Faith: A Journey For All, Jimmy Carter
In this, his most recent book, former president Jimmy Carter conducts a wide ranging, yet pleasingly comprehensible analysis of faith. He looks at faith from several angles, from the definitional to the personal with touching stories from his own life that explain what faith means him. Mr. Carter also explores different ways of acquiring faith and again speaks candidly about his own experiences with the development of his own faith.
He does analyze the meaning and acquisition of religious faith and he is a religious man, but as always he is accepting of all faiths and the lessons he teaches here are applicable to multiple religious belief systems. Mr. Carter wraps up with his perception of the greatest challenges to our faith as a nation and a world community and offers his views on what can be done to bring the nation and democratic society back to a path of greater faith in our system of government and our place in history. The book progresses not only with a certain logic reminiscent of bible study, but, as one turns the pages, also increases with respect to the strength and frequency of the author’s personal opinions on faith of all kinds.
This book is a pleasure to read (as is everything by Mr. Carter). He is so thoroughly genuine and earnest in his desire to both edify the reader on the topic and urge all of us to work in faith toward better selves, that one can not help but be humbled by this kind and generous man. Our oldest living former president educates us on faith and then urges us to work to increase the place that faith in God, country, and each other has in our lives.