A fascinating and well-argued book that adds a vital, missing component to understanding Churchill. As a lifelong admirer who as a boy met Churchill and who has read widely on his life, I was curious to know what Sandys and Henley would present as evidence. I was not only convinced but delighted at the realism and relevance of their portrayal of Churchill. He emerges as anything but ardently religious, but he was more personally aware of his destiny and more biblically literate and attuned to the Christian worldview and Christian civilization than many Christians today.
What a wonderfully enthusiastic book, written with the insights of a great-grandson of Winston Churchill who understands his great ancestor in unique and special ways. Jonathan is a fine Christian who grasps the spiritual dimensions of Churchill’s life and the struggle against the pure evil of Nazi tyranny. How fabulous, too, to see Churchill’s godly Christian nanny, Elizabeth Everest, given her true place in her charge’s life. And there is no doubt: It was Churchill as prime minister in 1940 who not only saved Britain from defeat but saved Christian civilization itself, as Jonathan and Wallace make so very clear. This is a book for Christians as well as for Churchill enthusiasts. Thank God for Jonathan’s ministry and historical perspective.
A graphic portrayal of the life and legacy of Winston Churchill, with emphasis on his guiding belief in divine providence. Long before “the clash of civilizations” had become a common term, Churchill knew what it meant and spent his life defending the civilization so decisively shaped by the Christian faith. A fascinating study!
Having witnessed firsthand how God moves to influence major events in the world for the good of his people, I cannot imagine anyone better suited to tell the story of God’s work in the life and times of Churchill than Churchill’s own flesh and blood. Jonathan Sandys brings an unparalleled vibrancy and perspective on the great man and his times. He and Wallace Henley have artfully woven together the best-known and most obscure pieces of history to present the beautiful and compelling tapestry that is God and Churchill. An absolute must-read.
Great leaders, and the times and circumstances in which they served, have long fascinated me. Winston Churchill has been of special interest to me for many years. I have read books about the British wartime leader, but they always seem to leave out a critical element. But Jonathan Sandys and Wallace Henley have captured it in this book. At last we have a detailed presentation not only of Churchill’s legendary exploits but also of the inner dynamic that compelled him with a vision for “Christian civilization” and an iron will to defend it at all costs. Sandys and Henley, to use a Churchillian idea, have brought the inspiration and lessons of the past into our present for the sake of the future. This is a must-read for our critical times.
I have known four generations of the Churchill family. The noblest remaining of that family is Jonathan Sandys. He has both the vision and the voice to carry forth the legacy of his great-grandfather and is well worthy to offer this account of Churchill’s life and faith. God and Churchill has earned a place next to the greatest of books ever written on the master statesman.
Sandys, a great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, is an international public speaker on Churchill’s life, times, and leadership skills. Henley was a White House congressional aide, journalist, and columnist, and he serves at Second Baptist Church in Houston, TX. Together, this writing duo creates a robust picture of Churchill as a boy, young adult, politician, leader, and a man of strong faith values. Readers will delightfully discover much they have never known about Churchill. Neglectful parents scarred Churchill’s childhood. He didn’t naturally succeed at every level, but he is described as having a sense of destiny from early on, which drove him to never give up. As the text progresses, the focus shifts to Churchill’s religious convictions and how they deeply influenced the way he conducted his life. Throughout this meaty primer on Churchill’s personal beliefs and public life, there are countless intersections where he made tough choices based on Christian principles. The authors conclude their study of Churchill by offering his practical recommendations on sound leadership characteristics for today’s readers. Benefiting from Sandys’ intimate knowledge of Churchill’s life and Henley’s fine journalistic acumen for convincing facts, this is an excellent read.
Winston Churchill was the greatest leader of the 20th century, and yet he never stood alone. Churchill understood what many of his biographers have not—that he was driven by an unshakable confidence in God’s providence in his life and destiny, and in the destiny of the cause he so bravely defended. In this book, Churchill’s great-grandson, Jonathan Sandys, and an experienced student of political leadership, Wallace Henley, clarify what so many other biographers of Churchill have confused. Churchill believed that he was defending nothing less than Christian civilization, and he believed that God was on his side. Readers of this book will wholeheartedly agree.