March 11th, 2010 15:21 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Stephen Mansfield, Author of American Heroes
Stephen Mansfield believes that life ought to be lived passionately, adventurously and on a large scale. His own manner of living has certainly reflected this philosophy and it has made him the writer, the statesman, and the educator that he is.
Stephen was born in 1958 and grew up largely in Europe due to his father`s work as an intelligence officer in the United States Army. After a youth filled with sports, travel, and mischief, Stephen was recruited to play college football but turned down the opportunity when a religious conversion moved him to attend a Christian college.
He earned a Bachelor`s degree in history and philosophy and then moved to Texas where he pastored a church, completed two Master`s degrees, hosted a radio show and founded a nationwide network of agencies serving the poor. He moved to Tennessee in 1991 where he again pastored a church, worked extensively in Middle East politics, served as a political consultant, and completed a Doctorate.
It was during this time that he also launched the writing career for which he has become internationally known. His first book on Winston Churchill was a Gold Medallion Award Finalist. He also wrote widely-acclaimed biographies of Booker T. Washington and George Whitefield as well as a number of other books on history and leadership. In 1997, the Governor of Tennessee commissioned Mansfield to write the official history of religion in Tennessee for that state`s bicentennial.
In 2002, Stephen left the pastorate to write and lecture full-time while continuing to exert influence on the American political scene. Not long afterward, he wrote The Faith of George W. Bush, which spent many weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been credited with profoundly shaping public discourse on religion in America.
Mansfield followed this successful venture with The Faith of the American Soldier. To research this story of religion on the modern battlefield, Stephen received Pentagon permission to be embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq at the beginning of 2005. His experience at the frontlines and his research on faith among soldiers forms the core of this important book.
Stephen has also written a widely-praised book on the new pope entitled Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission. Mansfield is a Protestant with deep respect for the legacy of John Paul II and sought to explore how Joseph Ratzinger might fulfill this legacy in the years to come. Publishers Weekly has already called it "an inviting study of a new world leader."
Stephen is becoming one of the nation`s most sought after commentators and lecturers on matters of faith and American culture. He is also gaining a reputation as a thrilling motivational speaker who illustrates the principles of greatness with tales from leaders past and present. In addition, he as founded Chartwell Literary Group, a network of writers, researchers, and producers who help leaders impact culture largely through literature and film.
When he is not writing or lecturing, Stephen feeds his addiction to racquetball, reading and a good laugh with friends over something wonderful to eat. His lifestyle is testimony to this maxim: "Live every day as though it were your last, for one day you are sure to be right." He lives in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, just blocks from the beautiful Nashville library, the state capitol and, of course, a racquetball court.
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