Be the People - A Call to Reclaim America's Faith & Promise is a call to arms for a nation that has drifted far from the moorings of its' foundation.
Tackling such difficult topics as religion, race, immigration and the decline and decay of the family, Dr. Swain does an admirable job of placing these issues out on the table - arguing that it is well beyond time for us to have grown up discussions on these issues.
The book not only provides for historical perspectives when addressing these issues, but presents at the end of each chapter a call to arms with challenges to the reader to become active. The last chapter of the book again proves to be an inspiration for the reader to do more than complain. The author weaves in the Old Testament story of Caleb - one of the two original spies sent into the Promised Land. Caleb was promised that the land upon which he walked would be his. It took 45 years from that original promise, but Caleb, at the age of 85, approaches Joshua and says, "Give me my mountain!" Pure determination. If we are to see our nation successful again, we must be determined in our approach to return this nation to its moral foundation!
If you like reading about the founding of our nation, you would enjoy reading this book. I recommend this book to all and urge you to get involved!
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"Does the God of the broken American covenant still judge nations?"
Those of us who call ourselves Christians and presume to ask for God's blessing must never forget that His ability to bless a nation is integrally tied to His ability also to curse that same nation.
In Be The People, Swain discusses current politically charged topics such as religious freedoms and our country's founding principles, feminism, abortion, defining family and marriage, immigration, and race issues. Swain, an obviously conservative Christian herself, unapologetically tackles these topics from a boldly Biblical viewpoint. Though solutions are proposed relating to the current problems being discussed, a large portion of the book is composed of the bemoaning of the wrongs within our country's political system. For this reader, the over-lamenting became somewhat repelling.
In addition to the excellent references at the back of the book each chapter contains "action points" challenging the reader to be more involved and better informed with the growth and development of this country. For those who participate in book clubs or discussion groups her website contains excellent questions related to each chapter.
I have to be honest: when I agreed to review this book I approached it with a good amount of skepticism. I've read a lot of books from authors who seem to think that America is Ã¢â¬ËGod's chosen people'Ã¢â¬âa viewpoint I don't agree withÃ¢â¬âso any book about Christian patriotism-type issues makes me edgy.
My skepticism quickly vanished, though, when I started reading. In writing Be the People, Carol Swain has created a straightforward, bold, and powerful presentation on the state of the American culture and nation. Well thought-out, deeply grounded in the author's Christian faith, and exhaustively researched, Be the People presents a vivid and, I truly believe, accurate picture of our country today. And the picture is not encouraging.
Carol Swain shares my belief that, while America as a nation is not Ã¢â¬ËGod's chosen people' (that status belongs to Israel), our country was founded on a covenant: that we would build a nation on Christian morals, values, and principals. The definitive nature of a covenant involves consequences following the failure of one party to uphold their end of the agreement. And America has certainly fallen far away from the foundation they established and agreed to follow.
Carol Swain's revealing discussion of the moral and political perversion plaguing America today is certainly thought-provoking. Even frightening.
Could we as a nation have incurred God's judgment upon ourselves? As Christians who still hold fast to the principals laid out for us in the Bible, and who still consider the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights to be the highest authority in the land, what can we do to turn the tide of the tail-spinning American culture? Is it too late to turn the ship around? Read Be the People to hear Carol Swain's intelligent discussion of a difficult, highly controversial topic.
Due to some of the subject matter and the author's frank, unflinching manner of dealing with it, I don't recommend the book to anyone under eighteen. However, I believe that much could be gained by parents reading the book themselves, then discussing or reading select chapters with their younger teens. The book also includes several appendices containing unabridged copies of the Ten Commandments, The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the United States Constitution, all of which I believe every American should have a solid familiarity and comprehension of.
I cannot stress it enough: every Christian American must read this book. I just finished reading it this morning and already have three people waiting to borrow it from me. Please, Americans, if you care about your nation and the tragic direction it is taking, read this book. Share it with friends. Discuss it with your church. Teach it to your children. America needs this book. I pray a special blessing for Carol M. Swain for caring enough and for having the courage to write it.
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This is an enjoyable book, however I must say I have read a few others that are exactly like it, and I can imagine there are dozens more. I must give Carol credit though, because she is a very powerful and strong writer, with mind-changing abilities. This would be a good read for anyone interested in learning and reading about politics, especially from the conservative side.
Carol was excellent at breaking things and topics down so you could really understand them. We really live in an age of deception, from politics to religion, and Carol explains how and why deception is everywhere in not only the United States, but everywhere!
I found this book to be very brave and courageous and knowlegable. I was very excited to keep reading this book and find out what happens next
Be the people by Carol Swain is overall a good book I would say. It addresses our current political climate as well as an issue by issue breakdown from a right wing conservative perspective (though this is not by any means exhaustive as it deals only with the chief areas of concern for the conservative mind). It is an enjoyable read if you are on the right politically (after all, it was endorsed by Sean Hannity who is one of the leading conservative voices of our day) and interested in political books. One big draw back I would give this book, tough, is that it is by no means unique. You can literally buy dozens, probably even hundreds, of books just like it. Books dealing with the same issues from the same perspectives with the same conclusions. If you haven't already read any of the many books that are a kind of conservative political synopsis ,or at least a recent one since the political landscape changes so much over the years, then this book is for you. If you don't like conservative ideas or have read the many similar books then maybe you pass. Still, it's an enjoyable read either way.
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