Daily Thoughts from Our Founders

And Events from the Revolutionary War

Non-Fiction - Historical
428 Pages
Reviewed on 09/05/2019
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Daily Thoughts from Our Founders and Events from the Revolutionary War by Dwight Crisp is a book written in the spirit of daily devotionals, broken down into two sections per page, with each page designated to cover a single day of the year, including February 29th. The first section begins with a quote from one of the Founding Fathers, titled Thought from the Founders. The second section delivers a detailed historical reference of what occurred on that specific day of the year during the American Revolution, titled On This Day in the American Revolution. With meticulous research and detail, Crisp provides an inspiring and in-depth look at the values and actions that continue to carry through the thread of America even today.

Daily Thoughts from Our Founders and Events from the Revolutionary War is singular in its approach and format, and Dwight Crisp's compilation offers up bite-sized bits of Americana that are as stirring as they are unique. While most readers are likely accustomed to daily devotionals that are religious in context, Crisp has produced a patriotic devotional reminiscent of Leo Tolstoy's A Calendar of Wisdom, taking the powerful quotes of America's founders and adding a piece of history to it. This is a fantastic source that is actually quite difficult to take an entire year to read and I admit I devoured my first pass in just a few days. That said, the material—like America herself—is timeless...and the beauty of this devotional is that I will be able to read it afresh, a page a day as intended, for many years to come.

K.C. Finn

Daily Thoughts from Our Founders: And Events from the Revolutionary War is a work of non-fiction centered on the historical foundations of the modern United States of America, and was penned by author Dwight Crisp. The work is designed as a daily reader, which provides bite-sized historical information, stories and inspirational quotes from the original founders of America, who fought for more than six years to gain independence after breaking from British Colonial rule in the late 18th century. Each section contains an important quotation for consideration, taken directly from original documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution itself, with the aim of inspiring and educating modern Americans about patriotism and freedom.

Those seeking an inspirational and easy to digest moment from history every day could not do better than this excellent compilation by author Dwight Crisp. One of the beauties of the work is how easy it is to access, picking up a different day when you have five minutes free, and allowing your mind to travel back and contextualize those struggles from long ago. The work is intelligently arranged, and the stories and information taken from the Revolutionary War are harrowing, but not overly dramatic or gory in their presentation. Still, the scale of the struggle for independence is deeply felt on every page and paired with an excellent selection of ideas and quotes that build to an overall feeling of victory and freedom. Overall, I would definitely recommend Daily Thoughts from Our Founders: And Events from the Revolutionary War to anyone wanting to add a little more history to their lives.

Astrid Iustulin

If you like historical quotes and want to discover the events of the American Revolution quickly and easily, then Dwight Crisp’s Daily Thoughts from Our Founders is the book for you. It couples a thought and a fact for each day of the year, so you can decide to read a part of this book every day. Daily Thoughts from Our Founders is not the usual historical book. It is an easy read where the Founders’ words stand out, and where their love for freedom emanates from every page. You can understand the Founders’ principles, concerns, and hopes, and at the same time, you can learn some new events related to the Revolution.

Daily Thoughts from Our Founders is an inspiring read. Crisp’s research is accurate and interesting. From the quotes, you will understand the Founders’ spirit, their awareness of their mission, and their worries about what would result from their actions. This book is a tribute to political consciousness. If readers choose to read Daily Thoughts from Our Founders day after day, they will realize it much better. They will also be able to focus on a single event and remember it. Most importantly, this book makes you reflect on politics, and you can compare the Founders’ words and deeds with the contemporary state of politics. The sense and wish for freedom of the Founders’ quotes remind you of how good politics was in those days and how the concern for people was sincere. Perhaps reading this book will help each one of us to become a better citizen.