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The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America [Hardcover]

By Jim Wallis (Author)
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Citing the failures of political venues to resolve issues in such arenas as health care, the environment, and education, the author of the best-selling God's Politics argues that faith-based agendas in the past enabled watershed reforms, in an account that provides a religious roadmap for tackling major world problems.

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What will it take to solve the biggest issues of our time: extreme and needless poverty, global warming and environmental degradation, terrorism and the endless cycle of violence, racism, human trafficking, health care and education, and other pressing problems? While Washington offers only the politics of blame and fear, Jim Wallis, the man who changed the conversation about faith and politics, has traveled the country and found a nation hungry for a politics of solutions and hope. He shows us that a revival is happening, as people of faith and moral conviction seek common ground for change.

Wallis also reminds us that religious faith was a driving force behind our greatest national reforms, such as the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement. These "great awakenings" happened periodically at crucial times in our nation's history to propel us toward the common good. The time is ripe for another movement that will transform this country. With The Great Awakening, Wallis helps us rediscover our moral center and provides both the needed inspiration and a concrete plan to hold politics accountable and find solutions to our greatest challenges.

From Publishers Weekly
First, the good news: according to Wallis, founder of Sojourners and author of the bestseller God's Politics, the era of the Religious Right is over, and a new crop of under-thirty progressives may well be taking American religionand American politicsby storm. The bad news: People of faith need to get to work to further this grassroots support for social justice. Wallis draws on lively stories from his speaking engagements and world travels to discuss how the silent majority of religious Americans who don't feel represented by the Religious Right's agenda can first take comfort in their sheer numbers and then take action in their communities to fight poverty, clean up the environment and eradicate disease. The book is as passionate, engaging, and emotionally moving as readers have come to expect from Wallis, who comes across as a Rauschenbuschian teddy bear, alternately stumping for justice and proclaiming God's love. As a cohesive book, however, this has a rough and clunky sensibility, with considerable repetition of ideas, examples, and even phrasing. It has the feel of discrete essays and speeches that have been knocked together and too lightly edited. Still, fans of God's Politics who are eager to learn about the next step will find compelling ideas and stories here. (Jan. 22) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America by Jim Wallis has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 08/26/2008 page 37
  • Publishers Weekly - 12/10/2007 page 53
  • Library Journal - 02/15/2008 page 110
  • Christianity Today - 04/01/2008 page 71

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperOne
Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.56" Height: 1.15"
Weight:   1.24 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2008
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060558296  
ISBN13  9780060558291  

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More About Jim Wallis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jim Wallis is the founding editor of Sojourners magazine and a well-known Christian leader for social change. An activist, writer, and popular speaker, his books include Who Speaks for God?; Faith Works; The Soul of Politics: A Practical and Prophetic Vision for Change (The New Press); and, most recently, the national bestseller God's Politics. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Delirious or Disillusioned  Apr 4, 2010
By far the most worthless writing I've come across this year. I suspected Jim Wallis to be a left-wing liberal just knowing the forward was from former President Jimmy Carter. But, I gave him the benefit of the doubt believing even a liberal has the capacity to produce some genuine history from time to time. Unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed. I didn't think anyone could be so inept at handling the history, philosophy, and theology of the Great Awakenings. In that, the author must have been delirious from fever while doing his research or he was clearly disillusioned in his interpretation of these historic events. So readers beware if you're looking for revisionist history with a progressive liberal agenda this is your book. But, if you're looking for factual history about the Christian Great Awakenings in the U.S. look somewhere else.
Progressive Christian Politics  Mar 8, 2010
The Great Awakening is the companion and follow up to God's Politics in which Jim Wallis calls for a new sort of politics among Christians, which emphasizes not just a few hot button issues, but rather a policy that addresses the many life threatening issues that we are facing in our world today.

This book echoes the message of God's Politics, and calls Christians to a new awakening. Wallis is passionate about both Christianity and politics and both shines is this book. Wallis grounds his book in the understanding that the message of Jesus is inherently political; divorcing his message from political undertones strips the message of the gospels of their power. Wallis consistently appeals to the themes of the Kingdom of God, and justice as key characteristics of the message of Jesus. These themes are to be understood by the church as the foundation for Christian's action in the world.

Wallis continues his book by addressing several hot button issues including racial diversity, a consistent ethic of life, family values, responsible stewardship of creation, and peace. At every turn Wallis calls forth Christians to think and act in a Christian way. For too long Christian politics have been co-opted by the Religious Right, something Wallis continually critiques because of their narrow focus on issues, and blatant disregard for others which Wallis considers to be essential.

The Great Awakening calls Christians to further action, and points to a new way forward. It calls Christians to truly love their neighbor, to fight against the continued racial boundaries that constrain many in America. Wallis pleads with Christians to consider their stewardship over God's good creation, and our responsibility to care for what God has left us stewards over.

A consistent ethic of life includes not only support for pro-life legislation, but must be expanded from the cradle to the grave. 30,000 people will die today from preventable diseases, a fact which is often lost on Christian conservatives who focus their sole attention on abortion. A holistic Christian is one who fights for the unborn; while at the same time joins the battle to provide medical help for those who so desperately need it.

As with any book, the author does not come to the table without presuppositions, and biases. Wallis is no different. If there is a weakness to his book, it is the perceived hubris that at times comes across in his writing. While the Religious Right certainly damaged both politics, and Christians understanding about their responsibility in the political world, they are not the pariahs that Wallis seems to make them out to be. At times the constant criticism of only one side of the coin makes the book somewhat less believable, and reminds the reader of the constant partisan politics which Washington so frequently falls into, thereby rendering them unable to pass legislation which would make a significant impact on our world.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in a new way forward in politics, Christian or not, this book will be helpful for any reader, and lead them to a greater understanding of the issues which we must be concerned about, and the issues that we must address.

about 150 pages too long  Feb 1, 2010
This book's premise is rather straightforward but the author is given to prolixity. I was fatigued at the end. Important topic. Poor delivery.
Past politics  Mar 20, 2009
I borrowed this book from our local library but found that I wanted a copy around to remind myself of what we all should be working towards: not just rhetoric about anti-abortion, but how to make fewer abortions reality. Not just condemning people for being poor, but helping create a better society that makes all grow rich.
Great Awakening is a great book  Jan 6, 2009
Jim Wallis is approaching the new frontier of faith-based politics, moving beyond the Religious Right to engaging faith in a fresh way that can bring real change. He analyzes past faith-based revival movements and asserts we may be on the cusp of another. Great read.

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