For many years, Tess McDaniels has worked as Stephen Mansfield’s executive assistant. There was nothing he was involved in that she did not quickly master and improve. She is beloved at Mansfield Group but we knew this day would come: Tess and her family are leaving to do relief work in an undisclosed part of the world. Stephen has said that he feels the same way a Jewish woman once described she felt as her son was going off to college. ”She chased him down the road shouting ‘Go on!’ but she also kept chasing him. I guess this is how we all feel when someone we love leaves for what we are thrilled they get to do. Excitement and heartbreak all at the same time. ‘Go on!’ and ‘My God, you’re leaving!’”
Tess, we love you.
New York Times bestselling author Stephen Mansfield is now an official blogger for the Huffington Post. He will write about faith and culture, which is both his academic field and the main theme of his award-winning books. Mansfield has been asked to blog by a number of other news organizations but chose the Huffington Post because it was broader in reach than most media firms. There is a gay section of HuffPo, for example, and bloggers about religion include Hindus and even Wiccans. Stephen likes this vast marketplace of ideas and loves the thrust and parry of learned writers. Readers will see a new Mansfield blog every two weeks and these blogs will also be available on this site.
Stephen Mansfield has written a bestselling book about Barack Obama’s faith. Now that faith is a presidential campaign issue. He has a written a book about the pope and the Roman Catholic Church. Now American Catholics are at war with the Obama administration over abortion and birth control. He has written about conservatives like George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, and Tom DeLay. Now conservatism is reasserting itself in American politics. And he is currently writing a book on Mormons in America and just when leading news magazines have proclaimed our time a “Mormon Moment in America.” Stephen did not create these trends, of course, but his writing and speaking is timely in a way rare among authors. This cutting edge nature of his writing and commentary is creating a huge demand for his speeches and for his appearances in news media. For more information, contact The Mansfield Group here.
Stephen’s new weekly podcast is becoming very popular around the world. Each week we hear from dozens of people outside of the United States who are learning from and enjoying Stephen’s weekly ten-minute discussions of history, theology, contemporary issues and fun stuff. Recent topics have included Stephen’s favorite new books of 2011, coaching for writers, the question of whether Mormonism is a cult and how to understand the constitutional ban on “religious tests.” You can listen for yourself and then subscribe to the Mansfield Podcast by clicking on the blue/green bar above.
Stephen Mansfield has two new books out recently, one on Oprah Winfrey and one on Barack Obama. The book on Oprah Winfrey—entitled Where Has Oprah Taken Us: The Religious Impact of the World’s Most Famous Woman—is already out and climbing bestseller lists. The book on Obama—an updated and expanded version of the international bestseller The Faith of Barack Obama—is coming out in late November. Interestingly, though both books are about influential African-American leaders in our generation, the book on Oprah is about a woman who has rejected biblical Christianity in favor of a self-empowering mysticism and the book on Obama is about a man schooled in theological liberalism who is now turning toward a more traditional Christian faith. In the new Obama book, Mansfield even includes details like copies of the devotional emails the president receives daily on his Blackberry. The two books represent two fascinating tales about two very different religious journeys in our time.
Two new books by Stephen Mansfield will be releasing this fall. The first is his eagerly anticipated Where Has Oprah Taken Us: The Religious Impact of the World’s Most Famous Woman. You can see the cover of this book and read Stephen’s description of its themes here. A bit later in the fall, the updated and expanded version of The Faith of Barack Obama will be released. In this new version of the 2008 international bestseller, Stephen offers insight into what has been happening in the president’s religious life—and, be assured, it isn’t what you might expect! Watch for Mansfield’s major media appearances about both of these important new books.
Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, has named Stephen Mansfield a Distinguished Alumnus for 2011. Stephen earned one of his degrees, a Masters in the fields of history and public policy, at Abilene Christian in 1988. “It was one of the finest experiences of my life academically,” Stephen has said. “I had never been affiliated with the Churches of Christ but ACU welcomed me, put me in lecture halls with eminent scholars, and worked me hard. I’ve benefited from that training ever since.” An awards event will be held in Nashville later this year.
Chartwell Literary Group, a creation of The Mansfield Group, is currently planning a writer’s conference. The conference will be held over several days in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, and will include sessions on the craft of writing in general, on writing non-fiction, on the arts of social media for writers, and on practical matters like publishing trends, agents, and writing for social impact. Keep logging onto MansfieldGroup.com for more information about this flagship conference.
Stephen Mansfield’s The Faith of Barack Obama is one of the five Christian books that have most affected congressional policy-making, according to survey results announced on March 3. Conducted by Shiel & Denver Book Publishers, the survey lists Mansfield’s groundbreaking book on President Obama’s religious views as number 1 on a list of five books that have shaped congressional decision making. Mansfield is currently updating and expanding this international bestseller for release in early 2012. Read more about the Shiel & Denver survey here.
When Stephen Mansfield wrote his The Search for God and Guinness, he had no idea how popular the book would be. It has generated more Internet buzz and reviews on Amazon.com than nearly any of his other books and it is selling very well. It has also generated speaking. Stephen has spoken about the principles of Guinness success and social impact to organizations that range from brewer’s associations to universities to leading corporations. His creative Keynote presentation (the Mac version of PowerPoint) has been a great hit, as well, and highlights the principles and heritage Stephen presents so passionately.
To contact The Mansfield Group about booking Stephen for a speech, write us at BookingStephen@MansfieldGroup.com or Info@MansfieldGroup.com.
In 2008, just as that year’s historic presidential election was heating up, Stephen released his book, The Faith of Barack Obama. It proved to be an international bestseller and was praised for its objectivity and its thoroughness in exploring Obama’s non-traditional Christianity. Now, two years later, Stephen is updating this important book. He believes that what Barack Obama is doing in the presidency is an outworking of his faith and he believes that Americans need to understand Obama’s brand of theological liberalism in order to understand not only his presidency but the way America is moving in his theological direction. This update will be based upon interviews with leading politicians and religious leaders, and hopefully upon an interview with the president himself. The book should be out early in 2012.
Keeping up with Stephen is not easy, but here’s an update. Stephen is currently writing a book on Oprah Winfrey’s religious impact on America and at the same time he is doing a wide variety of media to promote the book he co-wrote with David Holland, The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin. Perhaps you’ve seen him on CNN, Fox, CBN or ABC discussing this new book. Meanwhile, he is completing his year-end schedule of speeches, which includes a corporate event in Jacksonville, Florida, and a lecture on current trends in Washington DC. Early next year, he and Bev will travel to Guam and the Philippines before Stephen goes to Peru to help with the upcoming presidential election there. When he is home, he will be writing two books, one on strong manhood drawn from great men of history and one on a contemporary culture shaper. He will also be working with a short list of clients, helping them hone their speaking skills and craft their message in their field.
The best way to stay up with Stephen other than these updates is on Twitter. You can follow him at @MansfieldWrites.
Increasingly, the work of the Mansfield Group is taking the form of seminars for strategic education. For businesses, churches, schools, military installations and non-profit organizations, Mansfield Group is becoming an outsourced continuing education department providing the strategic training necessary for impact upon our times. Recent seminars we have conducted include Islam 101, The Leadership Pillars of Winston Churchill, Lessons of Corporate Greatness from the Guinness Story, New Testament Blowout and Finding Your Voice: The Keys of Speaking Powerfully. If we can help you with this service of the Mansfield Group, please let us know.
Thomas Nelson’s exciting new series of biographies entitled “The Generals” is now starting to appear in stores. Stephen Mansfield is the general editor of this series, which begins with a volume about George Patton and a volume about Robert E. Lee. Many more biographies will release over the next three years, including treatments of Sherman, Washington, MacArthur, Pershing, Jackson, and more. Mansfield has said in interviews, “I think readers are going to find this series to be thrilling reads combined with historical mastery. Our writers are among the best in the field and man can they write!”
The Global Leadership Development Fund, a new foundation started by Stephen and Beverly Mansfield, is drawing widespread support. The foundation is devoted to funding leadership training abroad and is already being asked to serve in a number of foreign countries. To see how you can help support the work of the The Global Leadership Development Fund, click on that name on the Our Firm menu of this site.