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They Came for Freedom

The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims
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A page-turning story of the Pilgrims, the courageous band of freedom-seekers who set out for a new life for themselves and forever changed the course of history.
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A page-turning story of the Pilgrims, the courageous band of freedom-seekers who set out for a new life for themselves and forever changed the course of history.

Once a year at Thanksgiving, we encounter Pilgrims as folksy people in funny hats before promptly forgetting them. In the centuries since America began, the Pilgrims have been relegated to folklore and children’s stories, fairy-tale mascots for holiday parties and greeting cards.

The true story of the Pilgrim Fathers could not be more different. Beginning with the execution of two pastors deviating from the Elizabethan Church of England, the Pilgrims’ great journey was one of courageous faith, daring escape, and tenuous survival. Theirs is the story of refugees who fled intense religious persecution; of dreamers who voyaged the Atlantic and into the unknown when all other attempts had led to near-certain death; of survivors who struggled with newfound freedom. Loneliness led to starvation, tension gave way to war with natives, and suspicion broke the back of the very freedom they endeavored to achieve.

Despite the pain and turmoil of this high stakes triumph, the Pilgrim Fathers built the cornerstone for a nation dedicated to faith, freedom, and thankfulness. This is the epic story of the Pilgrims, an adventure that laid the bedrock for the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and the American identity.

Contributor(s) Jay Milbrandt
About the Contributor(s) Jay Milbrandt

Jay Milbrandt is the author of The Daring Heart of David Livingstone and a professor at Bethel University in Minnesota.  He formerly directed the Global Justice Program and served as Senior Fellow in Global Justice with the Nootbaar Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law.  He has traveled throughout the world as a lawyer, managing global initiatives in Africa and Southeast Asia, and consulting with organizations engaged in human rights and legal development efforts.

ISBN-10 0718037855
ISBN-13 9780718037857
Release Date Oct 3, 2017
Weight (lbs) 1.0000
Height 9.30
Width 6.20
Length 320
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $24.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

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Review by Jordan
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[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook Bloggers/Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for an honest review.]

I could not put this book down. I was immediately captivated by the story of the Pilgrims and the journey that brought them from Europe to North America. Admittedly, I have unknowingly bought into the traditional myths associated with the Pilgrims for as long as I can remember, but this book was quite the educational course on the actual story. A brutal tale of religious conviction and religious persecution, of heartbreak and triumph, good intentions and evil ones, of God's providence, and so much more. I found myself often pulling away from the book and rhetorically saying to myself, "I can't believe this story is true." This was a fascinating book. So fascinating, in fact, that I completed reading it in less than 24 hours. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has any distinct interest in history. It was educational, it was enjoyable, and there are certainly things that the reader can learn from these men and women, both from their good and bad moral example. I think it should also spark some deeper questions for the reader regarding his/her own religious convictions, about some of the injustices that he/she reads about in the book, about God's providence, about his/her own prayer life, etc. For those of us whose heritage is likely tied, however loosely, to the characters in this book, I think They Came for Freedom ought to compel us towards honest self-reflection, asking ourselves the questions that a book like this forces us to grapple with. This is a valuable book, and I highly enjoyed it.  (Posted on 10/10/2017)

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