I discovered a long time ago a nifty opportunity to read and review books and obtained a copy of The Coming Revolution: Signs from America’s Past That Signal Our Nation’s Future which is the fifth book from Dr. Richard Lee, founding pastor of First Redeemer Church in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Dr. Lee develops his thesis that there is a strong bonds between the evangelical church and the success of America. As America turns to liberal political winds, dropping the diligent care of family and community, so goes the country. This gradual decline has, in Dr Lee’s mind, signaled a growing discontent with the decay of our society which might ultimately lead to revolution. As the title suggests, the book hopes for a groundswell of conservative, evangelical, ideology; returning America to its “traditional conservative roots.” His work evokes the same idea as that of the “Arab Spring” movement… stirring the conservative christians of our nation to action, and a call to reclaim that which has declined. Its odd that while reading this book i was also working through the book of Nehemiah, another man called to rebuild what has been destroyed.
Initially this book drew me in with the small and concise points made about society, history and the rapid decay of our society. But i must say that this was also the shortcoming of the book. I wanted to see more history, more clarity of what we have slid from, and I wanted to see a stronger set of guidelines or recommendations for how to regain that fallen ground. The author strived to build his thesis, but did not look at the full history of our nation nor did he provide clarity on what is next. As a people we long to recover lost ground, see our nation rise again in strength as the place of moral excellence that it once was, but as a people we have lost the way to that goal. Dr Lee offers a first blush, but not the full solution.
Would I recommend this book? Yes and no. Yes, because it gives a voice to the groundswell we hear and feel in our nation. No, because his thesis is not developed enough for action, response, movement. The book leaves me wanting more detail, more clarity.
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