Monday, November 20, 2017

World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life - Book Review

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Book Overview:

How could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy?  What would our lives be like if we reacted to our common culture with not just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion?

For more than 25 years, Marvin Olasky has offered this kind of viewpoint in his columns as the Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine, the leading news magazine written with a Christian perspective. In this collection of far-ranging columns, Olasky's commentary on world events and affairs, as well as his own personal interactions, encourages readers to respond with both grace and truth in every encounter.

A leading voice for standing for biblical truth in the public square, Olasky also believes Christians should incorporate the biblical virtues of humility, kindness, and mercy in all of life. His call for biblical values to include both truth and mercy makes his voice stand out in a world that often falsely divides those goals and settles for a poor imitation of the robust Christianity described in Scripture. These short and punchy columns offer readers a new way to consider challenges in today's world and shows them how to respond to any encounter biblically, but not hysterically, providing a wake-up call for the complacent, while also calming the frantic.
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About the Author:

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of "World News Group," a distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and the author of more than twenty books, including "Compassionate Conservatism" and "The Tragedy of American Compassion." He and his wife, Susan, have four sons and five grandchildren.

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My Review:

I've been to church most of my life.  What I wasn't taught until the current church I attend is that "It's about relationship, not religion".  In a nutshell, it means we can be can preach the Bible all we want and try to force our views until we're blue in the face, but that just makes us like the Pharisees.  God doesn't want organized religion; He wants personal relationships.

Although author, Marvin Olasky, has written several books World View is the first of his I've read.  This book features a compilation of columns written by Mr. Olasky throughout the years, from 1997 to 2016.  When Christians are attacked for their beliefs or morals, it is best to respond with a truthful but graceful voice.  Attacking back does no good.  The compilations in this book reiterate that.  Some of the topics covered are politics, abortion, and race.  I found World View to be very insightful and it got me thinking about how I present myself in certain situations.  I did find it hard to completely comprehend the author's views because I felt some of the sentences he used were not easy to discern.  I don't mind a book that makes me really think, but I sometimes get lost when words are too academic.  I liked this book and its overall concept, but glossed over some of the columns because I found them to be too scholarly. 

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