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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Our wonderful nation of America has gone down the hoop. So many problems are plaguing our nation. The land of the free isn’t so free anymore. The place where men are considered equal doesn’t consider everyone equal anymore. And one may wonder if God really had a plan for America. Did He really wish to protect this land?
Well, believe it or not, yes. If you look back in history, godly men helped establish this nation while withstanding attacks from the enemy (and not just England, I mean the devil). But God has kept his hand on the young nation in order for it to succeed. But this is not what many kids in schools are being taught. Where can they learn about all this?
Whoops, no, enter “God’s Plan For America.” Peter Marshall and David Manuel were pondering the question “Did God really have a plan for American?” and they decided to do some research on the topic. If they had enough information on the topic, then they decided to write a book on it! And they did. Three, in fact.
The Light And The Glory: This is the first book of the three and it covers the years 1492-1793. Yet it covers so many years in this 475-ish page book, it does give depth and insight and wisdom of major events that happened in America at the time. It reveals the true spiritual condition of Christopher Columbus while he was sailing, the sacrifice of early martyrs, the failed, pathetic Jamestown settlement, the Pilgrims and other successful settlements, and the Revolutionary War. It recounts experiences when God was truly watching over the New World and shows the true spiritual condition of many of the leaders of the olden days.
The focus of the first book is to show how much God was apart of the beginning of the foundation of America and his wonderful providence. It also shows that many of the early leaders were devoted to God and his wonderful presence. This book clearly shows that God wanted America to come into existence.
From Sea To Shining Sea: This book recounts the years 1787-1837, which is focused on the expansion of America and the problem of slavery. It gives detail about the ratifying of the Constitution, the War of 1812, the horrors of slavery, and the Alamo and the cry for the Mexican War.
This book was very detailed and, again, gave a lot of great information and spiritual insight of what was going on. It really expounded on what slavery was really all about and the true evils about it. But, I’ll be honest, a few parts lagged a bit. Maybe it was just me, but, really, the book is another great read that you can’t pass up! It paints the picture of slavery to remind us of the America of yesteryear and that we should learn from our mistakes . . . which America isn’t really doing right now.
Sounding Forth The Trumpet: The last volume covers the years 1837-1860. It, again, gives full detail about the events of the Mexican War, the Gold Rush, and the happenings in Bleeding Kansas. All these events lead up to the dark years of the Civil War.
This book, again, dives into the feelings of the people at this time. People debating if slavery was wrong. People inwardly wondering if slavery was wrong. People standing for slavery. Things happened to help change peoples minds, like the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” but slavery wasn’t abolished. This book ends with the election of Abraham Lincoln
Darkest of Days: Now, this book . . . wait, wait, wait, there is no fourth book! The series ends right before the Civil War erupts! OH NO! Wow, I really wish there was another book here, but there isn’t. It ends here.
Now, there might be another book one day, but it might not happen. Book one released in 1977 but was re-written in 2009. Book two was released in 1986 but was revised in 2009. Book three was released in 1999 and might have been revised in 2009. There is no confirmed evidence (that I know of) that the authors are writing another book. I wish they could, especially the focus on the second and third books were on the terrible effects of slavery.
This trilogy I just reviewed is amazing. It really gave me more insight on the founding of America and the times and such. Especially in a Christian-deprived time, this is very refreshing.
But in the introductions and epilogues of the books, they compare slavery to the problems today. Read the following.
. . . when it came to dealing with the greatest social evil of the age [slavery], the groundswells of local revival did not produce the necessary tidal wave of change. . . . In spite of the many voices calling for its abolition . . . no national repentance took place. The prophets went unheeded; they remained voices crying in the wilderness. The opportunity slipped by.
And that just makes me stop to think for a moment.
The evils of slavery wasn’t just a Southern problem, it was a national problem. And, thus, the evils of abortion and all that stuff is a national problem. Because we aren’t doing our part in electing good presidents and praying enough.
Yet these books are a very good read of past American history, it is a sober reminder that we should learn from our past mistakes and make America truly the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”
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