“The Man in the Middle” – My Good Friend’s New Book
I’m thrilled to tell you that my good friend, Mr. Timothy Goeglein, with whom I have enjoyed working closely over the years, has written a book: The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era. You can place an order for it via Amazon. Be sure to watch the video preview below. Tim’s book will be available starting on September 15.
Timothy S. Goeglein is vice president of External Relations for Focus on the Family, lobbying for the Colorado-based organization’s pro-family causes in Washington, D.C. He served as deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison under President George W. Bush for nearly eight years. Goeglein and his wife have two sons. I would be remiss if I did not also point out that Tim was a key leader in the President’s Commission on the Sanctify of Human Life for many years, under the LCMS Presidency of Dr. A.L. Barry and was instrumental in obtaining for us a talented writer to help us draft what I believe to be, to this day, one of the very finest statements on the sanctity of life produced for English speaker: That They May Have Life. That writer was Michael Gerson, who went on to become President Bush’s speech writer.
Tim has served our nation in many capacities, and weathered a personal crisis in a way that was so admirable for the manner in which he dealt with a failure in an honest and open manner, a very Christian manner. Read the first chapter of his book and you will understand what I’m talking about. Link here.
Here is the publisher’s description of Tim’s book.
Timothy Goeglein spent nearly eight years in the White House as President George W. Bush’s key point of contact to American conservatives and the faith-based world and was frequently profiled in the national news media. But when a plagiarism scandal prompted his resignation, Goeglein chose not to dodge it but confront it, and was shown remarkable grace by the president. In fact, Bush showed more concern for Goeglein and his family than any personal political standing. So begins The Man in the Middle, Goeglein’s unique insider account of why he believes most of the 43rd president’s in-office decisions were made for the greater good, and how many of those decisions could serve as a blueprint for the emergence of a thoughtful, confident conservatism. From a fresh perspective, Goeglein gives behind-the-scenes accounts of key events during that historic two-term administration, reflecting on what was right and best about the Bush years. He was in Florida for the 2000 election recount, at the White House on 9/11, and watched Bush become a reluctant but effective wartime president.
Goeglein, now the vice president with Focus on the Family, also looks back at how Bush handled matters like stem cell research, faith-based initiatives, the emergence of the Values Voters, the nominations of both Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito-in which Goeglein had a direct role-and debates over the definition of marriage.
In all, The Man in the Middlebacks historians who view the legacy of President George W. Bush in a favorable light, recognizing his conservative ideas worth upholding in order to better shape our nation and change the world.