If You Can Keep It

4107e7gu95lBook #24: If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, Eric Metaxas

When asked whether the Constitutional Convention produced a republic or monarchy, Ben Franklin answered, “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”  What seems obvious to us with the benefit of over 200 years hindsight was a fragile dream in the hearts and minds of our founders.  They realized that what they produced was something so completely different than had ever been tried that it’s very existence was subject careful, generational preservation.  And though we as a nation have survived many great trials, the preservation of what has made us as a nation unique is as fragile today as it was in the days of the founding.  If we do not safeguard this idea and pass the torch to the next generation, we are at risk of losing the very essence of what makes us American.

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So what do I think?  This is perhaps one of the best books that I have read this year and perhaps in the past few years.   Continue reading

Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family and Foul

b00eeiug8k-01-lBook #35: Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family and Foul, Jase Robertson

A good question to ask when trying to get to know someone is, “What things are most important to you?”  In this book, Jase Robertson talks about the loves of his live – God, his family and hunting.  It is a personal look into the life of one of Duck Dynasty’s duck commanders – Jase Robertson.

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Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

b00ck8cldy-01-lBook #33: Things that Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics, Charles Krauthammer

Originally trained as a psychiatrist but giving up medical practice, Charles Krauthammer now works as a journalist and political commentator.  Over the past several decades, Krauthammer has written many essays and columns on various topics from science to politics.  This book is a collection of these writings.  He has a unique way of eloquently expressing his ideas.  While I didn’t agree entirely with all that he said (especially as he waxed theologic), it is fascinating to bask in the beauty of an opinion piece well written.

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UnPHILtered: The Way I See It.

b00fnvsgqg-01-lBook #31: UnPHILtered: The Way I See It, Phil Robertson

In December 2013, GQ magazine published a piece on Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the famous Duck Dynasty Robertson family.  He received much criticism over a statement that he made regarding what he considered sins.  In this piece and on the show of Duck Dynasty, Phil has become known for his opinions.  This book is a codification of the opinions of Phil Robertson.  But rather than being the thoughts of a back woods, Louisiana, redneck, Phil presents a carefully thought out, biblical defense for his position politics, money, social media, guns, family and much more.  Whether you agree with all, some or none of his positions, in this book you will find Phil to be thoughtful and articulate.  But most of all you will see his overwhelming love for others and desire for others to experience God’s love for them.

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And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side

b00kaexm2y-01-lBook #30: And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side, Dana Perino

From ranch girl in Wyoming to Bush 43 Press Secretary to co-host of The Five, Dana Perino has had a varied and storied career in politics and journalism.  In this book she tells her story and the lessons picked up along the way.  It is an fascinating telling of the classic American story of humble beginning to important public figure.  But the point of this book would be lost if it is viewed merely as a memoire.  Dana shares solid advice for anyone seeing to become a better person and advance in their career.

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The Road to Character

b00lyxv61y-01-lBook #17: The Road to Character, David Brooks

We live with a tension between 2 personalities: Adam 1 and Adam 2.  One compels us to strive for success in our lives, jobs and relationships.  The other strives for moral excellence.  And often these two live in tension with each other.  In this book, David Brooks uses character sketches to highlight important virtues.  And in the journey of seeking virtue often we find a balance between Adam 1 and Adam 2.  My major critique is this.  This book should not be read as an exposition on theology as it takes a strong works righteousness perspective.  That being said, it is an interesting discussion of virtue and we as a society would be wise to seek to foster a greater sense of virtue.

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Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life

51sq7g5xwalBook #16: Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life, Eric Greitens

Resilience is the virtue of “moving through hardship and becoming better.”  In this book, former U.S. Navy SEAL, Eric Greitens draws upon the wisdom of ancient philosophers and his experience as a humanitarian worker and Navy SEAL in this series of letters to a fellow SEAL struggling with the loss of a brother, PTSD and alcoholism.  It is a must read for anyone seeking to live a virtuous life and remain strong in the midst of life’s difficulties.

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Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time

b000fc0xri-01-lBook #27: Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at at Time, Stephen Arterburn

All men struggle with purity.  In our thoughts and conduct, God calls for complete purity no matter how insurmountable the task.   This book discusses the Biblical call to purity, its significance and importance and strategies for living a life that God desires.

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Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way

51grys5eovlBook #25: Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way, Gary Chapman

We all experience anger.  And the root of this emotion is rooted in a sense of injustice, whether perceived or real.  In this book, Gary Chapman states that the feeling of anger is good, but discusses how to Biblically and productively control this powerful emotion.

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God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values

b00iqy2pnw-01-lBook #16: God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values, Todd Starnes

The last decade has seen a full, frontal assault on religious liberty in local towns all the way to national politics.  In this book, Todd Starnes documents the attempts to limit religious freedom and offers a wakeup call to Christians regarding the erosion of the first freedom guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

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