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June Books 22) God's Politics

22) God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, by Jim Wallis

Rather sad to report that I'm not going to finish this, even though I agree with a lot of what the author is saying - particularly, that the right wing's capture of the religious high ground in the 2004 presidential election was both crucial and dishonest. But the style rather put me off - Wallis is preaching rather than analysing, and shows off about his own achievements rather too much. I got the message in the first couple of chapters, and don't really feel I need to read the rest - especially since the battle lines of 2008 are rather more blurry, but not really in line with Wallis's prescription.

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lizatgreenside
Jun. 14th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
Would concur with everything you say - including not finishing the thing; it's been sitting around with a bookmark about a third of the way through for months. It's a little too much like an advertising campaign for Wallis and his ministry.
bennmorland
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
That's it in a nutshell.
pnh
Jun. 14th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Well said. Wallis has a couple of points well worth taking, but he's tried to build an entire career as a media scold based on them. There's an old-fashioned term that perfectly sums him up: he's a blowhard.
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