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  1. momof5
    Westmoreland, TN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must read
    September 30, 2021
    momof5
    Westmoreland, TN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    This book is a great primer for what I think is coming to Christendom, for what is in the beginning stages in the USA and is ripe in many places in the world. We must be ready to stand faithful during persecution. To be ready, we need the examples of the faithful who have gone before. Live Not by Lies is a buffet of faithful witnesses to the goodness of our God in the midst of suffering.

    Being a dyed-in-the-wool protestant, the emphasis on Catholicism and Orthodoxy left me slightly off balance, but Rod Dreher convinced me that he worships and serves the same God that I call Lord.

    Strengthen and confirm your faith in the One True God. Read Live Not By Lies.
  2. just a mom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    timely
    April 16, 2021
    just a mom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A very well researched, thoughtful book. A bit discouraging in the beginning as you see the parallels in the events of America today, but Dreher brings you back to where your hope is found. The Word of the Lord stands forever.
  3. mDav
    Seattle, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredible, powerful, convicting read
    April 9, 2021
    mDav
    Seattle, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If I could urge you to read one nonfiction book this year/quarter/X time period, "Live Not by Lies" would be it. Regardless of political-party preference, this book will challenge and inform the reader in a way I've not seen for some time.

    While Dreher primarily addresses the political realities in America today, I believe readers from other countries will still find the read informative, enlightening, and insightful--especially as he draws on the experiences of persecuted Christians worldwide, with a special emphasis on those in the former Soviet bloc.

    You may say that America is by no means totalitarian, and never could be. Dreher would beg to differ. "A totalitarian society is one in which an ideology seeks to displace all prior traditions and institutions, with the goal of bringing all aspects of society under control of that ideology. [It] aspires to nothing less than defining and controlling reality. Truth is whatever the rulers decide it is." (eARC loc. 235) Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so too.

    Dreher's title stems from a Solzhenitsyn publication in 1974 urging the Soviet people to "live not by lies": "Everybody says that they have no choice but to conform, says Solzhenitsyn, and to accept powerlessness. But that is the lie that gives all the other lies their malign force. The ordinary man may not be able to overturn the kingdom of lies, but he can at least say that he is not going to be its loyal subject." (eARC loc. 373-380).

    I really appreciated the real-life stories Dreher included throughout this book. Earlier this year I read Nik Ripken's book "The Insanity of God," detailing his entrance into missions work and pivot into the study of persecuted Christians worldwide (particularly Soviet-bloc and Asian), and felt that Dreher's expounds on that even further and more effectively for the reader. Soviet-bloc Christians know what it is to suffer under Communism, and have seen the writing on the American wall for upwards of 30 years or more.

    Dreher does an excellent job at summarizing what soft totalitarianism even is and how we (America in particular) got here (it didn't happen overnight!), then pivoting into "what's next"--plenteous and practical action items for Christians moving forward. (Suddenly, Orwell's "1984" became relevant for me again. I almost ... emphasis almost ... want to read it a second time, lol.) He exhorts Christians to decide now--before totalitarianism gains any more of a foothold--on how to respond. In short: "draw close to authentic spiritual leadership...form small cells of fellow believers...[and] See, Judge, Act" (eARC loc. 393).

    Powerful, stunning read that certainly woke me up; I pray it does the same for other readers, and that each person will be so bold as to read and engage with it and those around them, regardless of political or religious affiliation. We truly are in a battle "not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).

    I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
  4. SufferingAsPraise
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must Reading for this Era
    April 2, 2021
    SufferingAsPraise
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A sobering and challenging look at the world in which Christians live and how we ought to prepare for the future as well as respond now. Told via the experiences of Christians who lived under oppression and persecution behind the Iron Curtain, we need to realize we are not safe and our lives will change. The question before the reader: are you going to seek comfort and safety over integrity and living up to your faith?
  5. Forewarned
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Live Not by Lies
    March 26, 2021
    Forewarned
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Well thought out, well written book supported by facts calling out the bigotry of the growing totalitarianism in our country.
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