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God Less America
August 23, 2014
This was a great book that every citizen should read. Todd Starnes did a great job doing his research and exposing this government for the lack of godlessness in it. I appreciate Todd's humor and sarcasm but the bottom line was the erosion of our First Amendment rights...and there is no humor in that at all. An old preacher used to say, "If you dont stand for something you will fall for anything." I think there are many Americans lying face down falling for the bill of goods that was sold to them by our government. Its a good read.
God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values by Todd Starnes starts off with a serious but yet humorous introduction telling about the "war of religious liberty".
The first chapter, "The War on Christianity" seems scary to me when people are being punished for holding harmless Bible studies, saying the name Jesus, or saying Amen. It's really making me wonder what America will be like for my children and grandchildren in the future. Especially when Jesus or the Bible are now starting to be thought as threatening.
It amazes me how people's rights and freedoms are being taking away right here in America. Is it not going to be considered the Land of the Free in the future?
Chapter Four tells the heartbreaking story of Christian Saud Abedini, who has been left in prison in Iran. The reason he's in prison? Just for being a Christian. And our government refuses to talk about it or has not attempted to have him released.
Chapters Three, Ten and Twelve were about the controversies surrounding Chick Fil A, Phil Robertson, and Tim Tebow.
Chapter Eight focuses on Gay Rights vs Religious Rights, which I did find long and exhausting to read.
Chapter Eleven discusses interspecies marriage. I found it to be quite silly. Is this really even a political issue to pass laws for humans to be able to marry their pets?
Some of the areas of the book were silly and seemed so absurd that I did not know how serious the author was being about the content or what stories he told were true or which ones were not true. I thought several of the chapters were pointless and I am not sure why they were included in this book. To me, these chapters should have been omitted entirely.
The author wrote many instances where Christians were being bullied and made fun of for being Christian. He admits that he is a Southern Baptist but often pokes fun of the Southern Baptists. It might have been humorous to read in another book but in this book it just did not seem appropriate to me.
My overall thoughts is that I thought the book was thought provoking at times. Other times, I found myself angry with what is happening in America. I was, also, confused with the author, wondering what point he was trying to make. I did find some hilarious moments but sometimes those moments that were supposed to be funny I thought to be sort of offensive or inappropriate to the subject matter.
I do think that 75% of the book is worth reading. If you are a Christian and concerned with what is going on in American and you are concerned about your rights, then I think you should give it a try.
3 Â½ stars.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Charisma House publishers in exchange for my honest review which was given.
Humor and Horror - God Less America by Todd Starne
May 4, 2014
Humor coupled with horror - that's the only way I can describe this book by Todd Starnes. I love Todd's humor, e.g., when describing his mom's anxiety at getting a recipe correct in time for a big church dinner - ""I've only got seven days to get this right," she complained. My dad wasn't very helpful. "I don't see what the big deal is," he replied. "It only took God six days to make the world." Fortunately, she didn't have a cast iron skillet handy." I'm still chuckling over that one!
And although humor plays a huge part in this book, it is the horror I will remember. The horror over what America is becoming as our governments, city to federal, take God out of everything and persecute, bully, suspend, or fire those who are brave enough to stand up for what they believe. The horror of a school decorating at Christmas time that isn't allowed to use Christmas trees or the colors red and green for fear it will offend someone. The horror of a group of students stopping to pray outside the Supreme Court and being told to stop and move along because they had bowed their heads. The horror of numerous businesses closing their doors because they've been told they have to use their creative abilities or premises for situations against their religious beliefs.
America was not founded as a God-less nation, it was founded as a nation under God. As Todd challenges us: "The time has come, brothers and sisters, my fellow countrymen. Who among you is willing to take a stand for religious liberty? Who among you is willing to risk everything for the cause of Christ? Who among you is willing to rise up and declare that we are still one nation under God?_I issue this call to you, my fellow countrymen: Onward, Christian soldiers. Onward."