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Under God
Author: Toby Mac and Michael Tait with Wallbuilders
URL: <http://www.undergodthebook.com/>  <http://www.tobymac.com> <http://www.taitband.com/> <http://www.wallbuilders.com> <http://www.bethanyhouse.com/
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 384 

Toby Mac and Michael Tait contributed to both Jesus Freaks and Jesus Freaks 2 so it is not much of a surprise to see them attached to Under God.  This book focuses on the remarkable stories of Christians who have in some way either small or large impacted our nation as well as remarkable stories of people who were key in the civil rights struggle.  Most of the stories are less five pages long, which means they can be read fairly quickly.

This is a book that few will read cover to cover.  Most will focus on certain stories, such as the stories about figures that they remember from studying history, but very few will read every single story in the book.  One of the main reasons for this is the fact that there are more than 60 stories. Most of the stories are quite interesting but there are just too many for the average reader.  Some of the people that are highlighted in the book include Rosa Parks, Squanto, Harriet Tubman, Patrick Henry, Benedict Arnold, Sojourner Truth, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Washington Carver, and John and Abigail Adams.

The book wraps up with closing thoughts from Toby and Michael and a timeline of U.S. History from 1607 to September 11, 2001 showing key events in our nation's history and where the various stories in this book fall on that timeline.

The packaging of the book is unique, unfortunately it can get somewhat annoying.  The back cover that wraps around to the front can become awkward and in the way when one is trying to read.

This is a book that history teachers in private Christian schools will love because it enables them to show in small quick chunks how Christians have impacted our nation.  Students of history will enjoy being able to dip into various times in our nations history whenever they want. This book also will be helpful source of story illustrations for pastors and teachers.  Unfortunately, despite the interesting stories, the average reader will grow overwhelmed with the sheer number of stories and tire of the book.

Burton Wray 12/9/2004

 

 
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