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Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction [Hardcover]

By David Kuo (Author)
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David Kuo came to Washington wanting to use his Christian faith to end abortion, strengthen marriage, and help the poor. He reached the heights of political power, ultimately serving in the White House under George W. Bush. It was a dream come true: the chance to fuse his politics and his faith, and an opportunity for Christians not just to gain a seat at the proverbial table but also to plan the entire meal.

Yet his experience was deeply troubling. He had been seduced, just as so many evangelical conservatives had been seduced by politics. Tempting Faith is a wrenching personal journey and a heartfelt plea for a Christian reexamination of political and spiritual priorities.

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Studio: Free Press
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2006
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  0743287126  
ISBN13  9780743287128  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Kuo served as Special Assistant to the President under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. He has worked for numerous conservative leaders, including John Ashcroft, William Bennett, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole, and Ralph Reed. He is the author of the Good Morning America Book Club selection "Dot.Bomb: My Days and Nights at an Internet Goliath." He currently serves as the Washington editor of the Beliefnet Web site.

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Pres. Bush...smarter than we thought...  Mar 7, 2007
It seems George W. may be smarter than we thought. This book does an excellent job highlighting how Evangelicals (among others) were strung along with promises of Faith Based Initiatives only to be let down time and again. President Bush kept religious leaders happy and was able to court their support while actually not doing anything, not one single thing. Remarkable. I was always against the Faith Based stuff until I read Mr. Kuo's book. If the plans Mr. Kuo and others put forward were actually treated seriously or even paid attention to they could have had positive, far-reaching effects.

This book is a great insider's tale / autobiography. I view President Bush in a new light now, positive and negative.
used and abused  Feb 28, 2007
In his first presidential campaign George W. Bush promised to spend $8 billion per year in new money to help the poor through faith-based initiatives. As an earnest and talented evangelical Christian, David Kuo was euphoric, and in 2001 he joined the White House staff as a Special Assistant to Bush to help manage the new effort. At long last, he thought, he had found a way to use political means to further Gospel ends. Much to his credit, two years later he resigned when he realized that the Bush administration had done "less than nothing" to fulfill their promises. It was all "a farce, a brazen deception, smear tactics, a mirage." The grant application process was a sham and probably illegal and unconstitutional. Worst of all, he saw how instead of using politics to further the Gospel, his Bush colleagues played right wing evangelicals like a cheap violin to further their political ends, and in private derided them as dupes, nuts, and crazies. Evangelicals, Kuo discovered, were used and abused as an incredibly gullible gold mine of voters (over 80% of them voted for Bush), nothing more and nothing less. "We were good people," he concluded, "forced to run a sad charade, to provide political cover to a White House that needed compassion and religion as political tools."

Kuo has been hammered by Dobson, Colson and other conservative ideologues who cannot bear to admit what he has documented based upon extensive personal experience. I found him evenhanded in his treatment. He calls a spade a spade, gives people the benefit of the doubt, and tends not to judge their motives. He does a good job, for example, showing the flagrant disregard, derision, and breathtaking ignorance on the part of Democrats for people of faith and their concerns (all to their political loss, of course). Talk about out of touch--is it really possible that Terry McAuliffe, former head of the DNC, had no idea who Rick Warren was when he met him at a National Prayer Breakfast (p. 256: "Was it any wonder evangelicals preferred hanging out with Republicans?"). Kuo is hardest on himself. "I let the passion of politics distract me from what matters most in life." In fact, most of his book is a personal memoir about his own awakening to the corrosive environment of political power in which manipulation, fragile egos, broken marriages, propagandistic lies, and partisan ideology are the order of the day. Principled purists with a genuine conscience will pay a heavy price to play this game of pragmatists. For Kuo, a divorce, disillusionment, remarriage, and surgery for a massive brain tumor at the age of thirty-four changed all that, as did his growing realization that for Christians the Gospel should subvert political power, and not vice versa.
Temptng Faith by David Kuo  Feb 16, 2007
The book arrived in prime condition. It is a very well writtenand educational book in regards how the Givernement is run.. Price and delivery were vey good.
Render Unto Caesar, Remembering the Meaning of Evangelism  Feb 12, 2007
Kuo calls for a political "fast" from politics. Certainly, as he points out, the regligous right, also know as evangeliticals, haven't been successful in their efforts.

He ignores the great success religous people have had in political efforts, against slavery, against the Vietnam War and in favor of civil rights, etc. The point is in the moral issues related to how we treat each other, how we show God to the world, the religous can help the government figure out the right thing and how to do it.

When it comes to private morality, a government can't do the churches' job and control people's responses to their inner urges and change their hearts.

I'm not sure I believe in God. I "grew up in the church" and was an "observing Christian" for most of my life. Until now. The God I read about in the Bible, and who prompted me to devote my career to helping professions, isn't the one I hear espoused. The God whose word consistently calls for concern for the poor and for putting others first surely would not stand for the spokespeople he has now. I wonder how many people, less political than myself have been turned off by the self-serving, unloving picture presented by professional religious politicos who are more interested in other people's sex lives than helping others.
Pleased with his assertions.  Jan 15, 2007
Pleased to have read this book. I guess that the election results indicated that America heard some of the issues raised in this book and agreed. As an evangelical Christian I have always been wary of leaders (be it Christian or not) who are made to appear as infallible. The typical evangelical christian crowd appeared to have been hynotized by the idea of a pastor in chief, probably cheered on by myriads of pastors and ministry leaders who so desparately wanted some sanity in politics. I hope that evangelical christians find their voice again but then I hope it is actually the voice that comes from God.

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