The American Covenant (Vol. 2)
The American Covenant (Vol. 2)
The Constitution, the Civil War, and Our Fight Today
The American Covenant series consists of two parts. Volume 1 tells the covenant story from the time of Abraham to America's discovery through the Revolutionary War. Volume 2 picks up at the end of the Revolution and takes us through the creation of the Constitution, the tragedy of the Civil War and on through to the present day.
In this volume, you'll learn how President Lincoln checked out a copy of the Book of Mormon for 2 weeks and kept if for 7 months—the same period of time that he later referred to as his "time of crystallization." Discover this and many more extraordinary insights into the Lincoln administration and how God molded that president to do the work he did.
Since another book by the same author—The Covenant: One Nation Under God—was featured on The Glenn Beck Program, many people have asked how that book differs from this series (The American Covenant, Volumes 1 and 2).
This series is the author's original work containing his initial research across the grand span of American history. Written from a decidedly Latter-day Saint viewpoint, this series appeals directly to people of that faith. However, the author maintains the message does not belong to any one denomination. Rather, it is a human story that belongs to all people and it is uniquely American.
Ballard's other book was written to a broader Judeo-Christian audience and is entirely historical and biblical.
Have you ever wondered why similar spiritual feelings permeate your soul whether you are reading the powerful words of the ancient Nephite commander Moroni or General George Washington? Or why your eyes get equally misty, and your heart similarly joyous, whether you are singing The Spirit of God or The Star Spangled Banner? Yes, you know this is a "choice land" given by God, but have you ever considered that perhaps there is a deeper connection—even deeper than you ever imagined—between Heaven and America?
This book promises to open your eyes to this deeper connection. You will learn how and why ancient prophets—from Jacob (Israel), Joseph, Daniel, Jeremiah and Isaiah—foresaw the United States and knew of its divine ordination. Besides the advent of the Messiah, there were few things that almost all ancient prophets saw. America was one of them! More astonishing, perhaps, is the idea that the fathers of this nation—from the Pilgrims to the revolutionaries, to the patriots of the Civil War—knew they had been seen by the ancients!
Why else did the early settlers insist they were the "New Israel"? Why was George Washington's scripture of choice an Old Testament prophecy about the gospel destiny of America? Why did John Adams seek a "Restoration"? And why did Jefferson directly prophecy that it would occur shortly after his death and that it would land upon the foundation of the Constitution? Why (and how) did Abraham Lincoln, like a prophet of old, fulfill ancient and modern prophecy? And how did God prepare him for the work he accomplished? You will learn why history has repeated itself in the founding of latter-day Israel, and why the Founding Fathers felt such a profound connection (in life and death) to "temple" worship.
These are but samples of the many puzzle pieces that, when properly assembled, reveal the true nature and purpose of America. Other evidences include:
- symbolic images on our dollar bill
- miracles in war
- a prophet's warning
- a president's prayer
- scriptures with cryptic meaning hiding in plain sight
- pieces, clues, words, and symbols that actually fit perfectly together.
Upon finishing this book, you will ask, how did I not see all this before?
The key to assembling the pieces, to solving the puzzle, and to understanding the miracles, is found in an ancient promise from the God who created this nation. It is found in the American Covenant.
By rereading American history in light of the Restoration, Ballard has given readers a clear path to follow in understanding just how God has guided history, resulting in the ushering in of the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. -Jeffrey Needle, Book Review Editor, The Association for Mormon Letters
About the author
Timothy Ballard graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University in Spanish and Political Science, then went on to receive a MA (Summa Cum Laude) in International Politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Tim has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security. Then went on to found Operation Underground Railroad to rescue trafficked children.