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Religious liberty is under attack in America. Your freedom to believe may not last much longer.
Now the former Editor-in-Chief of RedState.com joins with Christian author Bill Blankschaen to expose the war in America on Christians and all people of faith who refuse to bow to the worst kind of religion – secularism – one intent on systematically imposing its agenda and frightening doubters into silence. You Will Be Made to Care features first-hand accounts from Christians who’ve been punished for their beliefs and offers hope for preserving freedom of conscience with practical steps that believers, families, pastors, church leaders, and citizens can take to resist tyranny, and experience a resurgence of faith in America.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Regnery Faith
Publication Date: 2016
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Bill Blankschaen is a speaker, writer, and blogger at Patheos, and the author of A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life.
Mark Levin, host of The Mark Levin Show and author of Men in Black
"Erick Erickson is a brilliant thinker who knows how to deliver truth with punchy wit and without trigger warnings. This book explains to American Christians that ignoring the culture around us will not rewind us back to some safer place in the past. More than that, the book is a catalyst for thinking through a path forward for the years to come. Read this book and ponder how we can leave an inheritance for our children of liberty and justice, for all."
Russell Moore, president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
"As William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, so aptly put it: We will either be ruled by God, or we will be ruled by tyrants. We cannot let the tyrants win. This fantastic book is a huge leap toward victory!"
Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Foreign Agent
"Few more prophetic words have been spoken in our recent political discourse than 'You will be made to care.' Erick Erickson and Bill Blankschaen underscore in a convincing and justifiably alarming way that the Left is not looking for mere tolerance but to force social conservatives, indeed everyone, into submission to their ideologyprosecuting and persecuting along the way. You might not care about the agenda of social liberalismbut, menacingly, it cares about you. This is a must-read book."
David Limbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus on Trial and The Emmaus Code
Wayne S. WalkerSalem, ILAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5every freedon loving person needs to read this bookJuly 3, 2016Wayne S. WalkerSalem, ILAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What do former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, Washington State florist Barronelle Stutzman, Iowa art gallery owners Betty and Dick Odgaard, Augusta State University counseling student Jennifer Keeton, Gallaudet University chief diversity officer Angela McCaskill, New Mexico photographers Jonathan and Elaine Hugenin, and many others have in common? They have all been made to care in the culture wars to force everyone in our society to affirm homosexuality as normal. To all those who say they dont care about the culture war, Erick Erickson, former Editor-in-Chief of RedState.com, and Christian author Bill Blankschaen have only one response: The Left will not let you stay on the sidelines. You will be made to care. The nineteen chapters of this book are divided into three parts.
Part 1, First They Come for Your Faith, features first-hand accounts from Christians whove been punished for their beliefs. Part 2, Then They Make You Care, shares perspectives of concerned leaders to make the case that Americans of faith cant afford to ignore whats happening. Part 3, How to Win the War, offers hope for preserving freedom of conscience with practical steps that believers, families, ministers, church leaders, and citizens can take to resist tyranny and experience a resurgence of faith in America. Not all members of the LGBT community are like the vocal, activist minority who demand that everyone kowtow to their every whim and desire or else be charged with discrimination, but the Left generally and the LGBT community especially will not like this book. One critic dismissed it with the wave of the hand, saying, Sob stories of people who were not allowed to discriminate against others because of theirsexual orientation.
Yes, the book is about discrimination, but the examples cited are not of people who discriminated by refusing to serve gays, but of people who were discriminated against by being forced by law to participate in activities which violate their religious beliefs and rights of conscience. For example, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado had for years served both gay and straight customers equally, but a homosexual couple demanded that he give his seal of approval to their ceremony by using his baking artistry to decorate a customized cake to celebrate their relationship. And the government agreed. As the authors point out, the Left is all for tolerance, but their tolerance flows only one way, forcing people to comply with their beliefs in the name of tolerance but offering no such tolerance to those who disagree. Rather, it seeks not only to silence those who disagree but also to compel them to approve. Every freedom-loving, Bible-believing person needs to read this book.
Chris5 Stars Out Of 5You Will Be Glad You Own This BookFebruary 23, 2016ChrisQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I was first chosen as one of one hundred bloggers to get a preview of the book "You Will Be Made To Care" by Erick Erickson and Bill Blankshaen. Im afraid my first thought was, What have I gotten myself into? I mean lets face it, who has the time these days. And besides, I have a stack of books Ive been meaning to read already piled on my nightstand. But, Id made a commitment and I was going to see it through. Im immensely glad I did.
I hesitate to use phrases like, an important book or an essential part of your library, because they may come across as reviewer hyperbole. They shouldnt. You Will Be Made To Care is both important and essential. Buy this book. And as soon as you do, start reading it. This book is both a wake-up call and a call to action for everyone that believes in our first amendment freedom of religion.
As an author myself, I have written often about the war on faith that is taking place in our country. Despite my familiarity with the topic, I found myself stunned to see so many stark examples of that war chronicled in one book. I shook my head as I read of one innocent person of faith after another that simply wanted to live out that faith but that were denied this fundamental right. Readers will find it breathtaking just how often this is occurring in our nation.
The authors do an outstanding job of introducing you to victims of religious persecution and their stories yet what theyve created is much more than a laundry list of grievances. They present each instance in a way that bonds the reader with the principal players involved and gives the essential facts of their cases while never overwhelming with needless detail.
More importantly, the real world situations they cite are not chronicled so as to depress or discourage, far from it. Instead they provide a backdrop for a book that at its core is a clarion call. The authors make excellent use of powerful scriptures throughout. The book is effectively populated by quotes from great Christian thinkers of history as well as some of our most prolific modern day scholars.
Ultimately, You Will Be Made To Care lays out real world strategies and tactics for the person of faith who is tired of just shaking their head in disgust and disbelief at the darkness of the culture and who instead has determined that the time has come for us all to do something. I have no doubt that if the tactics presented in this book are followed by believers across this nation, the tide of anti-Christian cultural bias will turn.
I couldnt help but be struck by the fact that I finished the book over this past weekend after having heard about the passing of Justice Scalia, that conservative giant. He is deeply mourned and will be sorely missed. Yet I cant help but wonder if perhaps we as believers have leaned too often and too heavily on leaders like Scalia. With him on the court, writing his brilliant opinions, I think we assumed that sooner or later that brilliance would prevail. I think we felt that sooner or later a Scalia, or a Zachrias, or a Mohler would finally win the argument. Scalias passing reinforced what Scripture has already taught us. Namely, that the call to defend the faith is a call upon each of us who are members of the faith community. This book is a valuable and worthwhile tool for any who would answer that call.
Kilibob5 Stars Out Of 5Everybody Should Care NowFebruary 23, 2016KilibobQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From The Audacity to Believe to You Are Not Alone, this book will enrage, calm, and inspire you. It's not a castigatory or preachy read, and the style of writing has broad appeal and a strong narrative sense. By the time you finish, you will likely find yourself feeling more educated, better informed, and quite possibly somewhat enlightened.
You may believe you can guess at the contents from the title, but it's more than that - more even than the liner notes hint at. This book makes a strong case that there is, in fact, an attack against Freedom of Thought, or of the Mind, currently underway in the USA. This premise is well-developed, and the introductory chapters do a great job of setting up the core freedoms and principles at stake, and in play.
It's interesting to note which stories reach national audiences. Most people know about "those florists" and "that baker," of course "that Duck Dynasty fellow," maybe "that pizza place" and possibly a handful of others. Yet before the first chapter is through, you will have summaries of fully fifteen instances of similar attacks, and your "wait a minute" meter will likely be pinging like mad. Especially as these aren't just stories - these are ruined lives.
Each chapter tends to be structured around one or more real-world cases or occurrences, using the specifics of each to refine and illustrate old and new points, building not just a strong sense of scope, but also of breadth. A strong, personal voice connects these info-dumps and recitations of facts into an honest narrative - no small feat considering the amount of sourcing here - and it's done quite well indeed. There was never a point where I felt like I was being lectured to, nor condescended to; I neither felt overwhelmed nor underwhelmed with facts and details. I don't find that as common as I might prefer in books of this nature, and it was a joy to experience and mandates my wholehearted recommendation for that alone.
I do not self-identify as a Christian, despite having been brought up as such (and baptized of my own will), and this book chilled me to the core. It steeled my resolve against the predators infecting our culture - and make no mistake, they intend to stalk, kill, and utterly destroy their prey - but in a way quite unexpected. I didn't come away with a burning hatred nor anger nor "must move NOW...honey, where's my powder" feeling. I did, however, experience a quiet, focused, centered resolve. I felt as if I had a stronger understanding of "right" and of the stakes at play in these, and upcoming, battles for the very sanctity of our thoughts. I felt inspired and happy, along with all of these things.
Erickson frequently (okay, maybe periodically, of late, but still) talks about being a happy warrior: of not allowing yourself to be consumed by anger and hatred and stress and bile and other toxins, but of finding that peace and center to approach the World, so that you might simply do what you may towards what must be done and sleep at night on the balance.
This book embodies that spirit: the Spirit of the Happy Warrior.
Greg the Engineer5 Stars Out Of 5You Will be Made to CareFebruary 23, 2016Greg the EngineerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Today we watch things change at lightning pace. What was right has become wrong, and what was wrong has become right. YWBMTC was written to give insight into whats really going on and why it is happening.
Erickson and Blankschaen are unabashed followers of Christ who love God first, and also love America. This book is the result of their investigation into the the loss of religious freedom weve all been seeing occur at breakneck pace. By analyzing the circumstances behind the headlines, they reveal a continual current intended to erode our religious liberty. You may think you that will merely mind your own business and not care what they do to others, but you will not have that option. The authors show how the sideline is disappearing: You Will be Made to Care.
The book is well-organized and a pleasure to read. Although it contains stories of the absolute destruction of peoples lives, it is written with hope for the future. The tone of the book is winsome and engaging. It answers many questions that bewildered me, and some that Id never thought of such as:
Why must the Left force its beliefs on us?
Why do the Lefts views keep changing while no one calls them out for hypocrisy?
Why doesnt the Left understand when someone doesnt change with the times?
What is the true religion of the Left?
How is the Left working to minimize the effect of the gospel in our culture?
What really is freedom, and why have we had it in America?
What is Freedom of Worship, and why should you care?
In what ways is marriage a weight-bearing wall in society?
What is the end game of redefining marriage?
What are the real, human costs of redefining gender?
What can God-fearing community do about this large culture shift?
Besides surrender, what can we do as believers, as families, as churches, and citizens?
For me, YWBMTC is perfectly timed. It is exactly what I needed to read. One more thing this book assures you: if you have some of the same questions as I had, you are not alone. This is a handbook for normal people to help us understand what is happening and begin to take steps to reverse it. Reversal will be neither quick nor easy. But Erickson and Blankschaen make the case that if we all will persist in doing the kinds things of things they suggest, we will eventually win society back.
Mark R Matthews5 Stars Out Of 5You are not alone!February 23, 2016Mark R MatthewsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a well written indictment of the current direction of our culture. However, rather than feeling despair, Erick Erickson and Bill Blankschaen have powerfully delivered great hope that we can make a difference because 'You are not alone. And never will be. Never forget it."