Monday, May 25, 2009


Memorial Day. A sobering day. Glimpsing Old Glory and thanking God for men and women whose final salute to her was giving their lives to keep her flying free . . . to keep us free. Celebrating the privilege of getting together with friends and family, cooking out, laughing and enjoying the day because those who gave us this freedom no longer can. Praying for the safety of our armed forces who continue to stand between us and terrorists around the world. Thinking about their loved ones who sacrifice their children, grandchildren, husbands and wives so we can have ours safely with us. Remembering. That's what it's all about. And today I remember with gratitude and hope for the future of America and the world. How did you spend the day?

I received a copy of The American Patriot's Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America just two days before Memorial Day. How appropriate! I was immediately struck by the power and beauty of this recently released New King James Version. As a Bible editor for many years, I love new editions of God's Word, but I have rarely seen one so carefully and thoughtfully designed, so emotionally moving, so rich and classy in presentation. The antique look of a two-color text combined with 48 full-color pages throughout bring to life the great moments of American history through the words of her leaders quoting scriptures or making spiritual references. Photographs and illustrations from America's most treasured archives help us relive the people and events that demonstrate the godly qualities that have made America great.

President Ronald Reagan said, "Inside the Bible's pages lie the answers to all the problems that mankind has ever known." Complete with index and concordance for quick reference, this grand edition of God's Word allows those answers to jump off the pages and into our lives. The perfect gift for veterans, members of the armed forces, history lovers, or anyone who holds our heritage as Christians and Americans dear. A true collector's edition.

Dr. Richard G. Lee, General Editor (Thomas Nelson: Nashville 2009). Hardcover. 1632 pp. $39.99.



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