Land That I Love

Restoring Our Christian Heritage


With the gracious forcefulness of a true Southern lady, Bobbie Ames confronts us with our current societal dilemma, traces its development, reminds us of our compelling history at God’s Hand, and leads us toward the solution to the recovery of America’s great heritage. This overview of four hundred years of American spiritual struggle and victory should grace every home and educational institution, to read and re-read for decades to come.

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Our author engagingly chronicles the astonishing character of the United States, resulting from a unique Providence in its people. From the beginning, God placed His Word in peoples’ hearts in such a way that for the first time in history, Christians thought they could form their own civil communities, with only Christ governing them as King.

Yet men are sinners, and sin forces evil consequences on even the best intentions. From the beginning then, America has suffered a dual or schizophrenic character—the best of the best, and some of the worst of the worst. For at least two hundred and fifty years of our history, the best managed to keep the upper hand. Then, with the prosperity, liberty with justice, and generosity that a general godliness had produced, the nation began wandering away from the One who prospered and blessed it, upon Whom that blessing depended and depends.

After over two hundred more years of a godly thrust of history battling against the wicked one, we have come to a crisis of faith, bringing the future of Christian civilization into question. Bobbie Ames outlines the remedy, while offering tremendous resources to flesh out the knowledge, spirit, and wisdom necessary to re-establish and maintain godly and free institutions.


Mrs. Bobbie Ames has been our close friend at The Alabama Gazette for over a dozen years. Her monthly rumination in our publication on the spiritual history and spiritual course of our nation, that forms the contents of this book, serves as a beacon of wisdom, hope, and love in an era when many have been uninformed or misinformed as to the greatness of this country, its Founding Fathers, and the ongoing spiritual struggles that confront our Christian society today. Bobbie’s erudite collection of prose will serve humanity, and more specifically, the Christian community, for generations to come. We at the Gazette are humbled and honored that Bobbie chose our publication to share some of her greatest treatises. Bobbie undoubtedly stands as one of the foremost Christian writers of this or any generation.

God Bless Bobbie and all who read Land That I Love. You will not be the same person when you finish it. May this book make a lasting change in our world, in our community, and in your heart.

—Loretta Grant, Samuel Adams, Owners and Publishers, along with the staff of The Alabama Gazette

I have known Bobbie since the early years of the resurgence of the Christian History Movement a half century ago. She is one of the foremost Christian educators in America. The title of the book gives the reader a glimpse of the treasured stories and truths that are in her volume. Mrs. Ames has a profound love for America that permeates her writing. She is a storyteller who knows how to take the reader into the events and lives of those who have created the American Miracle. This book is must reading for all those who want to restore our nation under God.

Marshall Foster, President & Founder, World History Institute

A serious scholar and patriot whose love of America’s Christian history is infectious, Bobbie Ames’ book is an act of love—love for the Lord and for His Story. Her essays have graced the lives of many as she faithfully delivered her heart through her writing over decades. This collection sets the memorial stones in place as a trust for future generations who, if we have done our work, will ask, “What do these stones mean?” She tells the stories with a heartfelt faith honed through her years of founding Christian schools, teaching children, and investing the gifts God gave her in his people. There is no more meaningful way of renovating the age than learning and teaching America’s Christian history.

Carole Adams, Founder & Board Member,  StoneBridge School;  President, Foundation for American Christian Education, Chesapeake, Virginia

Nordskog Publishing is very strong on putting out materials that document well our nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage. How great it is then to see this new book on celebrating America’s Christian heritage, why it matters, and how it has been so threatened in our time. Also here in Bobbie Ames’ new book is what we can do about it.

—Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., Author and TV/Radio producer & host

A life-long teacher, Bobbie Ames has lived her life immersed in our country’s history, more than anybody I know. This book will enlighten its readers on our political life and more.

—Tim James, Businessman, Son of The Honorable Fob James, Former Governor of Alabama

Now that there have been two conservative originalist justices appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it is anticipated that there will be more nominated in another term of a Republican President and Republican Senate majority, we joy in the expectancy that the U.S. Constitution will be restored, and that this nation will return to its founding principles. The writings of Bobbie Ames teach us what those founding beliefs and principles are in preparation for the sacred task ahead of us, the devoted citizens of this Constitutional Republic.

—The Honorable Tom Parker, Chief Justice, Alabama Supreme Court

This beautiful book of essays lovingly written by Bobbie Ames is a treasure for all who love this great land. You will want to glean from these pages, and then share with family and others, the amazing truth of history, often obscured, of why this land is so blessed and how it can remain so. The eternal foundational truths held by our Founding Fathers are key and are exhibited throughout decades of Bobbie’s writings and now in this collection of essays.

It is such an honor and joy to endorse this book, Land That I Love, given by my dear, long-time friend, Bobbie Ames, who faithfully writes of our true history for those who have a desire to know…His Story.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance. (Psalm 33:12)

—Dottie James Parker, Wife of Tom Parker, Chief Justice, Alabama Supreme Court, Editorial assistance to Bobbie for almost a decade on her monthly articles for “The Education Station,” published in The Alabama Gazette

Is there a second act for America? Does America get a second chance? If it could be so, Bobbie Ames’s book, Land That I Love, has the moral, historical, and Biblical prescription for such a renewal. Many years ago, before her late husband died, he urged her to give herself fully to children and Christian schooling. He said, “If you do this, you cannot go wrong.” Indeed, she has given herself to this wonderful Christian service for fifty years. Her book is a compilation of the wisdom and experience she passed to her Christian school children, a resource to be used for both Christian schools and home schooling to “restore our Christian heritage.”

—E. Ray Moore, Th.M., Chaplain (Lt. Col.) USAR Ret., Director of Exodus Mandate

The Lord has blessed and enriched our lives through Mrs. Bobbie Ames. Our daughters (and through them, we) were taught the Biblical worldview using the Principle-Based Approach at Mrs. Bobbie’s school, Emerald Mountain Christian School, from kindergarten through twelfth grade. They are both very talented, blessed, and successful. Mrs. Bobbie’s influence on our lives has made for a very rich Christian life in service to our Lord and Savior. We wholeheartedly endorse Mrs. Bobbie’s book and recommend it to all.

—Rich & Susie Hobson Rich serves as the Alabama Administrative Director of Courts & Susie is a published author through Nordskog Publishing

Bobbie Ames, one of America’s greatest Christian educators of the last fifty years, has written a critical book for every American, Land That I Love. Her book is more than just a collection of essays on civics; it is a comprehensive overview of how a Christian is to live out one’s duty to country. Her book is more than concepts, but the truth and a vision of Christian nationalism that comes from her heart and is lived out in her life.

—Thomas Ertl, Zurich Publishing

With joy I commend Bobbie Ames’s book Land That I Love to the reader. I met Bobbie more than four decades ago as I was only beginning my adventure in the study of America’s rich Chris- tian heritage. Her love of the Pilgrims and their legacy caught my attention, since my calling to Plymouth was in its infancy. As you read this book, you will travel with Bobbie forward and backward through time as you mine the depths of Biblical and constitutional truths that are the pillars of our religious and civil liberty. These chapters are ready-made stories to read to your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bobbie writes that the Pilgrims “brought the Reformation with them as their core values and intent.” I agree, and over the years, when I might be discouraged as a Pastor, historian, and writer, I would get a call and hear the voice of a true patriot encouraging me. Bobbie writes, “Few today share the historic importance of our Pilgrim Fathers’ impact on early America.” This is unfortunately true, but I follow in the footsteps and path of pioneers like Bobbie Ames, and prayerfully, as we prepare here in Plymouth to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of those Pilgrims, we will all see a new generation appreciate what Bobbie longs to communicate, that America, because of her “Gilgal Stones” laid at her birth, will once again be the “land that I love”!

—Dr. Paul Jehle, President, Plymouth Rock Foundation,; Pastor, The New Testament Church of Plymouth, MA

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About the Author

Bobbie Ames is a woman whose life has been marked by accomplishment. Her legacy is one of tireless commitment to Biblical truth, reflected in the establishment of Christian schools, service to her community, and a wealth of published writings. She has spent her life advancing the cause of the restoration of America’s Christian heritage. Bobbie has received numerous awards in her lifetime, but the one she cherishes most is the Verna Hall Research Award, which she received in 2016. The following is the press release from that special celebration:


Chesapeake, Virginia, November 11, 2016

Acknowledging outstanding lifetime achievement in education and America’s Christian history has been the purpose of the Foundation for American Christian Education for over fifty years. Periodically, the Foundation awards an individual of distinguished service with the Verna Hall Research Award. This year the recipient of this prestigious award is Alabama native and leader in Christian education Bobbie Mae Hackney Ames of Montgomery, Alabama.

Delegates at the “Reason for Hope” Conference held November 11–12 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, gave Mrs. Bobbie Ames a resounding ovation as they heard the story of Mrs. Ames’s accomplishments in founding and establishing Christian schools, in political and community service, and in her scholarly writing for publication in Christian history and government. Conference participant, Carey Dudkovsky, Executive Vice-President of the Foundation for American Christian Education, said, “Mrs. Ames’s life and work are an inspiration to parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, and scholars.” The Foundation for American Christian Education commends the life and contribution of Mrs. Ames to the field of Biblical Classical education and America’s Christian history and heritage.

Bobbie Ames was born in Washington, North Carolina, attended Greensboro College, then East Carolina Teacher’s College, now East Carolina University, majoring in Elementary Education. She married John Brewer Ames in 1950 and lived in Selma, Alabama, and later in Marion, Alabama, while raising their five children. Today, there are twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Ames founded Perry Christian School in 1965, where Mrs. Ames taught and was the school administrator. She pursued graduate work in Library Science and a Masters Degree in School Administration.

Over the years, Bobbie was active in Republican political circles, having served as President of the Federation of Republican Women at the county and state levels, and as Republican National Committeewoman from Alabama, from 1968–1972.

Along with teaching for many years, Mrs. Ames oversaw the library built at Emerald Mountain Christian School. This vast and valuable collection was used as her main research source that enabled her to write for an area newspaper, The Alabama Gazette, for many years, writing on issues of education and history from the Biblical worldview. Mrs. Ames’s articles ran in The Alabama Gazette from 2009–2019. A selection from that collection of articles has been transformed into this amazing book that we hope will inspire Americans to return to our spiritual foundations that are moored to God, Family, and Country.

Based on and updated from the press release from the Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE) in The Alabama Gazette (December 2016).

Author Bobbie Ames and Mary-Elaine Swanson

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