Why Trump Supports Public Prayer More Than Recent Presidents

Why Trump Supports Public Prayer More Than Recent Presidents

Listen as host Stephen Strang is interviewed on the American Adversaries Radio Network. Hear him discuss why Donald Trump supports public prayer more than any other president in recent history.

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Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Listen as host Stephen Strang is interviewed on the American Adversaries Radio Network. Hear him discuss why Donald Trump supports public prayer more than any other president in recent history.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: This is Stephen Strang. I want to introduce my listeners to Charisma magazine if you don't already get it. Or if you do get it, you could respond to this special offer and we will continue your subscription into the future. The offer is to give you both of my books on Donald Trump: God and Donald Trump and the new one. Trump Aftershock. These are a value of just less than $50 plus two years of Charisma, which costs around $40. You can get the whole package for only $39. Let me repeat, you get both of my best-selling books, and two years of Charisma for only $39. All you have to do is go to this site: Trumpbooks.charismamag.com. I hope that you'll take advantage of it because it's a good offer. It's my way to try to connect you with Charisma, and also get more copies of my book out there. Thank you for listening to the Strang Report. And here's my episode:

 

·         Read the Strang Report: Why Donald Trump Supports Public Prayer More Than Any President in Recent History

 

Stephen Strang: As a Christian journalist, I've had the opportunity to interview many people and also, because of Charisma magazine, I've been able to write about what has gone on in my life. But rarely do I actually get interviewed about myself. Hello, everyone. This is Stephen Strang and welcome to the Strang Report. I have done some media having to do with God and Donald Trump and Trump Aftershock. From time to time, I will share them on my podcast because I think they're interesting. Recently I was on a radio program here in Orlando called American Adversaries Radio. The host is Christopher Hart and he's got a couple of friends that are on the show with him. They are strong for patriotism and strong for the right kind of values. They heard about my book and they wanted to have me on. We ended up talking a little bit about Steve Strang. So, I thought that you might enjoy this clip. It is only part of the show, which was over an hour long. So, I'm going to do one show today and one show again tomorrow because I thought you would be interested in finding this out. They asked me some background questions. I talk a little bit about the book that we did, called The Faith of George W. Bush, which actually kind of set up and gave us the idea for a book on Donald Trump. I talked a little bit about my early years in the newspaper and going to University of Florida during the Vietnam War era, and I hope that you enjoy it. It's a lively conversation.

Christopher Hart: Normally we might go into some of the day's news, but I want to go right to our guest here today and we'll go into some of the day's news with our guest. He is an author, he's written excellent books about Donald Trump and the phenomena, you might say, of Donald Trump's presidency. He's written the book God and Donald Trump. And by the way, the foreword is by Governor Mike Huckabee. Then he also has written as a subsequent book, Trump Aftershock. I love the subtitle, The President's Seismic Impact on Culture and Faith in America, and the foreword by Jerry Falwell Jr.

Stephen Strang: I've been listening to WTLN ever since I moved to Orlando.

Christopher Hart: Of course, that's one of our sister stations here 950 on your AM dial. It is all Christian-oriented broadcasting. And by the way, currently, you're also publishing Charisma magazine. Yes, you introduced me as an author. I'm really a publisher. I've published over 3,000 books. But you know, isn't it interesting you write a book and, you know, everybody pays attention. I mean, not that that was my goal. But normally I would get an idea for a book. Of course, I have a whole team that comes up with them, but obviously I come up with ideas, too. I did in 2003 got an idea for a book that we called The Faith of George W. Bush. We went out and recruited an author, Stephen Mansfield. He wrote it. We got it out exactly one year before the election. It was not an election book. It was it was sort of the untold story of George W. Bush's faith. He was very, very quiet about that. He did not wear it on his sleeve at all. When he ran in 2000, there was no feeling among, let me call them evangelical Christians; born-again, church going Christians that he was one of us. There was just none. It was just unspoken. But that book sold half a million copies well. One of the major news magazines actually credited it with …  don't think they were speaking of hyperbole, but they actually credited it with waking up the evangelical community to back him the second time around. So, you know, we did not want to do the faith of Barack Obama book. Another publisher did and the book was totally forgotten as far as I know. But with Donald Trump, I thought, hey, we need to do a book the faith of Donald J. Trump, which somebody also said would be a very short book. But instead of hiring a writer, I decided I'm going to do this myself. And you know, if you're interested, we can go into why.

Christopher Hart: I want to do that, and then real quick, you were an investigative reporter, were you not, for a time?

Stephen Strang: Yes, I worked for the Orlando Sentinel, believe it or not. Actually, it was called The Sentinel Star. When I worked for it, it was that long ago. It was my first job. I thought I'd live in Orlando for maybe a year or two. I really wanted to work for the Miami Herald, which was much more prestigious, at least back in that day. You know, I'm a lifelong Orlandoan and I bought my grave site, so I guess I'll be here forever.

Christopher Hart: The reason I bring that up is that not only is it obviously add to your credibility, but it indicates you have this curiosity to look into things like this and that's what led you to want to write this book about Donald Trump.

Stephen Strang: I've been interested in politics since Barry Goldwater ran. I wasn't very old, but that's when I started kind of paying attention. And then, of course, Richard Nixon, and I went to the University of Florida during those terrible Vietnam war years. Things were very, very liberal back then. But it tended to be just more on the university campus and it wasn't nearly as extreme as it is now. The Sentinel was much more liberal. It was known as a conservative newspaper in a conservative town. Orlando and St. Pete were the only two Republican strongholds in Florida in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Orlando has shifted a lot since I've lived here and so has The Sentinel. But The Sentinel was pretty liberal and I could see where things were going. I frankly wasn't interested in clawing my way to the top. Of course, I had no way of knowing how the newspaper business would change. The Sentinel did let me do some articles on Christian things. I covered Orlando City Hall. At different times, I covered the Orange County Commission, and I did everything else in between. But I did a cover story for their Sunday magazine on Kathryn Kuhlman, and I got it out recently and read it. It wasn't half bad. It was probably the last major interview about her before she died. She had a crusade in St. Pete and I rode the bus down and kind of told the story. I interviewed her and they had a very dramatic picture. It was objective, but it was positive objective. It was looking at the glass half full instead of half empty. I'm not sure they would do that anymore. Back in the day, Calvary Assembly had a booming youth group. I did a couple stories on them. But I was much more interested in those kinds of articles. I actually went to Calvary Assembly. I usually don't even mention the church anymore. It's been so long ago, but I said, maybe we could do a small magazine, and they thought it was a good idea. That was the beginning of Charisma. So really, I kind of created my own media in order to do these kinds of stories and cover what … we like to say we're covering what the Holy Spirit is doing. It's evolved over the years.

Christopher Hart: Speaking of that, that brings us to your book, going after to understand the faith of Donald Trump. So, let's talk about it a little bit because I was reading your book and I was fascinated to see that long before President Trump actually decided to run for president in 2015, he began to reach out to the Christian community for his own spiritual growth. And he reached to someone here locally.

Stephen Strang: That's right. Somebody not too far from here. Her name is Paula White Cain. She's pretty well known in this area, actually around the country now. And Paula, this was in 2003 that he reached out to her. I've known Paula since the 1990s. In fact, she was on the cover of Charisma magazine one time. I think we did one or two smaller books with her back in that era. I remember her telling me my wife over dinner … her secretary came in the office one day and said, hey, there's a celebrity on the phone. His name is Donald Trump, and he wants to talk to you. Of course, nobody had any idea that he would ever get into politics. So, she took the call. And in fact, I texted Paula today and said, I'd really like to put more detail about this story in my next book. It's just kind of interesting that today I reached out to her for that. But what I know about the story is that she did meet with him and they formed a friendship. He had watched her late at night, when he was down in Imaro Lago. She tells the story that she has a TV ministry, but I mean, things are pretty tight. She was going over the list like, I should I keep this station, this station, and the one down there was kind of a low-power station. She thought about cutting it and she felt checked in her spirit that she should leave it. That was the station that Donald Trump watched late at night. We all know he watches TV. It wasn’t just Paula. These people told me that they that the President told them that he watched them: Kenneth and Gloria Copeland; Jim Bakker; Dr. David Jeremiah. He didn't tell me, but I know for sure he had a conference in New York City and Donald Trump and Melania sat on the front row and, after the conference, they went up and greeted him and told him that he was they watch him every week. That's what he said. So, there was something happening. He was raised Presbyterian. It’s a fairly liberal church today. He was he went to Norman Vincent Peale’s church as a young adult. Norman Vincent Peal actually influenced him. If you think of him, he's kind of positive thinker like Norman Vincent Peale. You pull yourself up by your bootstraps. In fact, Norman Vincent Peale wrote about him in one of his books and called him a fine young businessman that was a good example of positive thinking. And here he is. It was almost like it was prophetic.

 

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Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Listen as host Stephen Strang is interviewed on the American Adversaries Radio Network. Hear him discuss why Donald Trump supports public prayer more than any other president in recent history.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: This is Stephen Strang. I want to introduce my listeners to Charisma magazine if you don't already get it. Or if you do get it, you could respond to this special offer and we will continue your subscription into the future. The offer is to give you both of my books on Donald Trump: God and Donald Trump and the new one. Trump Aftershock. These are a value of just less than $50 plus two years of Charisma, which costs around $40. You can get the whole package for only $39. Let me repeat, you get both of my best-selling books, and two years of Charisma for only $39. All you have to do is go to this site: Trumpbooks.charismamag.com. I hope that you'll take advantage of it because it's a good offer. It's my way to try to connect you with Charisma, and also get more copies of my book out there. Thank you for listening to the Strang Report. And here's my episode:

 

·         Read the Strang Report: Why Donald Trump Supports Public Prayer More Than Any President in Recent History

 

Stephen Strang: As a Christian journalist, I've had the opportunity to interview many people and also, because of Charisma magazine, I've been able to write about what has gone on in my life. But rarely do I actually get interviewed about myself. Hello, everyone. This is Stephen Strang and welcome to the Strang Report. I have done some media having to do with God and Donald Trump and Trump Aftershock. From time to time, I will share them on my podcast because I think they're interesting. Recently I was on a radio program here in Orlando called American Adversaries Radio. The host is Christopher Hart and he's got a couple of friends that are on the show with him. They are strong for patriotism and strong for the right kind of values. They heard about my book and they wanted to have me on. We ended up talking a little bit about Steve Strang. So, I thought that you might enjoy this clip. It is only part of the show, which was over an hour long. So, I'm going to do one show today and one show again tomorrow because I thought you would be interested in finding this out. They asked me some background questions. I talk a little bit about the book that we did, called The Faith of George W. Bush, which actually kind of set up and gave us the idea for a book on Donald Trump. I talked a little bit about my early years in the newspaper and going to University of Florida during the Vietnam War era, and I hope that you enjoy it. It's a lively conversation.

Christopher Hart: Normally we might go into some of the day's news, but I want to go right to our guest here today and we'll go into some of the day's news with our guest. He is an author, he's written excellent books about Donald Trump and the phenomena, you might say, of Donald Trump's presidency. He's written the book God and Donald Trump. And by the way, the foreword is by Governor Mike Huckabee. Then he also has written as a subsequent book, Trump Aftershock. I love the subtitle, The President's Seismic Impact on Culture and Faith in America, and the foreword by Jerry Falwell Jr.

Stephen Strang: I've been listening to WTLN ever since I moved to Orlando.

Christopher Hart: Of course, that's one of our sister stations here 950 on your AM dial. It is all Christian-oriented broadcasting. And by the way, currently, you're also publishing Charisma magazine. Yes, you introduced me as an author. I'm really a publisher. I've published over 3,000 books. But you know, isn't it interesting you write a book and, you know, everybody pays attention. I mean, not that that was my goal. But normally I would get an idea for a book. Of course, I have a whole team that comes up with them, but obviously I come up with ideas, too. I did in 2003 got an idea for a book that we called The Faith of George W. Bush. We went out and recruited an author, Stephen Mansfield. He wrote it. We got it out exactly one year before the election. It was not an election book. It was it was sort of the untold story of George W. Bush's faith. He was very, very quiet about that. He did not wear it on his sleeve at all. When he ran in 2000, there was no feeling among, let me call them evangelical Christians; born-again, church going Christians that he was one of us. There was just none. It was just unspoken. But that book sold half a million copies well. One of the major news magazines actually credited it with …  don't think they were speaking of hyperbole, but they actually credited it with waking up the evangelical community to back him the second time around. So, you know, we did not want to do the faith of Barack Obama book. Another publisher did and the book was totally forgotten as far as I know. But with Donald Trump, I thought, hey, we need to do a book the faith of Donald J. Trump, which somebody also said would be a very short book. But instead of hiring a writer, I decided I'm going to do this myself. And you know, if you're interested, we can go into why.

Christopher Hart: I want to do that, and then real quick, you were an investigative reporter, were you not, for a time?

Stephen Strang: Yes, I worked for the Orlando Sentinel, believe it or not. Actually, it was called The Sentinel Star. When I worked for it, it was that long ago. It was my first job. I thought I'd live in Orlando for maybe a year or two. I really wanted to work for the Miami Herald, which was much more prestigious, at least back in that day. You know, I'm a lifelong Orlandoan and I bought my grave site, so I guess I'll be here forever.

Christopher Hart: The reason I bring that up is that not only is it obviously add to your credibility, but it indicates you have this curiosity to look into things like this and that's what led you to want to write this book about Donald Trump.

Stephen Strang: I've been interested in politics since Barry Goldwater ran. I wasn't very old, but that's when I started kind of paying attention. And then, of course, Richard Nixon, and I went to the University of Florida during those terrible Vietnam war years. Things were very, very liberal back then. But it tended to be just more on the university campus and it wasn't nearly as extreme as it is now. The Sentinel was much more liberal. It was known as a conservative newspaper in a conservative town. Orlando and St. Pete were the only two Republican strongholds in Florida in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Orlando has shifted a lot since I've lived here and so has The Sentinel. But The Sentinel was pretty liberal and I could see where things were going. I frankly wasn't interested in clawing my way to the top. Of course, I had no way of knowing how the newspaper business would change. The Sentinel did let me do some articles on Christian things. I covered Orlando City Hall. At different times, I covered the Orange County Commission, and I did everything else in between. But I did a cover story for their Sunday magazine on Kathryn Kuhlman, and I got it out recently and read it. It wasn't half bad. It was probably the last major interview about her before she died. She had a crusade in St. Pete and I rode the bus down and kind of told the story. I interviewed her and they had a very dramatic picture. It was objective, but it was positive objective. It was looking at the glass half full instead of half empty. I'm not sure they would do that anymore. Back in the day, Calvary Assembly had a booming youth group. I did a couple stories on them. But I was much more interested in those kinds of articles. I actually went to Calvary Assembly. I usually don't even mention the church anymore. It's been so long ago, but I said, maybe we could do a small magazine, and they thought it was a good idea. That was the beginning of Charisma. So really, I kind of created my own media in order to do these kinds of stories and cover what … we like to say we're covering what the Holy Spirit is doing. It's evolved over the years.

Christopher Hart: Speaking of that, that brings us to your book, going after to understand the faith of Donald Trump. So, let's talk about it a little bit because I was reading your book and I was fascinated to see that long before President Trump actually decided to run for president in 2015, he began to reach out to the Christian community for his own spiritual growth. And he reached to someone here locally.

Stephen Strang: That's right. Somebody not too far from here. Her name is Paula White Cain. She's pretty well known in this area, actually around the country now. And Paula, this was in 2003 that he reached out to her. I've known Paula since the 1990s. In fact, she was on the cover of Charisma magazine one time. I think we did one or two smaller books with her back in that era. I remember her telling me my wife over dinner … her secretary came in the office one day and said, hey, there's a celebrity on the phone. His name is Donald Trump, and he wants to talk to you. Of course, nobody had any idea that he would ever get into politics. So, she took the call. And in fact, I texted Paula today and said, I'd really like to put more detail about this story in my next book. It's just kind of interesting that today I reached out to her for that. But what I know about the story is that she did meet with him and they formed a friendship. He had watched her late at night, when he was down in Imaro Lago. She tells the story that she has a TV ministry, but I mean, things are pretty tight. She was going over the list like, I should I keep this station, this station, and the one down there was kind of a low-power station. She thought about cutting it and she felt checked in her spirit that she should leave it. That was the station that Donald Trump watched late at night. We all know he watches TV. It wasn’t just Paula. These people told me that they that the President told them that he watched them: Kenneth and Gloria Copeland; Jim Bakker; Dr. David Jeremiah. He didn't tell me, but I know for sure he had a conference in New York City and Donald Trump and Melania sat on the front row and, after the conference, they went up and greeted him and told him that he was they watch him every week. That's what he said. So, there was something happening. He was raised Presbyterian. It’s a fairly liberal church today. He was he went to Norman Vincent Peale’s church as a young adult. Norman Vincent Peal actually influenced him. If you think of him, he's kind of positive thinker like Norman Vincent Peale. You pull yourself up by your bootstraps. In fact, Norman Vincent Peale wrote about him in one of his books and called him a fine young businessman that was a good example of positive thinking. And here he is. It was almost like it was prophetic.

 

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