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The Minor Protection Act [Paperback]

By Jodi Cowles (Author)
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The battle for the future of American Christianity is being waged -- which side will win is anybody's guess. This cutting-edge novel by first-time Boise, Idaho author Jodi Cowles revolves around the Minor Protection Act. It sounds innocent enough, yet if this campaign proves successful, Christianity as we know it will cease to exist in the United States. For no religion can stand when its children are taken out of the picture.

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Studio: Musterion
Pages   286
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
ISBN  1933204117  
ISBN13  9781933204116  

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Minor Protection Act  May 30, 2008
MPI is a very important book, especially relevant...right on current as today's news! MPI is devastatingly accurate in its concepts, a must-read for those who are concerned that ALL American citizens retain their right to worship as they choose.

As I read the book, I was amazed at how close to what is happening today are the catastrophes depicted so well. Much of it could almost be labeled 'prophecy.' Miss Cowles is amazingly insightful! Bravo! And I might add, `encore,' (please). Thank you, thank you, thank you for this book!
The Minor Protection Act by Jodi Cowles  Sep 22, 2007
A novel that seems a lot like non-fiction...

Jodi Cowles has written an exciting, yet frightening look at what may happen to America if we forget our first love: Jesus. Unfortunately, that is just what is happening today. When we give up our fight against sin and become complacent about our own rights as Christians, we allow the minority of atheists to make the laws.

What would happen if we stopped allowing prayer in school? If we told God we didn't need Him in the public arena? Would sinfulness or Godliness rule?

Oh, yeah.

We've done that. Suicide, rape, mass murder...yep, they are all too common within our school systems today.

What if we take it a step further and say that you must teach all religions to your children, especially atheism? What if we say that you cannot tell your child what sin is according to the Bible...after all, sin brings judgement. We cannot allow people to judge others. We cannot allow God to judge us either. If there is judgement, a person's self-esteem is lowered. Hate is the result. We must accept all sin. Who is to say that homosexuality is sinful? Don't judge. What? You aren't judging the person, just the sin? But there is no sin. You are hate-filled. You are a criminal! We need to take away your children so you don't spread hate.

The result? Being a Christian is illegal.

What would you do?

Where would you go?

How could you help save your children and future generations?

Have we told God to leave us alone?

Sobering? Does it make you want to speak up for your rights? Or are you going to go back and hide in your hole...pretending everything is fine and dandy?

Thanks, Jodi, for splashing our faces with ice water! WAKE UP AMERICA!

The Sum of All Christian Fears  Jul 23, 2007
Imagine a world where children are taken from their families in order to stop them from turning their children into terrorists. Now imagine that on the list of potential terrorists whose children must be taken or re-educated are home schoolers, active pro-lifers, and many other average Evangelical Christians.

This is the all-too-believable plot behind Jodi Cowles novel, "The Minor Protection Act" (TMPA) in which a President of the United States, with help from a slick attorney, gets a bill passed through Congress that has federal agents remove children from their traditionalist Christian homes and families to stop the children from learning "intolerance" that leads to "hate crimes" and "terrorism."

The seminal scene in the book when a child is taken from her Christian parents and placed into foster care with a lesbian couple. The scene in that brief word picture explains how traditionalist Christians see the Culture War better than hundreds of essays have.

The book paints a credible Orwellian picture of the near future. Cowles world is driven by opinion polls and a President with his own weekly emotionally manipulative talk show. While Cowles can be criticized on literary points such as character development, as well as for an ending that can be charitably described as rushed, the book transcends its weaknesses by painting a compelling portrayal of where our country may be headed. For Evangelical Christians, the book amounts to a call to engage culture and stand up for biblical values while they have the opportunity. For liberals, the book offers keen insight into the greatest concerns of Evangelical Christians about the liberal agenda.

Here are some thoughts I had while reading TMPA.

1) Thought crimes: The Christians featured in TMPA were not guilty of actual violent crimes against anyone, but of "hate crimes" which in TMPA includes a Christian teenager who tells a lesbian that homosexuality is wrong. This is a relevant concern. While the current hate crimes bill ostensibly only adds higher penalties to crimes against homosexuals, foreign hate crimes laws have provisions that punish speech and recently a Swedish pastor spent years in criminal proceedings after preaching against homosexuality in his own pulpit. Leftist groups have offered little reassurance that such draconian measures aren't planned for the future.

2) Those fighting words. Terms like "The Religious Reich," "The American Taliban," and "Christian Sharia Law" are throw away lines on leftist blogs. Recently, Richard Dawkins pondered taking away other people's children, "It's one thing to say people should be free to believe whatever they like, but should they be free to impose their beliefs on their children? Is there something to be said for society to be stepping in? What about bringing up children to believe manifest falsehoods?"

One thing Cowles can't be accused of is demonizing political opponents. Even the lesbian couples that are charged by the state with raising kidnapped Christian Children are portrayed as fairly decent folks. Each character who plays their part in the President's plot has understandable, even sympathetic motives.

This is perhaps the most chilling part of the story. Were they demon possessed or utterly evil Hitlerian figures, we could perhaps laugh the scenario off as paranoia. However, Cowles's characters are simply acting on the basic premises and words of cultural liberals and elitists.

If pro-lifers are basically terrorists, if Christian fundamentalism is harmful to our world, if disapproval of homosexuality is the same as racism, why on Earth shouldn't the government take away these children? Thoughts and ideas have consequences, and for me, TMPA brought this point home.

3) The target minority: A point made against a scenario like Cowles's is that Christians make up the majority of the country (87%). But of that numbers, less than half regularly attend church and practice their faith. A smaller number than those who attend church are those who believe in the basic fundamentals of the Faith, and a still smaller number are willing to stand outfront as leaders for other Christians to follow. 2,000 years later, strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter is a true principle. In TMPA, the children taken result in other parents being intimidated into silence.

4) Payment for abortion: While a minor plot point in the story, Cowles's vision of what the future of embryonic stem cell research is worth noting. Embryonic stem cells are harvested from abortions, with the young women paid to abort as well as told they are saving humanity. This was one of the most believable twists in the story. While today, Embryonic Stem Cell Research advocates claim they only wish to have taxpayer dollars fund ESCR from existing stockpiles from fertility clinics. Of course, these stockpiles will run dry fairly quickly and then other means will be required.

Overall, The Minor Protection Act is a thought-provoking work that serves an important purpose by forcing readers to look beyond the political arguments of the moment and take a closer look at where the road we're on might lead.
A Wake-up call!  Jul 18, 2007
I recently read this fine novel, and as a parent who has chosen to home educate my children, this was a frightening wake-up call! Although fiction, the concept is only an election results night away from becoming reality! Jodi recognizes that our country is at the crossroads, and she is trumpeting her message in a creative, page-turning way! Don't miss this book, and DON'T take the blood-bought freedom of this country for granted!! Bravo, Jodi!!
Enjoyable and Disturbing  Jun 13, 2007
Entertaining and engaging, Ms. Cowles novel is an enjoyable and disturbing read. This political thriller will have you wonder, what if? The America of The Minor Protection Act doesn't seem too far removed from the America we live in today. Portraying both ends of the spectrum in the politically correct debate, Ms. Cowles weaves a web of unreconciled pain, abuse of public fear and deceit that will keep you reading long into the wee hours of the night. Powered by noble and ignoble passions the quest for a secure America could be more dangerous than you think!

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