Sunday, June 26, 2016

Book Review: God & Churchill

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing free for review purposes.

Winston Churchill is perhaps one of the most popular figures in recent world history. Countless biographies have been written about him and many other histories of WW2 hold him as a central figure. His performance as a leader of men under some of the most difficult circumstances in history has also spawned numerous books on leadership, some having explored the spiritual side of this great man. This book, "God & Churchill" by Johnathan Sandys takes the exploration of Churchill's Christianity a step further than others.

Sandys begins with a young Churchill chronicling the influence of his parents and governess. He tells of experiences he had as a young soldier, a military leader and then Prime Minister. Each story serves as a stepping stone in Churchill's life that drew him closer to God. These anecdotes reveal a man who understood from an early age his destiny as a leader during dark days of his beloved Britain. It was a challenge he embraced and felt prepared by God for.

The book is an interesting read if for no other reason than to catch a glimpse into this great man's thinking and understanding the influences that prepared him. It isn't obvious to me that Churchill was a Christian, but there is clear evidence he recognized the God of the Bible and believed Him to be the orchestrator of his life. This book helps to fill in some of the gaps of history and is recommended for those who enjoy reading about such men and times as Churchill and WW2.

You can read the first chapter HERE.