• Faithful Presence

  • The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square
  • By: Bill Haslam
  • Narrated by: Bill Haslem
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Faithful Presence

By: Bill Haslam
Narrated by: Bill Haslem
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Two-term governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam reveals how faith - too often divisive and contentious - can be a redemptive and unifying presence in the public square.

As a former mayor and governor, Bill Haslam has long been at the center of politics and policy on local, state, and federal levels. And he has consistently been guided by his faith, which influenced his actions on issues ranging from capital punishment to pardons, health care to abortion, welfare to free college tuition. Yet the place of faith in public life has been hotly debated since our nation's founding, and the relationship of church and state remains contentious to this day - and for good reason. Too often, Bill Haslam argues, Christians end up shaping their faith to fit their politics rather than forming their politics to their faith. They seem to forget their calling is to be used by God in service of others rather than to use God to reach their own desires and ends. 

Faithful Presence calls for a different way. Drawing upon his years of public service, Haslam casts a remarkable vision for the redemptive role of faith in politics while examining some of the most complex issues of our time, including: 

  • Partisanship in our divided era
  • The most essential character trait for a public servant
  • How we cannot escape "legislating morality"
  • The answer to perpetual outrage
  • How to think about the separation of church and state

For Christians ready to be salt and light, as well as for those of a different faith or no faith at all, Faithful Presence argues that faith can be a redemptive, healing presence in the public square - as it must be, if our nation is to flourish.

©2021 Bill Haslam (P)2021 Thomas Nelson

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Thoughtful & Warm

As I study the involvement of a Christian in politics, I found this work both warm and thought-provoking. Would I have agreed with every decision he made in office? Maybe not, but I found his explanations helpful, and even caused me to reconsider my position on some things. I would recommend this book to others to read, knowing that the listener may not agree with everything said. But, I think that is one of the main points of this book: to realize how messy much of politics is, that issues aren’t always as black & white as we might think (and our favorite news outlet leads us to believe), and we need to know how to agree to disagree in grace.

For extra entertainment along the way, some of his anecdotes are comical, and provide a nice lightheartedness to the work.

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An unusual tale of balance & humility in politics

It was refreshing to hear Bill's recounting of his experience in political life from such a balanced and humble perspective, and this serves as not just a great book on politics and faith but on leadership as well. In an age where hopelessness is pushed at us on all sides, this book is a must-listen to be reminded that we can still make a difference and as Christians love our neighbors without falling prey to divisive partisanship.

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perfect message for our current time

This is a very thoughtful, encouraging, message about how to engage politically in a civil way.

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Wisdom!

Mr. Haslem speaks much wisdom at a crucial time. Highly recommend this book to all people of faith.!