The Soul of an American President: The Untold Story of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Faith

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While there have been many biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower that focus on his military career or the time of his presidency, none clearly explores the important role faith played both in his personal life and in his public policy. This despite the fact that he is the only US president to be baptized as a Christian while in office.

The book invites you on a journey that is unique in American history and is essential to understanding one of the most consequential, admired, and complex Americans of the 20th Century. The story begins in abject poverty in rural Texas, then travels through Kansas, West Point, two World Wars, and down Pennsylvania Avenue. This is the untold story of a man whose growing faith sustained him through the loss of a young son, marital difficulties, depression, career disappointments, and being witness to some of the worst atrocities humankind has devised. A man whose faith was based in his own sincere personal conviction, not out of a sense of political expediency or social obligation.

You’ve met Dwight Eisenhower the soldier and Dwight Eisenhower the president. Now meet Dwight Eisenhower the man of faith.

Reception and book signing to follow the event.


About the Author:

Alan Sears serves as Founder of Alliance Defending Freedom. As the first president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, Sears led all strategic initiatives from 1993-2017. He built an international team committed to a comprehensive legal strategy that includes training, funding, and legal advocacy—resulting in important roles in 52 landmark victories at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The National Law Journal reported, “ADF’s undefeated record at the Supreme Court in the last five years is unmatched by any other litigant that has argued at least four cases, according to an analysis by Empirical SCOTUS. ADF has argued nine times before the high court in the last seven years and won every time, including twice last year.”

Beginning with the launch of ADF in 1994, Sears provided strategic leadership in the recruiting and training of over 2,000 lawyers from 44 countries through the one-of-a-kind Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy. These attorneys have reported more than $210 million in pro- bono/dedicated time. Sears’ visionary efforts also resulted in the graduation of more than 2,100 outstanding law students—representing 227 schools and 21 countries—from the world-class Blackstone Legal Fellowship leadership-training program. ADF has offices in Mexico City, Brussels, Geneva, London, Strasbourg, and Vienna, an affiliate in New Delhi, and at the United Nations in New York and Geneva and has won 14 cases at the International Court of Human Rights.

He served in numerous positions within the Reagan and Bush administrations for the Departments of Justice and Interior. A graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and the University of Kentucky, Sears has continued his education with professional instruction at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Pepperdine University, and most recently earned a certificate in Catholic Social Doctrine from the Catholic University of America.

He has received many awards and honors. In 2017, Pope Francis knighted Alan Sears and his wife, Paula, into the Order of St. Gregory the Great, the highest honor that the Pope bestows upon laity.

In addition, he served for almost a combined 30 years with various local Parish and Diocese of Phoenix entities and school boards as well as chairing Catholic Education Arizona.

Sears has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and has been profiled extensively by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Arizona Republic, and National Catholic Register. He has co-authored several books including The Soul of an American President: The Untold Story of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Faith with Craig Osten.



“In The Soul of an American President, Alan Sears and Craig Osten reveal the fascinating spiritual history of a man who had to overcome daunting challenges, tragedy, and personal crises to ultimately become one of the nation’s most admired presidents. This inspiring and compelling book provides a new and more complete understanding of the inspiration and fundamental beliefs that led Eisenhower from a humble beginning to true greatness.”–Edwin Meese III, 75th Attorney General of the United States, former counselor to the president, and chief of staff for Governor Ronald Reagan

“The best leaders are those who recognize that they’re not self-sufficient. The bigger the decision, the more we must rely on God for wisdom. Dwight Eisenhower learned that as a general and applied it as a president, quietly seeking insight through prayer, Bible reading, and godly counsel. That’s a recipe for success at any level.”–Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

“Dwight Eisenhower is remembered as a man skilled in the arts of both war and peace, a leader whose instinctive civility is sorely missed in an age of bitter political acrimony. Biographers have captured many of Ike’s finest qualities, but they often overlook one of the cornerstones of his character: his guiding faith in a provident God. Alan Sears and Craig Osten have added that final, essential element to our understanding of the man in their superb and engaging book.”–Charles J. Chaput, OFMCap, archbishop of Philadelphia

“There are several fine biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower. But until now, we lacked a biography zeroing in on the president and great war leader’s spiritual life. Kudos to Alan Sears, Craig Osten, and Ryan Cole for filling that gap. In The Soul of an American President, they provide a window into Ike’s life as a man of faith and explore the manifold ways his Christian convictions shaped the conduct of his presidency.”–Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University