Blaze Books sat down with Pastor David Barton, the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family institution, and frequent guest and sometimes co-host of the Glenn Beck program to get his recommendations on books for the holiday season. Pastor Barton's list is one of multiple contributions to come as part of a series in which we asked a number of religious leaders for their recommendations. Below are his selections. Be sure to check out Rabbi Daniel Lapin's recommendations if you missed the first part of our series.
1. Ben Hur by Lew Wallace
2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
3. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
4. Constitution Alive! by Rick Green
5. And Then They Prayed: Moments in American History Impacted by Prayer by Barry Loudermilk
6. Bonus #1: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
7. Bonus #2: Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.
WallBuilders is a name taken from the Old Testament writings of Nehemiah, who led a grassroots movement to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore its strength and honor. In the same way, WallBuilders seeks to energize the grassroots today to become involved in strengthening their communities, states, and nation.
David is the author of numerous best-selling books, with the subjects being drawn largely from his massive library of tens of thousands of original writings from the Founding Era. He also addresses well over 400 groups each year.
His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues and he serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, was involved in the development of the History/Social Studies standards for states such as Texas and California, and has helped produce history textbooks now used in schools across the nation.
A national news organization has described him as "America's historian," and Time Magazine called him "a hero to millions - including some powerful politicians. In fact, Time Magazine named him as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals.
David has received numerous national and international awards, including Who's Who in Education, DAR's Medal of Honor, and the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. His work in media has merited several Angel Awards, Telly Awards, and the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval.
David and his wife Cheryl have three grown children, Damaris, Timothy, and Stephen, and they reside in Aledo, TX.