Born in 1958 to a father who worked as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and his wife, Mansfield grew up primarily in Europe. He declined an offer to play college football and attended a Christian college where he earned his B.A. in history and philosophy. Next he moved to Texas, pastored a church, received two M.A. degrees, and started up a group of agencies to help the poor. Moving again, Mansfield ended up in Tennessee, pastoring a church, dealing in Middle Eastern politics, and finishing a Ph.D.
In the meantime, Mansfield started writing books. His emphasis on biographies and history have earned him many awards. With his tremendous international success as a writer, Mansfield left the pulpit to concentrate on writing, lecturing, and being a motivational speaker on a full-time basis. Of the many books Mansfield has seen published, his first work to spend time on the New York Times bestseller list was called The Faith of George W. Bush
. Since then Mansfield has written The Faith of the American Soldier
, Benedict XVI
, and most recently Paul Harvey's America
. Mansfield is widely respected for his knowledge about faith and culture.
Living with his wife in Tennessee, Mansfield also spends time as the founder of both The Mansfield Group, a consulting and communications firm, and Chartwell Literacy Group, which emphasizes impacting society through film and literature.
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