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  1. LeslieS
    Illinois
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Political engagement demonstrates love to neighbors.
    September 17, 2020
    LeslieS
    Illinois
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For some time I have followed the And Campaign via Twitter, so I jumped at the opportunity to review the book Compassion (&) Conviction.

    Throughout Compassion (&) Conviction, a key theme is that Christians have a responsibility to be engaged in politics and that political engagement is one way in which we can show love to our neighbors and live out Micah 6:8. While emphasizing that Christians should be politically engaged, the authors also emphasize that winning political points must not detract from our Christian witness which is our higher priority. The authors also remind Christians that working with others who might not share the same religious views is a good thing and an opportunity to be "salt and light."

    One of the items readers will notice right away is that with their emphasis on and, the authors do an amazing job of treating multiple sides of issues equally. Instead of upholding one political party or side and demonizing the other, careful attention is given to treating each equally. After discussing the positives of a progressive viewpoint, the same attention is given to the positives of a conservative viewpoint before looking at negatives associated with each. Readers are also encouraged that it is important to critique your own political party and reminded that political party must never be placed higher than our allegiance to Christ.

    While particularly timely given the current election season, Compassion (&) Conviction is highly recommended for Christians who want to know more about how to be politically engaged in a Christ-honoring way. I particularly enjoy the discussion questions at the end of each chapter and the calls to not just read about politics but to actively engage in the topic with others. These resources make Compassion (&) Conviction an excellent resource for a small group study or as a supplemental text in a college level U.S. Government class.

    I received a complementary copy from InterVarsity Press via NetGalley. I was not required to provide a positive review.
  2. Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read!
    August 17, 2020
    Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Compassion & Conviction" is a great read for the Christian believer wanting to be more involved in politics and civic engagement. Around 130 pages, the book addresses many topics, including:

    - Better to lose a political battle than to compromise your character.

    - Be careful of falling into the trap of false binary choices (you have to pick one or the other option or line of thinking presented to you, instead of looking for other options or possibly combining the two choices. i.e., being pro-life and supporting women's health).

    - Serving God and being faithful to His Word is always more important than the world's opinion.

    - 7 principles to consider when evaluating whether to enter into a political or cultural partnership.

    - Importance of Christians being harmless as doves and being wise as serpents.

    - 8 guidelines for using effective and faithful communication in politics.

    - 4 steps towards racial reconciliation.

    - The unbiblical practice of of victim using self-justification to punish and oppress the victimizer.

    - Importance of Christians having strong critical thinking skills.

    Some of the things I really like about the book:

    - While the authors appeared to have either served in or supported the Obama administration, they are very balanced and objective in the shortcomings of both the Democrat and Republican parties. This was a breath of fresh air, especially in today's hyper-partisanship times.

    - Covers a variety of issues important to Christians: abortion, racism, immigration, human trafficking, etc. Something that really concerns me is seeing black and white churches focusing mainly on issues that are mainly important to them. While understandable that blacks are more concerned about racism and whites are more concerned about abortion, both issues (along with others) demean humans and must all be addressed!

    - Book is well-written, easy to follow and understand, and contains valuable information on engaging the culture.

    Will be an excellent future reference. Recommended.
  3. Danny B
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Finally a book true faithful guide to civic engagment
    August 3, 2020
    Danny B
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The & Campaign has finally given us what so many have been asking for, a clear biblical way to engage in civic life and public service. Compassion & Conviction is for anyone who thinks we can engage better in civic life and politics. For anyone who feels too progressive for conservatives and too conservative for progressives. For those who feel politically homeless and civically isolated.

    Compassion and Conviction is only about 140 pages long and is packed full of information & instruction. They start by laying a clear foundation on why it is our Christian and civic duty to engage in our local, state, and national political systems. Then move into a clear explanation of the judicial, legislative, and administrative branches of government and their delineation of duties. My most favorite chapter was Protest & Advocacy and is gold for anyone who is looking to make a change in their community.
  4. Kevin
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great resource for Christians across the political spectrum
    July 25, 2020
    Kevin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I highly recommend this book! I think the crowning achievement of this book is its tone. It is neither cynical nor naive, and it is not rancorous and vindictive like much of the political rhetoric we hear today. Instead, it is consistently hopeful. The authors do not see politics as an ultimate end but as a means to the end of serving others, especially the poor and vulnerable. This book is for any Christian who wants to love their neighbor in politics but does not feel at home in either political party. The framework for civic engagement that the book outlines is built on the hope and primacy of the gospel. It is well researched and pulls from the truth of Scripture and historical precedent to make its case. I found the book to be intellectually rigorous while also practically helpful. It covers a lot of ground, including a Christian motivation for civic engagement, the relationship between church and state, how to decipher political messaging, and many other topics. Here are some quotes that stood out to me:

    Matthew 5:13 urges us toward a proactive approach of loving our fellow humans and pursuing the rights of the marginalized (see also Isaiah 1:17). The prevailing idea of this book is that politics is a compelling platform for Christians to respond to this scriptural call.

    Christians ought to evaluate all political issues through the love and truth of the gospel. This is a both and proposition, not either or. The world separates the two, but the gospel transcends the false divide and shows that we must value both.

    Politics provides Christians with an opportunity to actively love our neighbors through advocacy, policymaking, and civic representation. To refuse to engage in politics is to refuse to take advantage of a useful tool for Gods work.

    As Christians, failing to apply biblical values to our political decisions is unfaithful to our mission. Christianity is not just about going to church. It is a way of seeing and understanding the world around us that should affect everything we do. In other words, Christianity is both a lifestyle and a worldview. We cannot separate what we believe in the political arena from who we are in Christ and what obedience to God demands.

    Our identity should not be tied up in either progressivism or conservatism. We should not hesitate to correct either when necessary. When conservatism means preserving unjust systems and institutions, it must be opposed. When progressivism means moving from Gods truth, it too must be opposed.
  5. Matthew Bartko
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I can hardly wait to lead a Bible study looking at the verses cited in this book.
    July 25, 2020
    Matthew Bartko
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I just finished this book and it is excellent. I can hardly wait to lead a Bible study looking in the verses cited in this book.
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