The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era By Timothy S. Goeglein

    This is both a story of forgiveness, but one of the best, most thoughtful, and insightful looks into the administration of George W. Bush. It delves not only into the life of the author, but takes a serious look at the roll faith played within the White House during the Bush years and how that faith played out in policy decisions. Timothy S. Goeglein It might never have been uttered in the history of very brief reviews that the reviewer did not like the author's book, his only exposure, but that the reviewer look forward to the writer's next.

    What I mean is that Goeglien is so earnest in genuine support for Bush and every line item of the Christian Right that he squeaks. This, it seems to me, is his gospel, and he pushes it forward enthusiastically, not hatefully, as though no one could object. His fall from grace, as an example of his directness, is less than compelling reading because he does not take the time to build up anticipation, to introduce himself and his situation. He needs subtlety, and he avoids it out of some sense of moral obligation.

    But there is a reason I say I'm looking forward to reading what he writes in the future. To use John Piper's phrase, he has deliberately put ballasts in his boat. That is, he is a young man who ponders serious and eternal things beyond today's political battle. If he continues to do so in a less public role than the fishbowl the White House where instant reaction is expected and one must quickly connect disparate issues into a pattern in order to make something out of chaos, I think he will mature into an outstanding writer whose copy will well outlast the back-and-forth of each week's political contests. He has a genuine passion for serious thinkers, and I'm glad to be introduced to them by him. As they marinate in him, I look forward to tasting the subtle flavors that emerge. Timothy S. Goeglein The reason I read this book was because I had dinner with Tim a few years ago and he gave me a copy of this book. He was such an eloquent speaker and engrossing so I figured his book would be the same. Unfortunately, this was a tough book, albeit short, to get through. He seems positively bent on defending every little thing Bush did, and spends (seemingly) half the book name dropping for no reason whatsoever. The only interesting part of the book was the first chapter where he talks about his scandal while working in the White House. I hate to give this book a negative review because Tim is just such a nice guy but I have to. Name dropping does not, a good book make. Timothy S. Goeglein I thought this book was going to be about George W. Bush. However, it turned into a foray into the life of a crazy ultra-conservative. Yuck. Didn't even finish it. It did not impress me that much. Timothy S. Goeglein

    Timothy Goeglein spent nearly eight years in the White House as President George W. Bush's key point of contact to American conservatives and the faith-based world and was frequently profiled in the national news media. But when a plagiarism scandal prompted his resignation, Goeglein chose not to dodge it but confront it, and was shown remarkable grace by the president. In fact, Bush showed more concern for Goeglein and his family than any personal political standing. 

    So begins The Man in the Middle, Goeglein's unique insider account of why he believes most of the 43rd president's in-office decisions were made for the greater good, and how many of those decisions could serve as a blueprint for the emergence of a thoughtful, confident conservatism. From a fresh perspective, Goeglein gives behind-the-scenes accounts of key events during that historic two-term administration, reflecting on what was right and best about the Bush years. He was in Florida for the 2000 election recount, at the White House on 9/11, and watched Bush become a reluctant but effective wartime president. 

    Goeglein, now the vice president with Focus on the Family, also looks back at how Bush handled matters like stem cell research, faith-based initiatives, the emergence of the Values Voters, the nominations of both Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito-in which Goeglein had a direct role-and debates over the definition of marriage. 

    In all, The Man in the Middle backs historians who view the legacy of President George W. Bush in a favorable light, recognizing his conservative ideas worth upholding in order to better shape our nation and change the world. The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era

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