Friday, May 20, 2016

Five Books to Read this Election Year

Several weeks ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Trevin Wax, provided a helpful list of books one should consider reading this political season. After giving it some thought, I thought I would provide a similar list.

1. Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore

At the top of the list is Russell Moore's book on political engagement. Moore is one of the best writers and thinkers in modern evangelicalism and Onward reads unlike any other evangelical political book I have ever encountered. If you read one book on politics and culture, read this one.

Read my review here.

2. Seeking the City: Wealth, Poverty, and Political Economy in Christian Perspective by Chad Brand and Tom Pratt  

A few years ago I blogged through this excellent work exploring economics, politics, and the rest. The authors survey both biblical and historic theology and provide a robust Christian perspective on such issues. The writing is excellent and though it is more of an academic work, it is still largely written at a popular level.

Read the blog series here.

3. Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg  

I will admit the cover and title of Jonah Goldberg's historic survey drew me to "pick up and read." I still believe that for those sympathetic to his argument, this is the best book cover ever made. The title does say it all. Beginning with Mussolini and Hitler, Goldberg traces the modern liberal movement showing that it is a fascist movement. He surveys figures like Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Margaret Sanger, Hillary Clinton, and others. I include this work because it is a historic survey of the dominant political worldview of the elites. Goldberg unveils who they really are. 

4. Coolidge by Amity Shlaes 

The best biography on my favorite president. I believe we need another Calvin Coolidge to lead our nation. Coolidge was tight with both his money and the American people's money. He stood against the tide of American progressivism and led America through a very prosperous time. I believe that the Great Depression that followed his administration was not due to his policies but in rejecting them. The two presidents that served after Coolidge intervened in the economy and made the situation worse.

Read my review here.

5. Letters to a Young Conservative by Dinesh D'Souza

Though I do not agree with everything D'Souza argues here, he offers a helpful introduction on conservative politics. It is a little dated, but D'Souza is a good apologists (at least when he uses his pen) for the conservative cause. This short book was helpful for me when I was considering the political ideology of conservatism.
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