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Praise for They Came for Freedom
“C. S. Lewis spoke of the counsel of the past as 'the clean sea breeze of the centuries.’ Jay Milbrandt turns us fully into those breezes with his stirring retelling of the Pilgrim story. How desperately we need both the historian’s craft and heroic tale found in these pages.”
—Stephen Mansfield, New York Times bestselling author
“Weaving together religious conviction, moral fortitude, and adventure narrative, They Came for Freedom is a gripping story of faith and survival. Jay Milbrandt reminds us of this important piece of world history and how it shaped the founding of our nation. This remarkable work is a gripping reminder of why our families gather together every November to give thanks for all that we have and for those who have come before us.”
—Kenneth W. Starr, former US solicitor general and federal judge
“Just brilliant—history so alive you feel it and so profound you can’t miss the importance of it. Jay has done it again.”
—Johnnie Moore, founder, The KAIROS Company
About the Book
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.
About the Author
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.