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A Spiritual Biography -- A Review. By Harold Ivan Smith. Westminster John Knox Press, Eleanor Roosevelt not only was the longest serving First Lady, but perhaps except for Hillary Clinton, she is surely the most influential First Lady in American History.

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Thus, she developed a keen sense of compassion for those on the margins. To her, all human beings, all, are the beloved children of God" p. That contributed to political instincts, that were much more progressive than even her husbands. Smith begins the biography with a chapter that paraphrases the title of an article that she wrote in for the magazine "Forum. To those of us who were brought up as Christians that standard is the life of Christ" p. In other words, she embraced orthopraxis over orthodoxy.

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She was also a strong advocate for Civil Rights, as seen in her support for the Tuskegee Airmen, that included going loiking with an African American pilot, to send the message of support to detractors. She was an early and outspoken advocate of ending segregation and the use of the Bible to defend it.

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She wrote in her "My Day" column in"I seem to remember in a book that many of us revere. Eleanor Roosevelt was just as active after her White House tenure as she was during that period. She remained active in politics and social justice efforts to the end, even when illness sapped her strength. She could not slow down, despite efforts to convince her otherwise. Rarely before his death had she the opportunity to be fully her own person.

No longer in the President's shadow, she became a powerful force, for good. Again, standing at the center of this life of service, was a strong faith. Smith does a very good Lady looking real sex Appling telling an important story. In the closing chapter, which focuses on her legacy, he asks the question of whether she was a saint.

He notes that she wouldn't have wanted that designation for herself, but none other than H.

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