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Whats a congressman from Virginia doing in places where bullets fly and babies starve? Thirty years ago, Frank Wolf was elected to the U.S. Congress to address local transportation issues. Fueled by a faith that made him believe he could do something about it, the congressman grew to champion human and religious rights around the worldfrom cracking down on gang-related crimes in the U.S. to relieving suffering from war, AIDS, and famine in places like Darfur, China, and Bosnia. Eventually, he became a key proponent of opposing radical Jihadists and creating a National Committee on Terrorism. As Wolf visited some of the most dangerous places in the world, he saw firsthand the need for members of Congress to speak out for persecuted people around the globe. In Prisoner of Conscience, he shares intimate stories of his adventures from the halls of political power to other dangerous places around the world, what he has learned along the way, and what you can do about it now.
Congressman Frank Wolf has represented Virginias 10th District since 1981, making him one of the most senior members of the House of Representatives. For three decades now, Frank Wolf has partnered across the aisle to become an outspoken voice on human rights in Congress. He earned a bachelors degree from Penn State and a law degree from Georgetown. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Virginia. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of fifteen grandchildren.
Anne Morse, a freelance writer, spent 18 years collaborating with Chuck Colson on BreakPoint commentaries, Jubilee and Christianity Today columns, and books. She is also the co-author of Prisoner of Conscience with Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia. She lives in Maryland with her husband.
Assisted by Anne Morse, Wolf tells his first-person account of the stories of these human and religious rights victims with eloquence and passion. He doesnt sugar-coat the facts, and his straightforward approach to storytelling will open readers eyes not only to human rights violations in other countries, but also to similar issues that hit much closer to home. The simple prose has no complicated jargon and is comprehendible by almost any audience. Wolfs book offers a new perspective on human and religious rights that is based on the Christian worldview, in addition to solid political ideals.
Though it would be helpful for the non-Christian reader as well, this book is a must-read for any Christian interested in learning more about human and religious rights. Many Christians dont realize what their brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe are experiencing every day, and Prisoner of Conscience provides examples of specific ways we can enact Ephesians 6:18 and pray for the global body of Christ. Maria Martin, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Doreen renewing strengthTampa FlAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Interestingly intriguingDecember 10, 2011Doreen renewing strengthTampa FlAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Prisoner of Conscience - Frank R. Wolf
I reviewed this book as part of Zondervan's book reviewing agreement whereby I receive free books for a published review.
This Congressman, Frank Wolf, is one amazing man. He has been in the U.S. Congress for over thirty years and has been a strong advocate for human rights worldwide. His travels and contacts have allowed him to see many things we would not ordinarily want to know about. He been to places such as Romania, Bejiing, Ecuador, Iraq, Afghanistan and Russia and viewed prison camps dating back to 1989. Tiananmen Square was an effort by students to demand economic and democratic reforms, those students are still imprisoned and treated quite poorly. After each return to the United States he would gather enough support to put pressure on other governments to treat these prisoners with dignity and respect.
I found this book interesting but very disturbing. I struggle to understand how one human being can treat another human being so very poorly but then I remember that without a God conscience, I could do anything myself.
Mr. Wolf points out, "Some people have fallen into the postmodern belief that there's no such thing as good or bad, no difference between vice and virtue, no transcendent standards of right and wrong. If you've been to the places I've been, you wouldn't fall for that nonsense. Who could look into the eyes of a gang rape victim in Darfur, or of a young Thai girl who's been sold to a brothel, and tell her there's no such thing as right or wrong, good or evil? She knows better.
And so we need to seek a spiritual renaissance as well as an economic one, teaching our children that ultimate truth comes from God, passed on through the Judeo-Christian tradition. We must ground our children in moral truth, teaching them good or evil both exist and of the consequences of embracing one or the other.
The alternative to doing this is frightening. If we do everything the experts recommend to save our country-if we reduce debt, improve teaching, and increase the number of college graduates with degrees in science, engineering and technology-but do not provide our children and grandchildren with moral truth, we may end up in a worse place that we are now. We will have a nation of highly educated citizens indifferent to morality-which is exactly where Germany found herself in the 1930's."
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