Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Review: America for Americans! by John Philip Newman

By M. J. Joachim

I have just read one of the most amazing Project Gutenberg free ebooks titled, America for Americans! by John Philip Newman. It’s a quick read, not more than 2 – 3 hours, if you take time to pause and digest the content like I did. 
In this sermon, you’ll discover the history of America, as it was unfolding in the 1800’s. You’ll learn what it means to be a true American, whether you are native, naturalized or foreign. You’ll come to understand the inherent meaning of Separation of Church and State, how it came to be and what it means for all Americans, regardless of status, creed or race. 

America for Americans is a Thanksgiving sermon written and delivered with native principles in mind. The message is no less valuable today than it was the day it was written – a message of hope and thanks for the gift of the country we proudly call home, and the freedom we’ve established here. It is in fact all the more pertinent, particularly in today’s times. 

Among the most accurate messages shared in this short ebook are the seven attributes that qualify one to be an American:

  • Civil rights belong to all, and no man is superior to another.
  • Our rights are founded in morality, not dictated by force.
  • Culture and responsibility of each individual determine these rights, protecting them from faulty premises set by sovereignties and people in lofty positions. 
  • Education is “forever free from sectarian control.”
  • The government has no religion, therefore it is not only non-religious, but it should be preempted from being irreligious. 
  • The Sabbath is a day of rest, regardless of religious affiliation, or lack thereof.
  • Christianity – not distinct religions, and all of its principles is the religion of this land, without preference to any particular religious affiliation or group. 

These principles, based on the writings and declarations of our Founding Fathers are what make this country great. These are the standards all Americans should hold true, defend and preserve. Each individual American, irrespective of who they are or where they come from, should recognize who we are as a nation, what we stand for and why we are the beacon of hope for all who come here. 

America for Americans! will proudly be added to my Recommended Reading List. It’s a must read for anyone who recognizes life, liberty and happiness as the key to freedom and the right of every citizen in our world. 

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips. I hope and trust you’ll take time to read this important manuscript that delivers such an important, positive message for America and her citizens.

M. J. 

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