World magazine recently sat down with Donald Trump to ask about his spiritual influences. There were some surprises. The full interview will be published when the devil has to buy ice skates. But until then, here is a sneak peek at some of the things World was frankly not anticipating.
Asked about which book apart from the Bible most influenced his spiritual formation, Trump answered without hesitation. “No question. That would have to be Thomas à Kempis. I often return to him. I still have my Latin copy from my school years—De Imitatione Christi—I find it helpful to use that edition because I have to translate as I go and it makes the experience much more . . . meditative. My Latin isn’t that good and so I have to go slowly.” Trump laughed thoughtfully.
Modern authors? “All my friends cite Lewis, but for my money it has to be J.I. Packer. His Knowing God came at just the right time for me. Did you know that Packer considered blurbing The Art of the Deal? Not many people know that.”
The next question was asked tentatively, given some of the charges that have been leveled against the billionaire businessmen. “Given what some have alleged about you and your attitude toward women, can you cite any women writers who have been helpful to you?”
Trump laughed easily. “No question there either. Joyce Meyer . . . you know, sort of like Osteen with some depth. I mean, that broad can write.”
With that, we were back in familiar territory, and the interview ended shortly thereafter.
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