Presidents and Bibles to Soldiers

In April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against the German Empire. But did you know that thousands of American soldiers shipped to France and Belgium carried with them pocket Bibles supplied by the American Bible Society? In the front of some of those Bibles was a note written by President Woodrow Wilson urging soldiers to read their Bibles.

He wrote: "The Bible is the Word of Life. I beg that you will read it and find this out for yourselves. Read not little snatches here and there, but long passages that will really be the road to the heart of it." The American Bible Society reported that the Bibles were a source of comfort and courage for the soldiers serving in Europe. Engage with this book of all books!

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