God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It (Plus)
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New York Times bestseller God's Politics struck a chord with Americans disenchanted with how the Right had co-opted all talk about integrating religious values into our politics, and with the Left, who were mute on the subject. Jim Wallis argues that America's separation of church and state does not require banishing moral and religious values from the public square. God's Politics offers a vision for how to convert spiritual values into real social change and has started a grassroots movement to hold our political leaders accountable by incorporating our deepest convictions about war, poverty, racism, abortion, capital punishment, and other moral issues into our nation's public life. Who can change the political wind? Only we can.
Jim Wallis is the author of the New York Times bestseller God's Politics, which electrified Americans disenchanted with how the Right had co-opted all talk about integrating religious values into our politics by offering an alternative voice. Wallis is a leading figure at the crossroads of religion and politics in America today, the author of eight books, and the founder of Sojourners, a global faith and justice network. He is a public theologian, an internationally renowned speaker and preacher, a faith-based activist, husband, and father to two young boys, and a Little League baseball coach.
David Crumm and ReadTheSpirit.com
The founder of Sojourners Magazine will turn 60 in the summer of 2008 and clearly he feels a powerful vocational calling to try to unite the various splintered groups within the evangelical movement behind a prayerful commitment to the timeless call to healing from the pages of Isaiah.
The book describes much of Wallis' own journey, including his recent, tearful reconciliation with Campus Crusade for Christ's Bill Bright after a painful, decades-long feud. Bright had pursued political strategies in the Religious Right and Wallis had been as staunch a critic of that movement as he has been a critic of what he calls "secular fundamentalism" in politics.
The book is terrific for discussion groups, because you won't have to work hard to prompt the flow of discussion. People will come to class eager to dig into this material from many points of view.
Jim Wallis is an inspiration to me for his witness of faith and his engagement with politics.
Jim Wallis is compelling, provocative, and inspirational, with faith that can move mountains and can certainly move people and communities.
Wallis at his usual passionate and brilliant self: he will move you to examine your conscience and search your soul.
Jim Wallis is the major prophetic evangelical Christian voice in the country.
“Wallis provides a refreshing alternative voice to the polarizing rhetoric currently popular.”
Vern Sowers3 Stars Out Of 5Some good points some not so much.May 14, 2012Vern SowersQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I would not recommend this book to anyone. However they can decide for themselves The book does provoke thought which is good to keep us on our toes.
Brandan JonesAge: 25-34Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5September 1, 2007Brandan JonesAge: 25-34Gender: maleI have mixed feels about "God's Politics." Jim Wallis makes some very good points in this book, but there are a few of his beliefs with which I am not in agreement. Wallis is very adamant about our faith being the basis of all our decision-making, especially in politics and government, and in reaching out to society's forgotten. He offers some statements, however, that I do not believe are in agreement with the bible. This is particularly evidenced in his argument that supporting and legalizing gay marriage is a matter of faith. I also do not agree with some of Wallis' claims concerning the United States' responsibility to the international community. In my opinion, some of his statements concerning the US' involvement in Iraq do not tell the whole story. He also repeats himself on numerous occasions, repeating the same passages two and three, or more, times. Nonetheless, Wallis makes very good points, adamantly raising awareness to the dire lack of faith based decision-making within our government and the lack of cooperation among politicians to deal with compelling social issues for partisan reasons rather than the common good.
Dr. Robert W. Kellemen5 Stars Out Of 5March 29, 2005Dr. Robert W. KellemenEither love him or loathe him because you'd have to work hard to be lukewarm about Jim Wallis and his new book, "God's Politics." As his subtitle suggests ("Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It"), Wallis calls for an integrative approach to politics and religion.His point of integration is well captured in the words of the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin's statement about, "a seamless garment of life" in which all issues that infringe on human life are important. As Wallis himself says in an open letter to Chuck Colson:"What I'm saying around the country is that there is a new option for American politics that follows from the prophetic religious tradition. It is `traditional' or `conservative' on issues of family values, sexual integrity, and personal responsibility while being very `progressive,' `populist,' or even `radical' on issues such as poverty and racial justice" (www.sojo.net).When you read "God's Politics," be prepared to think, to be upset, to disagree, to ponder, to be stretched. When you tell your friends about it, be prepared to be called a "liberal turncoat" by your conservative friends, or a "fundamentalist nutcase" by your liberal friends.Though I don't reach all the conclusion as Wallis, I have thought several times, "I wish I had written this book," and "I've always thought that there must be a way to be a Christian, love all of life, and care for the unborn as well as the disadvantaged born." Wallis has the courage, the mind, and the communication skills to weave together a tapestry that just might lead to a new American melting pot (to mix my metaphors).Reviewer: Dr. Bob Kellemen, author of "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction" and "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction.
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