Monday, April 21, 2008

New Book

my ever-other-sunday small group is starting a new book, and i am pretty excited about it.  while i have always considered myself an evangelical christian, i have often felt like the "party line" of evangelicals does not fit me.  in the politics realm anyway.  i identify with the evangelical movement in its desire to hold to the primacy of the scriptures, and its unwillingness to discount the hard passages just because they are hard or unpopular, and the idea that the good news of the gospel is being forgiven by and having a relationship with Jesus.  however, the political parcel that usually goes along with that (big business, death penalty, downplaying of social justice, environment, education) has always been hard for me to swallow.  

this book promises to address that idea, that there is a subset of devout christians out there who do not fall in line with the religious right, who believe deeply in the fundamentals of christianity, but don't necessarily think that God would vote for only one political party.  and, as well, that many of the sweeping social reforms that have occurred in this nation have had as their driving force a time of religious revival--women's sufferage, abolition of slavery, etc.

at least, it seems like it from the dust jacket.  :)  haven't read much yet. 

image courtesy of good ol'  

anyone out there read it yet?  or relate to what i'm talking about?

edited to add an old-fashioned title and link, since the picture is apparently not showing up!


Anonymous said...

Hey sweetie,
I'm interested in what this book is but I can't get the picture to come up on my computer. Can you give me the name and author the 'old fashioned way'?
Love you,

joysnatcher said...

I, too, am interested, but the link didn't show up right. How do you get it to link from Amazon anyway?

christy said...

thanks for letting me know about the picture...i edited to add the link!

Anne said...

Jim Wallis rocks. I ran across Sojourners in the stacks of the library at Bible College and that community has been a light in the wilderness. Got to see him speak at the Episcopal cathedral in Denver a few years ago... Not to be missed!