Stephen Mansfield

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Stephen Mansfield
Stephen Mansfield Press Photo.jpg
Stephen Mansfield press photo
Born Stephen Lee Mansfield
Georgia, United States of America[1]
Residence Nashville, Tennessee[1]
Nationality American[1]
Citizenship United States of America[1]
Occupation Author, orator[1]
Notable work The Faith of George W. Bush, The Faith of the American Soldier, Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission, The Faith of Barack Obama, The Search for God and Guinness[1]
Spouse(s) Beverly Mansfield[1]

Stephen Lee Mansfield (born 1958) is an American author who writes about men's issues, leadership, history and modern culture. His books have appeared on the New York Times best-seller list.[2] He is also a popular speaker who heads a leadership coaching firm based in Washington D.C..

Life and career[edit]

Mansfield was born in Columbus, Georgia, the son of a U.S. Army officer.[3] His family lived on military posts around the United States, though the majority of his early years were spent in Germany, particularly in Berlin during the Cold War.[4][5]

His first book, Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill, was released in 1995 and became an Evangelical Christian Press Association Gold Medallion Finalist. He followed this with biographies of Booker T. Washington and George Whitefield. In 1996, Governor Don Sundquist asked Mansfield to write the history of religion in Tennessee for that state’s bicentennial.[6]

In 2003, Mansfield wrote The Faith of George W. Bush, which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.[7] It chronicled Bush’s rise to the presidency and the events of September 11, 2001.

Mansfield wrote a series of histories and biographies following his book on Bush’s faith. His Pope Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission told the life story of the newly elected pope. He wrote The Faith of the American Soldier after being embedded with U.S. soldiers in Iraq in early 2005. He also wrote The Search for God and Guinness about the 250-year history of social reform efforts by the world’s best-known brewing company. In 2008, Mansfield wrote The Faith of Barack Obama.[8]

In 2012, he wrote The Mormonizing of America to chronicle the saga of American Mormonism and its influence in U.S. society. Mansfield also wrote Lincoln’s Battle with God[9] about the sixteenth president’s struggle with his personal faith and with a religious perspective on the American Civil War. James M. Cornelius, curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, wrote of Mansfield’s book, “The light of Lincoln’s growing faith finally shines forth through the thicket of conflicting views and opinions that have been handed down to us. The author sorts these deftly, and provides a clear path toward Lincoln’s heart and mind.”[10]

In May 2013, Mansfield released Killing Jesus, a retelling of the historical events surrounding the death of Jesus Christ that Publishers Weekly described as "masterful."[11] In this same year, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men—a call for men to become "great men"—became a bestseller.[citation needed]

In addition to his writing, Mansfield speaks and coaches leaders worldwide.[12] He also appears regularly on the FOX and CNN news networks.[13] He is married to songwriter and producer Beverly Darnall.[14]

Mansfield lives in Nashville and Washington, DC where he oversees The Mansfield Group, a consulting and communications firm, and Chartwell Literary Group, which manages and creates literary projects.


  • Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill (Cumberland House Press, 1995)[15]
  • Faithful Volunteers: The History of Religion in Tennessee (Cumberland House Press, 1997)[6]
  • Then Darkness Fled: The Liberating Philosophy of Booker T. Washington (Cumberland House Press, 1999)[16]
  • Forgotten Founding Father: The Heroic Life of George Whitefield (Cumberland House Press, 2001)[17]
  • The Faith of George W. Bush (Penguin, 2003)[18] New York Times Bestseller,[19] Audie Award Winner,[20] 2004 Retailers Choice Award Winner[21]
  • Derek Prince: A Biography" (Charisma House, 2005)
  • The Faith of the American Soldier (Penguin, 2005)[22]
  • Pope Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission (Penguin, 2006)[23]
  • No Retreat, No Surrender (Penguin, 2007)
  • The Faith of Barack Obama (Thomas Nelson, 2008)[24]
  • Paul Harvey’s America with David Holland (Tyndale, 2009)[25] 2010 Retailers Choice Award Winner[26]
  • The Search for God and Guinness (Thomas Nelson, 2009)[27]
  • The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin with David Holland (Charisma House, 2010)[28]
  • Where Has Oprah Taken Us? The Religious Impact of the World’s Most Famous Woman (Thomas Nelson, 2011)[29]
  • The Mormonizing of America (Worthy Publishers, 2012)[30]
  • Lincoln’s Battle With God (Thomas Nelson, 2012)[31]
  • Killing Jesus (Worthy Publishing, 2013)[32]
  • The Miracle of the Kurds: A Remarkable Story of Hope Reborn In Northern Iraq (Worthy Publishing, 2014)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g MansfieldGroup. "Bio". Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Paperback Nonfiction". 2004-08-08. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Eldon Mansfield Obituary: View Obituary for Eldon Mansfield by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Columbus, GA". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
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  6. ^ a b "Christianity, CHT, Tennessee History, Faithful Volunteers: The History of Religion in Tennessee". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  7. ^ "The New York Times Book Review;" "Nonfiction Paperback Best Sellers;" June 6, 2004
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Obama's Religious Upbringing Explored by Author Stephen Mansfield". Fox News. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Lincoln's Battle With God - A new book by Stephen Mansfield". Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Lincoln's Battle With God;" Mansfield, Stephen; Thomas Nelson, 2012; Hardcover; Book Jacket Cover
  11. ^ "Nonfiction Review: Killing Jesus: The Unspoken Conspiracy behind the World’s Most Notorious Execution by Stephen Mansfield. Worthy, $22.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-61795-187-9". 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  12. ^ "STEPHEN MANSFIELD | Ambassador Christian Motivational Speakers". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  13. ^ "Stephen Mansfield". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  14. ^ "Beverly Darnall". Beverly Darnall. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  15. ^ "Biographies and Memoirs, Christianity, CHT, History, Never Give in: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  16. ^ "Biographies and Memoirs, Christianity, CHT, Then Darkness Fled: The Liberating Work of Booker T. Washington". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  17. ^ "Biographies and Memoirs, Christianity, CHT, History, Forgotten Founding Father: The Heroic Legacy of George Whitefield". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  18. ^ "Read - Penguin Books USA - Read". Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Paperback Nonfiction". 2004-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  20. ^ "Authors" (PDF). Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "Retailers Choice Awards 2004". Archived from the original on 7 March 2005. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  22. ^,,9781585424931,00.html?The_Faith_of_the_American_Soldier_Stephen_Mansfield
  23. ^ "Pope Benedict XVI - Books by Stephen Mansfield - Penguin Group (USA)". 2005-07-21. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  24. ^ Mansfield, Stephen (2010-02-23). "The Faith of Barack Obama". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  25. ^ "Paul Harvey's America :: 9781414353128 :: David A. Holland :: Stephen Mansfield :: Tyndale House Publishers". 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  26. ^ "2010 Retailers Choice Awards Winners" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  27. ^ Mansfield, Stephen (2009-10-13). "The Search for God and Guinness". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  28. ^ Mansfield, Stephan (2010). "The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin". Charisma House. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  29. ^ Mansfield, Stephen (2011-10-11). "Where Has Oprah Taken Us?". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  30. ^ "The Mormonizing of America". Worthy Publishing. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  31. ^ Mansfield, Stephen (2012-11-13). "Lincoln's Battle with God". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  32. ^ "Killing Jesus". Worthy Publishing. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-07-05.