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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Wallis Narrator: Jim Wallis, Sam Freed Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780060856625
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Since when did believing in God and having moral values make you pro-war, pro-rich, and solely pro-Republican? And since when did promoting and pursuing a progressive social agenda with a concern for economic security, health care, and educational opportunity mean you had to put faith in God aside?

God's Politics offers a clarion call to make both our religious communities and our government more accountable to key values of the prophetic religious tradition -- that is, make them pro-justice, pro-peace, pro-environment, pro-equality, and pro-family (without making scapegoats of single mothers or gays). Our biblical faith and religious traditions simply do not allow us as a nation to continue to ignore the poor and marginalized, deny racial justice, tolerate the ravages of war, or turn away from the human rights of those made in the image of God. These are the values of love and justice, reconciliation, and community that Jesus taught and that are at the core of what many of us believe, Christian or not. Jim Wallis inspires us to hold our political leaders and policies accountable by integrating our deepest moral convictions into our nation's public life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Any Democrat running for election in a red state should read this book.” 

    New York Times

  • “Original.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “In this thoughtful book, Sojourners editor Jim Wallis exhorts both political parties to seek out common ground in the values debate—a polarizing issue exploited by the right and ignored by the left. Wallis scores beaucoup points for fair-mindedness. A professed liberal Christian, he does more than castigate the neocons for hijacking religion; he also warns Democrats that they must ‘get religion’ if they want their message to resonate with voters.” 

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “Sam Freed’s delivery is clear, focused, and smooth, covering the many facets of Wallis’ discussion of contemporary politics...This work adapts well to audio.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 2/17/2014

    " Wallis urges Christians and political leaders to address poverty, stressing Jesus' emphasis on helping the poor, the afflicted, and the needy. Criticizing both the left and the right for their moral failures, he writes against war spending, single-issue voting, and the violation of the sacredness of human life (abortion, in particular) and writes in favor of funding for education and assistance programs, civil rights of all Americans (including gay domestic partnerships, though it's unclear whether he supports gay marriage), and otherwise "traditional" moral values. Namely, he's opposed to the oversexed, violent, crass entertainment industry. This founder of Sojourners magazine also includes accounts of his relationships with former President George W. Bush, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, and other prominent figures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Campton | 2/13/2014

    " Should be interesting to see if Obama is more in tune with Wallis' manifesto than the previous Whitehouse incumbent. I just wish Jim Wallis wouldn't keep quoting himself so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaun | 1/26/2014

    " This book presents a great array of topics centered around American politics from foreign policy to historical topics such as slavery. Foreign policy includes a discussion of Israel and acknowledging that they are not a perfect country, just like we are not a perfect country. Jim Wallis is very experienced in the political world and makes his best effort to be pro-God rather than pro-Right or pro-left. The research in the book is well laid out. Rather than just present differences he has with past and current policies, Wallis presents alternatives that he and other Christian leaders have accepted and attempted to present to the World's leaders (i.e. Tony Blair, George W. Bush). Overall I agree with the general theme of Wallis, for some reason we Americans get so caught up in Right and Left that we ultimately are just wrong and leave God out of the picture. Where does this "right/left" stuff appear in the Bible? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 1/18/2014

    " A good read by Jim Wallis dealing with how the government deals with religion and how religious groups deal with politics. It was fairly interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy A | 1/15/2014

    " I have been connected to Wallis and his Sojourners ministry for a number of years. He is a very thoughtful Christian voice and this book was a great read right before the 06' elections. Wallis cautions politically minded Christians from creating God in their own "ideological images". I have had the opportunity to meet Wallis and to read and listen to much what he has had to say in recent years. This is one of his better books to date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vernon | 1/10/2014

    " I didn't make it through this one. Most of what Jim Wallis had to say was common sense. But he was very long winded and failed to keep my attention before the book was due. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rand Lemley | 1/3/2014

    " Great ideas but very poorly written. Where was the editor to take out duplicate passages only pages apart from each other. I love his essays far more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joy | 12/13/2013

    " I thought it was going to be ok. He seemed to be going in a decent direction until I got to the part where he was completely anti-semetic. Too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 12/11/2013

    " Interesting. Out of date, by now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 11/30/2013

    " I used this book for an interdenominational 6 week study. It was very well received. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 11/22/2013

    " I read this whole thing in a hospital waiting area last summer, so, if that's possible, it must be okay (?). I learned from the text and think Jim Wallis is important. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia, the pragmatic idealist | 10/18/2013

    " I have to read this for my CHRISTIANITY IN CULTURE class, and overall it's pretty decent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddy Ekmekji | 10/9/2013

    " I find Jim Wallis to be a fresh voice in the Christian intersection with Politics. However, I found that the book was a bit repetitive and self-serving to the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donovan | 8/28/2013

    " Changed my way of thinking!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/31/2013

    " I was a little disappointed with this book. I'd heard Jim Wallis speak several times, and was quite impressed, both with him and his organization, but his writing style left something to be desired. He had some good things to say, but the book was incredibly repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Gray | 7/22/2013

    " Should be required reading for anyone who thinks the Fundamentalist Right represents all evangelical Christians. See also "What Jesus Meant" and Jimmy Carter's "Our Endangered Values". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Hanson | 5/21/2013

    " Not at all as centrist as it sounds--which is not surprising if you know anything about Wallis. While he says some great things in the book, it's written poorly with too much self-promotion and doesn't accurately reflect the title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 2/10/2013

    " He asks good questions and really challenges the religious right. Having said that, i don't really think he is a griping writer. It gets a little repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 11/10/2012

    " I put off reading this one for a while because I figured I've read similar stuff, later Wallis, etc. I was afraid it would be too tied to the time it came (even if that was just a few years ago). It turned out to be pretty essential reading, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 6/13/2012

    " Liked it. The author makes compelling arguments and fair in his criticism of the left and the right. In many ways, the spirit and tone of this book reminds me of Shane Clairborne's "Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walter | 4/25/2012

    " This book is less about specific issues and more about theory and practice, so do not read this book hoping to find answers to specific ethical issues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esther | 4/6/2012

    " also paused; the sentiment is nice...in actuality, it's doubtful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 1/28/2012

    " dated -- about Bush policies "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 5/11/2011

    " This book was a good read. Not particularly earth-shattering but important for a lot of people to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 3/21/2011

    " Liked it. The author makes compelling arguments and fair in his criticism of the left and the right. In many ways, the spirit and tone of this book reminds me of Shane Clairborne's "Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/12/2011

    " I like what Jim Wallis has to say in this book. My only problem is it needs to be edited! So much repetition! I had to keep telling myself that this was a collection of essays rather than a single work just to get through it. Fortunately, what he has to say is worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 9/10/2010

    " I am an atheist, but I found this book to be wonderful reading. Jim Wallis makes sense to me. He represents the best of Christianity. This is a book everyone should read (particularly politicians). It is intelligent, hopeful, inspiring and full of good ole common sense. Highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sena | 8/27/2010

    " frustrating but riveting..elucidates the problems that are obvious to the non-partisan, can't remember the solutions though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 8/22/2010

    " dated -- about Bush policies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 7/13/2010

    " about halfway through - need to finish -is an important conversation "

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About the Author
Author Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis is the author of the New York Times bestseller God's Politics, which electrified Americans disenchanted with how the Right had co-opted all talk about integrating religious values into our politics by offering an alternative voice. Wallis is a leading figure at the crossroads of religion and politics in America today, the author of eight books, and the founder of Sojourners, a global faith and justice network. He is a public theologian, an internationally renowned speaker and preacher, a faith-based activist, husband, and father to two young boys, and a Little League baseball coach.

About the Narrator

Sam Freed is an actor, voice talent, and audiobook narrator.