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People need a creed and a cause, and today millions of patriotic Americans are finding their voices.
They say the best indicator of the future is history. How things have been can be a powerful signal of how they will be. But what will be our role in shaping the future for this country?
In The Coming Revolution Dr Richard G. Lee powerfully explains that a new revolution is coming. It may be in the streets of our nations capitolas we saw in Europe last yearor, better yet, in voting booths across America. Signs from our nations past and present ring out the truth: a second American revolution is near at hand.
Using this countrys rich heritage of liberty and democracy as a roadmap toward where we could be headed, Dr. Lee brings thoughtful clarity to the ever-growing probability of such a revolution in America; illuminating the important reminder that the voices of every revolution have beenand always will bethe ordinary everyman.
Discover how you can be a part of this countrys social, political, and moral reform and how faith in God serves as the one truth that can provide both individual and national guidance for Americas next revolution.
A powerful reminder about why America is great and worth fighting for.
Lt. Colonel Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.)
Within this book Dr. Richard Lee clearly reveals how the intolerable conditions being forced upon the American people by Washingtons current administration will lead to a certain and powerful explosion of predictable consequences.
BarbBloomParma, OhioAge: 45-54Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5The Coming RevolutionAugust 6, 2013BarbBloomParma, OhioAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2I discovered a long time ago a nifty opportunity to read and review books and obtained a copy of The Coming Revolution: Signs from America's Past That Signal Our Nation's Future which is the fifth book from Dr. Richard Lee, founding pastor of First Redeemer Church in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Dr. Lee develops his thesis that there is a strong bonds between the evangelical church and the success of America. As America turns to liberal political winds, dropping the diligent care of family and community, so goes the country. This gradual decline has, in Dr Lee's mind, signaled a growing discontent with the decay of our society which might ultimately lead to revolution. As the title suggests, the book hopes for a groundswell of conservative, evangelical, ideology; returning America to its "traditional conservative roots." His work evokes the same idea as that of the "Arab Spring" movement_ stirring the conservative christians of our nation to action, and a call to reclaim that which has declined. Its odd that while reading this book i was also working through the book of Nehemiah, another man called to rebuild what has been destroyed.
Initially this book drew me in with the small and concise points made about society, history and the rapid decay of our society. But i must say that this was also the shortcoming of the book. I wanted to see more history, more clarity of what we have slid from, and I wanted to see a stronger set of guidelines or recommendations for how to regain that fallen ground. The author strived to build his thesis, but did not look at the full history of our nation nor did he provide clarity on what is next. As a people we long to recover lost ground, see our nation rise again in strength as the place of moral excellence that it once was, but as a people we have lost the way to that goal. Dr Lee offers a first blush, but not the full solution.
Would I recommend this book? Yes and no. Yes, because it gives a voice to the groundswell we hear and feel in our nation. No, because his thesis is not developed enough for action, response, movement. The book leaves me wanting more detail, more clarity.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.comÂ® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
abbyjewelNew JerseyAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A Revolution is comingJuly 8, 2013abbyjewelNew JerseyAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3With what is happening in the world today, the premise of this book is quite fitting. We are living in a time of monumental change. Our freedoms are dwindling and the government is taking over in areas that were generally hands off in the past. The recent news coverage of wiki leaks and Associated Press scandal proves this point.
I will say I was a little disappointed with the bias point of view in the book. With all of the problems in Washington today it's clear that both sides, Democrat and Republican , each have their own share of issues. This book was definitely leaning to the right with some of the opinions and views of the author. I personally think the book would have benefited from a completely neutral standpoint as to not offend either side. I find it very interesting that there are many references to religion and how far away we are from the country the founding fathers envisioned while insisting we need to turn away from the socialistic path we are being taken on. Was Jesus Christ not all for a socialist attitude? Did he not say those who have, have a responsibility to give to those who don't? We cannot claim to be a religious party and not follow religion.
While this book would certainly be enjoyed by those who support the Republican party and their viewpoints, I believe anyone with an open mind can find some valuable information in this book. The author also goes into detail about the history of this country and what we stood for then and where we are now in comparison.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÂ®.com <http://BookSneezeÂ®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
CliffymaniaMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Liberty is a gift from GodJanuary 23, 2013CliffymaniaMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Coming Revolution
Signs from America's past that signal our nation's future
by Dr. Richard G. Lee
The age old question is asked time and again by different groups at different times: how do we get our nation back on track. Ancient Israel was posed with the question over and over again, every time they set aside the one true God for a myriad of false gods. The resounding answer from the prophets was, "Repent and return to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."
Today, the question gets muddled with politics and often the answer to our countries woes is approached from the wrong direction. Too often we, as Christians, approach the problem through government instead of through the Church.
In this book, The Coming Revolution, Dr. Lee lays out the case that America is off-track once again. He makes no apology for his Christian faith, for the role of Christianity in making America and his belief that the American Spirit is something worth saving.
Naturally, if you're going to say America is worth saving you have to answer another question first; does America need to be saved?
Dr. Lee says it does and he cites a decline in morality, decline in religious freedom, and the fact that having pride in America is, more often than not, considered controversial as reasons that America needs to be saved. Combine that with a crushing debt problem, incivility in government, and the never ending increase of laws and regulations and we definitely have a problem. While some of these things may be difficult to track and are often exaggerated in the media, there is an enlightening story on page 161.
When the Russian dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn came to this country in 1974, he was shocked to discover that while communism was was already in decline in the Soviet Union, it was thriving in America's newsrooms and on our university campuses. How could the "best and brightest" in academia and the news media have fallen for the Communist lie when so many in his own country were waking up from a decades-long nightmare and praying for the collapse of the socialist regime? (The Coming Revolution, page 161)
If America was established by Christians seeking freedom and America is bending towards communism and it was noticed as early as the 1970â€²s then there is definitely something wrong.
"What is the source of America's greatness?" (The Coming Revolution, page 1)
It's common for modern conservative pundits to proclaim the Christian foundation of this nation, but then to express it's maintenance and retention in purely political terms. In Dr. Lee's book he spends the first four chapters talking about faith in Jesus Christ; how it lead the pilgrims to seek refuge in the New World, how the Great Awakening inspired the American Spirit, and how the Founding Fathers relied on that faith when forming this new country.
"It is a revolution of faith and ideas, a new commitment to a higher cause." (The Coming Revolution, page 126)
Dr. Lee does not rely on political means to change this nation, but rather on a restoration of the Christian faith. He spends so much time on this, over 2/3â€²s of the book, that by the time he gets to the one chapter explaining the problem there is no doubt that the only way America can prosper is by returning to a Judeo-Christian ethic.
Finally, this is not a book about "how bad it is now and how good it used to be." In the closing chapter, "What You Can Do" Lee sets out some very simple yet profound ways to effect change in this country and none of them involves tearing down, or attacking, the opponent.
The idea and purpose of America can get muddled with the purposes of the Church. In Matthew 28 Jesus called his disciples to make disciples, not nations.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)
When Christians talk about America there can be this sense of entitlement toward Christianity. Those who aren't Christian and attempt to steer the ship of America away from Christianity are considered interlopers and chastised for their interference. Instead of reaching out to them with the Gospel we have this tendency to think that if we force them to act Christian, they'll be Christian.
I believe that Dr. Lee makes a good case in this book that liberty is a gift from God and we do not secure it by force, or by legislation, but rather through education.
However, the caution with any text that seeks to promote a nation is the tendency to seek the easier route and skip over God and go directly to conservatism. I agree with Lee that the America we were given is a land of tremendous opportunity to worship and live in freedom, but salvation through Jesus Christ must always be the foundation and the first piece of any movement. When the people know Christ, their ethics and their vote will follow.
One other warning is Lee's connection with Glenn Beck's restoring honor rally. I'm not suggesting guilt by association, but I do want to make clear that Mormonism is not a Christian faith and discernment must not be left behind when associating. A purely political rally is one thing, but if Christians attempt to unite with Mormonism on spiritual matters we'll be causing a greater problem than the one we're trying to fix.
The Wrap Up
This book is a solid look at American history and well reasoned look at America's future. There are no black helicopters, no conspiracy theories, just an honest review of America and a desire to honor that foundation. If you are interested in America this book is an excellent primer on the American Spirit. Dr. Lee answers two questions with a resounding yes: Does America need to be saved and is America worth saving?
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Meg VerityAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great for understanding America's political rightAugust 8, 2012Meg VerityAge: 25-34Gender: femaleHope and change are coming to America, but not Obama's type of change. As political discontent spreads from the grassroots up, Dr. Richard G. Lee contends there will soon be a peaceful revolution that dramatically transforms American society and leads the country back on the road to greatness. Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally and the Tea Party's peaceful protests are only the beginning of the politically conservative tidal wave beginning to sweep across the United States.
In The Coming Revolution, Dr. Lee paints a picture of a formerly great America who has lost her way by abandoning her Founders' devoutly Christian values. As the nation plunges into a moral abyss, he argues that only a restoration of these values plus America's original constitutional government can save Americans from God's judgment and the imposition of radical liberal secularism on their country.
This is one book I really wanted to like but ultimately did not. Instead, I found I was deeply troubled by much of what I read in its pages, especially since this book was written by a Christian pastor. To begin with, Dr. Lee portrays the modern United States as a constitutionally Christian nation from its inception. This rosy portrayal of America's past has been shown to be highly dubious by numerous individuals, including Chris Pinto. Christians once wrote, for instance, that the War Between the States was the judgment of God on an ungodly nation. That being the case, Christians should question the claim that political action is needed to "restore" America to its "original" state.
Second, Dr. Lee does not distinguish amongst various forms of Christianity. He seems to take the approach that a return to any kind of Christianity will save the nation. It will not. Christians need to work out what form of Christianity will strengthen their nation before they attempt to restore it. There are hints in The Coming Revolution as to which form of Christianity this should be, but until Christians grapple with this issue, no true "restoration" of America can take place.
Third, Dr. Lee promotes and approves of political alliances between believers and unbelievers with similar political goals. Christians should seriously ponder whether this will bring about God's blessing or actually provoke Him to further judgment. Verses like Amos 3:3, 2 Corinthians 6:14, 2 Chronicles 19, and Isaiah 30:1-17 are well worth considering in this context.
Fourth, Dr. Lee writes in several places about the need to avert God's judgment on the United States. He does not seem to realize that, biblically speaking, America and the entire West have already been under the Romans 1 judgment for several decades.
Lastly, Dr. Lee seems to focus mainly on political solutions to America's woes. Sadly and notably missing from his book is a call for the one and only thing that can stay God's hand: true "Ninehviteish" repentance by the American people. This is not the time for Christians to join hands with unbelievers and rush to impose new and likely anti-Biblical political laws on the nation. This is a time to mourn in sackcloth and ashes and return to one's first love. Until the church truly understands this, lasting meaningful change will not occur.
Other criticisms could be made, but these are sufficient to point out some of The Coming Revolution's weaknesses. I still recommend this book because it gives good insight into the factors motivating the grassroots movements across the country. It also gives hope to those looking for real and positive change in these troubled times. One can only hope that any such change does come as quietly and peacefully as Dr. Lee believes it will.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
rbmarxGlendive, MTAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Coming Revolution ReviewAugust 7, 2012rbmarxGlendive, MTAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Coming Revolution: Signs From America's Past That Signal Our Nation's Future by Dr. Richard G. Lee Thomas Nelson, Inc.: Nashville, 2012. Reviewer: Robert Marx. BookSneezeÂ® provided me with an advance free copy of the book for review purposes.
Dr. Lee begins the book at America's founding and offers insight into factors that made America great. He provides parallels from the Puritans' day into contemporary American society. One main theme of Dr. Lee is that America's greatness comes from its goodness so it is self- generating. He provides insight that current trends demand a revolutionary response from Christian people. The Great Awakening in the 1730 & 40's provided the fire to the American Revolution so a new awakening will bring America back to the source of greatness which is in righteousness.
This book aught to be read and studied by all patriots of America plus it offers a source book for historical study by grade school students. This book ties events from the American nation's founding to our day and presents hope that a resurgence of righteousness will polish our American national character.