Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Lincoln Hypothesis {Deseret Book Review}

 Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth US president during a very dark time in America's history. Author Timothy Ballard explores the crucial role that President Lincoln played to bring this nation closer to heaven. Readers will see Lincoln as a man inspired of God who invoked a covenant relationship between America and its maker—not unlike the national covenants invoked by righteous leaders in the Book of Mormon. In addition, The Lincoln Hypothesis reveals documented evidence that Abraham Lincoln did, in fact, check out the Book of Mormon as he struggled with making some of the most critical decisions of his presidency. Did he read it? Did it influence him? Was the Book of Mormon a key factor in Lincoln's success and the healing of a nation? 
The author states, "As you read, you will, like a prosecutor reviewing a case, or like a jury determining a verdict, identify valuable pieces of evidence that can be fully substantiated. You will also identify pieces of evidence that cannot. I ask you to consider all the evidence and weight it accordingly. Through this study, many questions regarding the interplay between the restored gospel and the Civil War will be answered. New questions may emerge that will not be so easily answered. Either way, in the end you will find yourself on a most exhilarating investigative journey."
I wasn't sure what to make of this book...I'm still not exactly sure what I make of it?  Did Lincoln read the Book of Mormon??  In his book, The Lincoln Hypothesis, author Timothy Ballard takes a look at the evidence that points to the idea that Abraham Lincoln did not only read the Book of Mormon, but that many of his leadership decisions were directly influenced by what he read.  Starting with the birth of our nation Ballard examines George Washington and how the country was founded to give us an idea of where nation started.  Then using first hand accounts from a prime witness, Lincoln's secretary of state, William Henry Seward, he investigate the leadership decisions that Lincoln makes comparing them with scriptures, stories and heroes from the Book of Mormon itself.  He also makes comparisons between Abraham of old and Abraham Lincoln himself demonstrating how he relied heavily on God to assist him in his life.  An easy to read, conversational tone makes this book easy to understand and a treat to read.  Not only do you learn a lot about our 16th president, you learn a lot of history about the church and what the nation was going through during this pivotal period in time.
Did Lincoln read the Book of Mormon?  I suppose we may never know for sure, but after reading through this book it may be easier for you to decide for yourself!  
About the Author: TIMOTHY BALLARD graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University in Spanish and political science, then went on to receive and MA (summa cum laude) in international politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Tim has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency as well as an agent for the Department of Homeland Security. He is also the author of The American Covenant: One Nation under God. He lives in Southern California with his wife and six children.
Disclaimer:  I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my very own.  Thank you Deseret Book!

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