In the first hour today Penna Dexter chats with Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade about his book, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History.
In the second hour, author and speaker, Jeff Anderson joins us to talk about his book, Divine Applause: Secrets and Rewards of Walking with an Invisible God.
Brian has written three books, two of which were New York Times best sellers, ”The Games Do Count”, “It’s How You Play the Game” and most recently “George Washington’s Secret Six” co- written with Don Yaeger. His fourth and recently published book is “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates” and here he also teams up with Yaeger.
He currently resides in Massapequa, NY with his wife and three kids. When he is not working, you can often catch him on the soccer field watching or coaching. He graduated from LIU-CW Post with a BA in Communications in 1986 where he also played soccer.
When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford.
Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy—at least not while easy money could be made by extorting the Western powers. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy’s new warships and a detachment of Marines to blockade Tripoli—launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America’s journey toward future superpower status.
Divine Applause weaves together biblical insights and personal stories that illustrate the surprising ways God connects with us. Let Jeff Anderson show you how to use your spiritual senses to experience God.
You don’t have to settle for a distant walk with God. He wants you to know that He notices—and that He delights in you.