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Overview An evangelical Christian and former Deputy Director of George W. Bush's Faith-Based Initiative charges the president's administration with manipulating people of faith, documenting his witness to the White House's canvassing of religious leaders to promote judicial appointments and policy approvals regardless of moral content. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
Publishers Description 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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New York Times Book Review - 10/21/2007 page 20
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Studio: Free Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.59" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0743287134 ISBN13 9780743287135
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More About David Kuo
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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Outstanding and insightful. May 27, 2007
Smart bomb treatment of how Bush led himself, his country and his ethically sound religious support base (not the sleeping with Satan group that Falwell and Robertson represent) disastrously astray.
informative, easy read May 12, 2007
David Kuo is a good read for those who are not high tech readers, as I am not. I appreciated his Christian perspective, as it was honest, compassionate and truthful from his point of reference. It was interesting and disheartening to learn how people of good intention give up their integrity to get votes for themselves or their party. It was inspirational to me, though, because I felt connected to people I will never meet and are so "high up" in the government, based on our similar human desire to help those in need. I am not a right wing republican, but I was able to see our common god-spirit. David, you are a gifted writer and an honorable man. Thank you for writing this book.
Christian conservatives, please read May 3, 2007
This book is a "must read" for anyone interested in the politics of President Bush's faith-based initiatives, and is highly recommended reading for Christian conservatives in particular.
It is highly readable, and the author is frank, funny and thoughtful all at once. His disillusioning experiences in the White House show how "compassionate conservativism" morphed from a concept aimed at winning soccer mom and ethnic votes to a wedge issue for conservatives without ever actually achieving anything concrete.
I do think there is a way to engage in politics without being spiritually corrupted, but Kuo certainly shows how difficult this can be.
--Alan Zundel, the HeartAwake Center
Unique viewpoint May 1, 2007
David Kuo writes as an insider on two counts -- one, as an insider in Washington, and the other as an insider into the born-again Christian culture. He paints a realistic picture of what is wrong without bashing the president, although he is very direct about pointing out problems -- serious problems.
Although he touches on other matters, a great deal of the book deals with the either forgotten or broken promises concerning the administration's "faith based" funding. He also shares how he became vulnerable to the power plays in Washington to his own detriment.
The most important conclusion he comes to is that a country cannot be made "righteous" through politics. In fact, Christianity was never designed to do that -- it is a personal faith in Jesus Christ and taking responsibility for our lives in a way that communicates Him to others. And he suggests that Christians take a "fast" from politics.
I feel cautiously optimistic that books like this one can serve two purposes: first of all, to remind the Christian community that Christianity is about a relationship with Jesus Christ. And it can also show people who may not be professing Christians that politics is not what Jesus Christ was ever out to get involved in -- that His kingdom was, and still is, not of this world.
Read it! It's worth it.
Moving and Meaningful Apr 11, 2007
I just finished reading it, and found it meaningful and moving.
I checked it out of the library Monday and finished it last night. It wasn't what I expected. It was written from a Christian perspective rather than a political one.
While Kuo is critical of the Bush White House for prioritizing politics over deeds, he is more critical of himself for falling into the same trap. He has some nice things to say about Bush, who he sees as an intelligent, committed Christian. It's just that the temptations of politics mean that the good he would have liked to accomplish gets lost in the process, and everything becomes about self-preservation. The old story of Washington.
This isn't a Republican-Democrat thing. He points out in several places that the Democrats have done the same thing, he even calls the process of slipping into the trap "Clintonization". It's about how power and politics tempt Christians into rationalization. It's a Shakespearian tragedy, really.
A couple of points--he makes it easy to see how he and others allowed the faith-based initiative to become so politicized. The logic makes sense if you're coming from a mostly political perspective. The town hall meetings that targeted swing states were actually some of the few times that something concrete was accomplished.
Again, this isn't the invective against the Republicans that some have described, and Kuo isn't a "closet Liberal" wanting to bring down the people he worked for. He's a Christian examining his own actions and calling others to do the same.
I found the early chapters where he first finds his way into politics and feels out his positions with Wilberforce as his ideal interesting. I've wondered about many of the things he talks about.
Overall, an excellent, moving book that defies stereotype. I would highly recommend it