The First Thanksgiving
What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History
by Robert Tracy McKenzie
"By looking at the Pilgrims afresh, they come alive to remind us 'how we mean to live and do not yet live.'"
—Mark Galli, Christianity Today
The Pilgrims' celebration of the first Thanksgiving is a keystone of America's national and spiritual identity. Veteran historian Tracy McKenzie helps us to better understand the tale of America's origins and grasp the significance of this story and those like it.
"The two most important things we have forgotten about the Pilgrims are also the two most elementary: how they understood Thanksgiving, and what they meant when they called themselves 'pilgrims.'"
"McKenzie's book is both an engaging account of New England's first Thanksgiving and an excellent introduction to how to think both critically and constructively about history. Read what author George Marsden and others are saying about The First Thanksgiving.
More than with any other American holiday, we find in Thanksgiving the strands of national identity, religious heritage and historical memory, all inextricably interwoven.
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Five short videos on five big ideas about our perspective on the early settlers, the first thanksgiving and the meaning of history.
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I cannot recall ever reading a book quite like The First Thanksgiving. It is an entertaining retelling of a seminal moment in American history -- and a remarkable reflection on how Christians should handle history in general.
I highly recommend this book to any Christians interested in history – and perhaps even more so, to those Christians who are not interested in history except as a place to turn for ammunition in the latest culture wars.
By doing history with Christian sensibility McKenzie means that we relax our grasp on the truth and approach the past with a spirit of humility and charity.
Beyond the cultural myths, McKenzie’s First Thanksgiving roots the pilgrim’s perseverance in their trust in God’s covenantal relationship with them and all creation.
Thanks, professor, for ruining our national celebration of gluttony, liberty, and free enterprise.
The pilgrims' insistence on living a faith that could breathe freely no matter the cost or where it took them has much to teach us.
While McKenzie utilizes serious historical methodology in this book, the book is primarily a devotional Christian book.
Celebrate the fact that we are beginning to tell our history in an honest and inclusive way, because only by telling an honest and inclusive history can we have an honest and inclusive present.