If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas 

About The Author

Eric Metaxas earned a degree as an English major from Yale University. That clearly means that he is living with a thesaurus inside of his mind while you and I would need that in written form, beside us, while we read. Please do not let that stop you from engaging with his material. While his books may not seem like modern day prophecy, I believe most of Eric’s works are prophetic and in need of reading by all Americans.  Similar in approach to when Jonah finally went to Nineveh, Eric writes in a prophetic voice, it seems, to only warn the United States of certain destruction. He does little by way of calling attention to himself as a prophet. Now, onto If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty


If You Can Keep It is a book full of stories of American heroes and heroism. From learning about the “Idea of America” to the Golden Triangle of Freedom the reader is rocketed back into the 17 and 1800’s. You will read stories of Nathan Hale, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, George Whitfield and many more. The title: If You Can Keep It is taken from an answer that Benjamin Franklin responded when asked the question by a certain Mrs. Powell. After Franklin emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia she asked: “What have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” To which Franklin responded: “A republic, madam-if you can keep it.”

Worship Publishing Recommendation

If You Can Keep It is a “must read” in our opinion. America is in danger of becoming so “in name only.” We have forgotten what has made our country great by replacing individuality as a common goal. Nathan Hale gave up his life in saying: “I regret that I have but one life to give.” George Whitfield spent the majority of his days preaching two times a day during the week and four times on Sunday, all in open air auditoriums, being rejected by the clergy of his day, yet preaching to over 80% of the colonial population. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson are considered today to be some of the least “religious” of the founding fathers, but one quick glance at just about any of their writings would prove that they had more of an understanding of God than some preachers do today. Os Guinness, one of Eric’s friends and a great thinker, reminds us all of the Golden Triangle of Freedom that most of us should have learned in secondary school but did not. Freedom requires virtue: virtue requires faith: faith requires freedom. Possibly the main point of the entire book is this: self government is self government. When people choose to behave in a way that honors their fellow man and follow the law of the land, self government can exist. There is much, much more in this book, we hope you will check it out.

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