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article imageReview: Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith by Andrew Preston Special

By KJ Mullins     Feb 5, 2013 in Entertainment
The Charles Taylor Prize short list book Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith by Andrew Preston explores religion in American war and diplomacy.
Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith by Andrew Preston looks at how religion has been a factor in American politics from the birth of the colonies to today. It's not a weekend leisurely read but more of a valuable reference book.
The first chapters detail the founding principles of the new land. There was one single motivation in the beginning for British settlers, to bring their Protestant views to a new land and to educate those living their already of their virtues. Thus we begin to understand how religion became so very much a part of the American culture and remains so to this day.
Sword of the Spirit  Shield of Faith by Andrew Preston
Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith by Andrew Preston
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The book reinforces this 'virtue' as the colony grew from a British domain to a powerful nation. Religion has played a very important part of the government of the United States shaping how it deals with other nations and their foreign policies.
Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith brings to light more of the true history of the United States. The information within Preston's text is one of the best over all references of the role of American policies and how religion shaped them.
That said the book is a very difficult read. Unless one is interested in the subject matter it will not draw you in at first glance and perhaps fail to do so at all. The beginning chapters are quite interesting but the tone is not exciting.
While I can't say that Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith is in my top ten list I will say that it is a welcome volume of reference knowledge that I will go to in the future.
The winner of the 2013 Prize will be announced on Monday, March 4th.
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