter 15: Preach a Vision and Continually Reaffirm It ..... 162

Epilogue ..... 170
Notes ..... 174
Bibliography ..... 182
Index ..... 185

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