This book was profoundly disturbing to me. Not because of the subject matter. Steve Brown often speaks and writes about Christian freedom. But never before have I heard him admit to being a stinking Republican. Okay to be honest, I added the "stinking" adjective.I have read several of Brown's previous books and consider them to be outstanding resources for living the life God wants me to live. This book is no exception. I have to ask however, was it really necessary to make such a confession? How can I recover from such disconcerting news?Brown recounts for us in this book, the moment when he admitted to his fellow seminary students that he was a conservative. His decription is so vivid that I can actually imagine their horror.One of many valid points that Brown makes is that we do harm to ourselves and a great disservice when we marginalize, catagorize and avoid those whose views differ from our own. He encourages us to participate in open, honest dialogue with these... people. This is easier said than done owing to the passion with which we hold these views.He does more than simply offer platitudes about how we should live. He actually practices what he preaches. He counts among his friends, Tony Campolo and Ann Lamott, two wonderful Democrats. If I someday get to meet Brown, I hope he will count me among his friends as well. I consider him to be a man of God and an excellent teacher. I mean, you gotta love the guy. Something must just happen to his mind when he walks into a voting booth.I give this book 5 stars because it speaks to a truth that is often ignored and seldom taught. Christ has made us free, but we usually don't live like it.I've really covered just a small part of the book. Brown writes very little about politics, but I was so stunned, that I was distracted from writing about anything else.With his admission of conservative tendencies, Brown has helped me avoid one of the pitfalls he cites in chapter six, Hero Worship.
Steve Brown is honest, interesting, fun and Biblical. Steve's message in this book is to be free. Jesus said, "The truth will set you free." and when we stop pretending we are perfect and admit to God, ourselves and the people around us that we struggle with sin, the shakles fall away. God wants us to be honest and He forgives us, loves us and uses us in spite of our sin. The sins of Moses, Abraham, David, Peter and others God used in powerful ways, are clearly shown to us in God's Word.Steve shows us many of the self-imposed shakles todays Christians are held by and encourages us to be free of them by the grace of God. This book will help you understand the message of the Gospel so that you can be free in Christ! Please read it and pass it on to someone you love!