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  • Analytical
  • Concrete Examples
  • Inspiring


Jimmy Carter is a man of faith – someone who demonstrates his trust in and fidelity to ideas and obligations. In this engaging, hopeful book, Carter examines the multiple meanings, aspects and implications of faith. This fast read distills the thoughts of an inquisitive man who loves to learn, who thinks deeply and kindly, and encourages others to do the same. Carter deftly incorporates stories that illustrate family and community commitments and larger faith-based implications for topics such as climate change, dictatorships, firearms, incarceration, human rights and income disparity. Carter uses his Christianity as a basis for many examples, but his treatise – like faith – is not inherently religious. Carter highlights how he came to see that science and religion aren’t in conflict. Much of the book draws on his 90-plus years of personal experience. Readers who want to strengthen their commitments to friends, family and community will appreciate Carter’s thought-provoking reflections.

About the Author

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jimmy Carter was the 39th US president (1977-1981). In 1982, he and his wife Rosalynn Carter created The Carter Center, which focuses on improving life for people around the globe. His 30 books include A Call to ActionA Full Life and An Hour Before Daylight. 



Are You a Person of Faith? 

Many people strive to answer this essential question. Frequently, the answer is yes, but how? Faith has many meanings and it affects lives in many ways. Faith is relevant to contemporary times since it influenced the past and will influence the future.

To take all the challenges of life in stride, you must have “something unshakable,” like a parent’s love, that’s worthy of your faith. You need a foundation on which to build an existence that’s dependable and predictable – something that will sustain you through illness, loss, war, the pursuit of your dreams or the failure to achieve them. Having faith in core beliefs guides your life and helps you seek a better one.  Having faith in someone else can be the most critical element of cooperation, peace and understanding. This became clear to Jimmy Carter when, as US president, he became jointly responsible with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev for preventing nuclear war.  

Religious tenets also drive faith. In the context of governance, keeping church and state separate presents challenges. As a Christian...

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