October 8, 2008

Patriotic Grace

So, I've heard about this book from a variety of places and I decided to buy it yesterday. And I finished it this morning. I think Noonan was a speech writer for Ronald Regan and now writes for the Washington Post. It was really insightful and really made me think about what is necessary - what we have to do as the people of the United States of America to move forward.

Much of her argument is that we had the opportunity to really come together as a nation after 9/11, and for a while we did and we saw in the midst of one of our greatest tragedies our greatest glory. We helped one another out. We demonstrated what Americans were about. And we promised to never forget.

But she talks about actions in the years since then - and some of it she places on carelessness within the administration, but also in the fingerpointing of congress - that have ripped our nation in two. Her book is called patriotic grace because she believes we need to find the maturity and grace to not only listen to and treat others with respect, but also have the grace enough to ask for help when we need it.

I want to post a few thoughts on particular sections of the book in the next week or so, but at least want to get my ideas started.

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?


  1. I really enjoy Peggy Noonan. We studied her in my Advanced Speech Writing class in college. Great find, isn't she?

    Okay, I have to brag a second, because I think you'll appreciate this. I got to have lunch with Jim Wallis!!!