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Mr. President, The Class Is Yours: Jimmy Carter's Sunday School Lessons in Washington, D.C.

Christi Harlan

Between stints as a Sunday School teacher at Plains Baptist Church and Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States and-on at least 17 Sunday mornings-the leader of Bible study with the Couples Class at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C.


For the first time, the 14 known recordings of President Carter's Sunday School lessons are transcribed here in Mr. President, The Class Is Yours and introduced with the historical context of the issues confronting the President outside the church walls-from the collapse of the toxic Love Canal to the near meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the 444-day captivity of hostages in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.


In his Sunday School lessons, President Carter rarely mentioned current events. Belying the cares of his office, Carter's words show him to be a consummate Bible teacher, deeply knowledgeable about the scriptural text and adept at uncovering practical applications within each text. At the same time, the President was personable, engaging and frequently humorous.


Whether you're a Bible student, a historian or simply an admirer of Jimmy Carter, each of the lessons in this book contains a gem of insight into a great Sunday School teacher who just happened to have a terrible day job.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Christi Harlan Media LLC
  • Publish Date: Apr 15th, 2024
  • Pages: 276
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.62in - 0.90lb
  • EAN: 9798990226302
  • Categories: Biblical Studies - Bible Study GuidesBiblical Criticism & Interpretation - GeneralChristian Education - General

About the Author

Harlan, Christi: - Christi Harlan is a writer and communications consultant in Washington, D.C. During a 20-year journalism career, her articles appeared on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News and the Austin American-Statesman. After leaving newspapers, she held top communications jobs at the Senate Banking Committee, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. She served as a volunteer and consultant in public affairs with the American Red Cross, reporting on responses to natural disasters from hurricane Katrina to tornadoes in Enterprise, Alabama, and Joplin, Missouri.In August 1993, Christi joined the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., where her journalism skills of taking notes and writing were suited to years of service as church clerk and volunteer communications director. She is owned by two cats.

Praise for this book

"I knew all about Jimmy Carter teaching Sunday School before he was President, and I knew all about him teaching after he was President, but I knew nothing about him teaching while he was President."

-Tony Clark

Public Affairs Director

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum


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