The Faith of Ronald Reagan is a story that intrigued me from page one. As one who has admired President Reagan for years, this title was interesting to me. I am always interested in finding out what motivates those who lead, so this book served that purpose, at least to a point, for learning more about what motivated Reagan.
Mary Beth Brown tries to show that the faith in Christ that Reagan was taught as a child remained with him throughout his years, from college to Hollywood to politics, and ultimately to the Presidency. At times, it seems to me that she stretches just a bit too far in trying to attribute anything and everything that happened in Reagan’s life to faith. However, she is consistent throughout the book in showing Reagan’s faith in many and varied circumstances.
Even if one was not a “fan” of President Reagan, they will find some of the stories found in this book to be interesting. As one who was just a lad when Reagan was elected to the highest office in the land, the stories about the attempt on his life were fascinating to me. I felt it was a strength of the book to open with that incident, and then look back. Reagan’s faith and strength may have never been stronger than on that day, when, for all intents and purposes, he should have died.
If you like Presidential history, or just good political biographies, I think you will enjoy this book.
I reviewed this book for booksneeze.com in exchange for a free copy.