More Than Dates & Dead People
Recovering a Christian View of History
A lively, upbeat, edgy look at history as something exciting rather than a boring list of dates to memorize. The focus is on how a Christian world-view affects one’s academic and scholarly interests.
For many students, the study of history is as boring as being lost in a cemetery: nothing but dates and dead people. Dry, meaningless, and useless. This seems odd when we consider how fascinating history can be! It’s about people, how they lived, what they believed, and what they did.
Author Stephen Mansfield says the difference between thinking of history as boring or fascinating is all decided by the worldview of its the students. Those who follow a materialistic, evolutionary philosophy believe that history controls the present and that God is irrelevant.
On the other hand, people of biblical faith believe that God has decided what the end of history will be from the beginning! We know that he has been drawing mankind through the ages toward a final destiny in His will. In this view, history is no longer the story of blind men groping in the dark, but the unfolding of a Divine destiny. This makes the subject a hopeful journey that has never gotten out of the Creator’s control.
About the Author
Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular speaker who works with leaders worldwide.
He first rose to global attention with his groundbreaking book The Faith of George W. Bush, a bestseller that Time magazine credited with helping shape the 2004 U.S. presidential election. The book was also a source for Oliver Stone’s award-winning film “W.” He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, Pope Benedict XVI, and Abraham Lincoln, among others.
Stephen’s humorous but fiery Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men has inspired men’s events around the world. His more recent The Miracle of the Kurds has been selected as “Book of the Year” by Rudaw, the leading Kurdish news service. As a result of this book, Mansfield has become a leading voice in support of the Kurds against the evils of ISIS in the Middle East. He has just released a book already being lauded for its timeliness: Ask the Question: Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity From Our Presidential Candidates.
Stephen speaks widely about men, leadership, faith, the lessons of history, and the forces that shape modern culture. He is also a much in-demand leadership and communications coach whose firm, The Mansfield Group, is located in Washington D. C.
Mansfield lives in Nashville and the nation’s capital with his wife Beverly, an award-winning songwriter and producer.