From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas comes If You Can Keep It, a new book that is part history and part manifesto, steeped in a critical analysis of our founding fathers' original intentions for America. Two hundred and forty years after the Declaration of Independence, it examines how we as a nation are living up to our founders' lofty vision for liberty and justice.
If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America's uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America's greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be. The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the "noble experiment in ordered liberty" that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten—and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms. Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom. It's time to reconnect to that idea before America loses the very foundation for what made it exceptional in the first place.
Praise for If You Can Keep It
“Everyone in every country, at every socioeconomic level, of every religious and secular persuasion, of every political bent, should read it. . . . It’s the book you must read this year.” —Martha Rogers, PhD, coauthor of Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage
“Eric Metaxas [is] one of our nation’s most brilliant and morally serious public intellectuals.” —Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University
“Irresistible . . . compellingly written . . . important. Not only should every American read it—they should then reread it aloud to their children and grandchildren.” —Dennis Prager
“Profound and thoroughly entertaining . . . This book has made me think in ways that I haven’t in years. Metaxas is a major writer. Not to be missed.” —Dick Cavett
“Eric Metaxas has done a great service to the country.” —Gregory Alan Thornbury, PhD, president of the King’s College, New York City
“A faith-based argument for American exceptionalism . . . that will appeal to Christian readers.” —Kirkus Reviews
Eric Metaxas has written numerous award-winning and best-selling children's books, as well as scripts for Veggietales Videos. A graduate of Yale University, his writing has been published in Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Books & Culture, and featured on Chuck Colson's Breakpoint Radio Program. He is a popular guest on various radio and television programs and lives in New York City
Author: Eric Metaxas