ATLANTA — Jimmy Carter may never have been president if he didn't go square dancing.
The Georgia Democrat credits a rural square dance club he joined in 1953 with helping him win a state Senate seat by a scant 66 votes. He shared the story in his latest book, "Through the Years with Jimmy Carter."
He writes: "If I hadn't received support from our square-dancing friends, I would have lost and never become a state senator. And if that had occurred, I never would have run for office again."
Carter has penned 26 different books, including childhood memoirs, treatises on the Middle East and accounts of his presidency. But none are like the latest, which offers 366 devotionals, each with a biblical passage, a personal story and an original prayer.