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“How can people of faith make a difference?” Bill Haslam discusses new book

“Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square” is available Tuesday, May 25th.
Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 10:49 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Former Tennessee Governor and Knoxville Mayor, Bill Haslam, gave a new hobby a shot over the pandemic, writing a book.

“I have a new respect for real writers,” said the two-term governor who served in the state capitol from 2011 to 2019. “This is not something you just do on the side so, the challenge of writing was way bigger than I thought it’d be.”

Haslam said he knew he wanted to write a book about his time in office, and the pandemic presented the perfect way to find the time.

“Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square” takes readers inside the mind of Haslam, showing how he used faith to guide his decisions in office. Haslam said the current political divide in the United States really made him put things in perspective. He asked the question, what are we going to do about it?

“Part of the book is about how people of faith can make a difference,” said Haslam. “One of the things we have not done when approaching issues, is approaching them with humility. We all go into the public square saying ‘I’m right and you’re wrong.’ I’m going to try first to go in and listen and approach with a kind of more humble spirit.”

From controversy in his own party while in office, to making national headlines after granting clemency to Cyntoia Brown, Haslam gives a behind-the-scenes look at what guided him through office, and what he thinks should guide the country through tough times.

“Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square” is available for pre-order, and will be released everywhere books are sold on Tuesday, May 25th.

To get your copy, click here.

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