Author who lionized Bush for his faith, out with a book that does the same for Obama

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Politico's Ben Smith reports that Stephen Mansfield, whose sympathetic 'The Faith of George W. Bush' spent 15 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 2004, will be out this summer with 'The Faith of Barack Obama.' Ben says the book could help 'lend credibility to Senator Obama's bid to win Evangelical Christian voters away from the Republican Party: 'Its tone ranges from gently critical to gushing, and the author defends Obama-and even his controversial former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright-from conservative critics, and portrays him as a compelling figure for Christian voters.

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