A Free People's Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American FutureOs GuinnessInterVarsity Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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betty5 Stars Out Of 5A Free People's SuicideSeptember 2, 2016bettyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I bought this book because I had just read Eric Metaxas book, If You Can Keep It. I thot it was a wonderful book and some of his ideas came from this book. It's a hard book to read because it's time for us to stand up for honesty and integrity in our government and no one wants to do that. People really do need to read this book if there is any hope of keeping our American Dream of selfgovernment alive.
WillAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Os Guinness strikes a balanced approach.February 22, 2014WillAge: 35-44Gender: maleThis book is a must keep. Guinness realizes that the role of virtue is a necesary quality in public officials and its citizens; otherwise, the American experiment will inevitably collapse. This is not a sly argument for a theocratic government in the U.S. but one that encourages virtuous order and civility among and within the balance of powers and its citizens regardless of particular biases.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5essential reading for AmericansNovember 1, 2012bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5American's love freedom. But Guinness believes that America's deepest crisis at present is that of ordered liberty and sustainable freedom.
Freedom is its own greatest enemy. It can prove to be an Achilles' heel, dissipating into license, triviality, corruption, etc. Freedom requires order and self-restraint. Guinness believes, "Americans today are heedlessly pursuing a vision of freedom that is short-lived and suicidal." (29)
"If the founders were correct, contemporary America's pursuit of political leadership without character, economic enterprise without ethics and trust, scientific progress without human values, freedom without virtue...can only end in disaster." (34)
Guinness covers the founders' understanding of the tasks of sustainable freedom, the classical understanding of why no political systems have endured, the founders' solution to the challenge of sustaining freedom, the condition of American freedom today, America's international standing, and the possible grounds for America's restoration.
Guinness brings reality to the discussion. The world is flawed. There is not going to be any lasting victory for freedom in the world. American freedom is being tested in the international arena.
Guinness believes in the possibility of American renewal. He outlines the three tasks necessary for freedom to last. There will be a high price to pay if Americans do not act soon.
Guinness' book is not light reading. He critiques America's current situation. It is not an encouraging situation. But there is hope.
dddavidsAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Man's view, but is it God's view?September 16, 2012dddavidsAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This is a fascinatingly objective summary of the historical and philosophical foundations of the American Revolution, written by an Irishman. However, I was a bit surprised that the author, an accomplished Christian apologist, had so little to say about the contributions of Biblical or theological currents in the outflow from freedom's spring. His concluding optimism seems a bit humanistic and unsubstantiated by current events.
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