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Overview Hugh Hewitt has worked for and with people in some of the most powerful and influential positions in the country. He knows what is required to reach and thrive in such positions, and in this book he shares some of that valuable, hard-won knowledge. In, But Not Of provides readers with valuable insights, wisdom, personal experiences, and advice on how to rise in the world and achieve the kind of radical success that honors God.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.42" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2003
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785263950 ISBN13 9780785263951 UPC 020049024775
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More About Hugh Hewitt
HUGH HEWITT is a lawyer, law professor and broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the U. S. every weekday afternoon. Professor Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, and has been teaching Constitutional Law at Chapman University Law School since it opened in 1995.
Hugh Hewitt currently resides in Los Angeles. Hugh Hewitt was born in 1956.
Reviews - What do customers think about In, But Not Of: A Guide to Christian Ambition?
Not much "Christian" about it Nov 8, 2007
I found Mr. Hewitt's perspective of what it means to be an "influential" Christian troubling. It appears that to him, being a positive influence for Christ means making it to the top of your chosen field of endeavor. Mr. Hewitt's book comes across to me as esentially nothing more than a "how to succeed in politics, business, or the arts" book, peppered with a few Biblical references here and there so that it can be marketed to a "Christian" audience. Noticeably absent to me is extensive discussion of what it means to be "influential" for Christ.
Moreover, and perhaps even more troubling, the book comes across to me as promoting a very self-focused life. Much of what he suggests is downright impractical (or in any event, ill-advised) for someone with a family to support. It was hard for me to keep reading the book after he devoted an entire chapter to the admonition to move to one of our nation's "Big Three" cities if you REALLY want to become a person of influence. Imagine that! If you really want to be a person who influences this country for Christ, you need to spend some time in either New York, Washington, Or LA! Not only that, Mr. Hewitt tells us that if we desire influence, we must move to one of these three cities even if our spouse doesn't want to move, and even if our children don't want to change schools! Remember, they don't matter! It's all about YOU and your AMBITION!
Mr. Hewitt, being influential for Christ has nothing to do with succeeding in the secular world. God can use the lowly in stature just as much as He can use the elevated in order to accomplish His purposes in this world.
With that said, I gave the book two stars instead of one because it actually does contain some good, worldly advice. However, in my opinion, it is not advice on how to be influential for Christ.
disappointing Nov 26, 2006
I was pretty disappointed with this book. It is pretty much a general "how to succeed in life" book ubiquitous in book stores everywhere with the pretext of apologizing for non-moral behavior( i.e.worship of status and reputation) in justifying the ends, a supposed more Christian nation. This book does not state anything new nor does it challenge or inspire. Let me save you some money and offer you alternative advice: Work ridiculously hard, put Christ the King above all, and success will come to you.
Buy one for a grad, and one for yourself Sep 14, 2006
I was not familiar with Hewitt's work and expected this title to be a philosophical analysis of the Christian dilemma: how to make one's way in a world awash in sin. In, But Not Of is a practical guide; and at the same time deeply philosophical and warmly spiritual. One can take issue with a few of Hewitt's points such as his rather silly recommendation that one move to NY, LA or DC but his principles are sound. We can be successful while staying true to the teachings of Christ; we are in fact solemnly obligated to do so. I wish I had had this book in my hands when I was younger but I have to acknowledge that it would have sat unread, gift card still tucked inside. Instead, I will make good use of the ample advice it offers people of all ages and share its many teaching points with the young people I have the great privilege to mentor today. Future generations will need leaders of principle.
Guide to Christian Management Aug 19, 2006
Hewitt has crafted this small volume to be a training manual and guidebook for those aspiring to bring Christian ethics to high places in business, academia and government.
Although written for all ages, it will be of more value to younger "ladder-climbers". I just gave a copy to my grandson heading for college for the first time, suggesting that, next to his Bible, this could be the most important book in his library.
For rich, militarist Christians May 14, 2006
Hugh Hewitt spends his time on the nation's airwaves flattering WMD developers like Frank Gaffney and other members of our military industrial mafia. If your Christ is a rich militarist, this book and Hewitt's show are for you. There do exist many well-funded churches of imperial theology, like some of the megachurches in Colorado Springs that encourage the war makers of the Air Force Academy. But, for those of you who feel "blessed are the peacemakers," I'd recommend the books of theology by Huston Smith, Karen Armstrong, Jim Wallis or Matthew Fox. All of whom have been featured guests on the leading program of progressive spirituality, New Dimensions Broadcasting.