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If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty

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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas comes If You Can Keep It, a new book that is part history and part manifesto, steeped in a critical analysis of our founding fathers' original intentions for America. Two hundred and forty years after the Declaration of Independence, it examines how we as a nation are living up to our founders' lofty vision for liberty and justice.

If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America's uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America's greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be. The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the "noble experiment in ordered liberty" that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten - and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms.

Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom. It's time to reconnect to that idea before America loses the very foundation for what made it exceptional in the first place.

©2016 Eric Metaxas (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    D. Sangster Hartford, CT USA 07-23-16
    D. Sangster Hartford, CT USA 07-23-16 Member Since 2016

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    "A book every American that loves America should read."

    We in America today have lost the very concepts that were essential for our system of government to work and thrive. Eric has written an elegant wake up call to our contemporary culture, saying that if we don't understand what it takes for the United States to work we will forever lose her and be Americans in name only.

    I would recommend this book to all patriots who still love our country and have not given up on her.

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    Trish Legarth 07-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceptional book"

    I truly enjoyed all the history and stories in this book. It should be read by every American! There is no way for our country to recover without first understanding how it was founded and embracing it. We have lost so much as a society.

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    Hannah 07-21-16
    Hannah 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Timely word for America"

    The timely book that every American should be reading right now. Thank you Eric for spending the time to put this beautiful book together. I wish I would have learned even half of these stories in my many years of education. I'll be sharing this with everyone I know.

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    Jacob Rempel 07-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A very timely book that every American should read."

    I myself very much enjoyed reading this book and I was enlightened by it. The extensive discussion on the subjects of liberty and self governance were eye opening. I was especially challenged to study up on the history of America and what makes her great.

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    Michael 07-11-16
    Michael 07-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A New Favorite"

    Material seemed rudimentary at first, but this has become one of my favorite books. One disappointment is that it hadn't come out sooner, grateful for the content and what it can mean for the refurbishment and re-establishment or core American values.

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    Fred 07-09-16
    Fred 07-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Every American should read this book!"

    Thoroughly documented, clearly articulated, inspiring, and educational. It is an excellent description and challenge for those alive today of the America the founders envisioned and expected us to live out for the benefit of all the world. Truly amazing!

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    Michael Kent Burns Austin, TX United States 07-04-16
    Michael Kent Burns Austin, TX United States 07-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Best possible read on July 4th."

    Very compelling. Superbly well written. This filled a hideous hole in the public school education I received in the 60's and 70's in California. We must never forget what really makes America great and why it is so vitally important that it remain so.

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    "Bravo Eric!"

    Only if all of America could stop long enough to listen to Eric read this book. Inspiring and passionate.

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    Lee 06-29-16
    Lee 06-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This should be required reading for ALL schools!"

    This was so informative and interesting. I love history, especially when it correlates with Christianity! I love Eric Metaxas writings. I read Bonhoeffer and I plan on reading more of his books. I have learned so much from them and it's refreshing to know that there are some out there that do still care about the future of our country! God bless you and your family!!!

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    Bruce GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 09-22-16
    Bruce GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely necessary to read!!"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The truth of the content.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me cry, because I know that just a few Americans are going to read this important information.


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    Every American should be tied and gagged and made to listen. If we, as a people, don't get this, we will not be a people.

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