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Posted August 26, 2011
The Fight of Our Lives by William J. Bennett & Seth Leibsohn...A Double Edged Sword!
The title of this book The Fight of Our Lives Knowing the Enemy,Speaking the Truth & Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam is a bit misleading. I had high hopes for this book that was somehow mistakenly placed in the Christian book section. I say mistakenly because first of all Scripture is only used a couple of times in this book and that is only because quotes from Lincoln and Washington happened to contain them. Secondly, the authors seem to have no understanding of who the real enemy is and while they may want you to choose to win the war against Radical Islam they never actually get around to helping the reader truly discover how to do that. Anyone can point out what's wrong but only the truly wise can help you know how to change it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The authors seem conflicted or confused when they change their stance from all Islam is bad and is not a religion of peace in any aspect to a stance that says their is such a thing as moderate Islam and Muslims and that those Muslims need to stand up and reform their religion yet they never addressed their change in their view of Islam. It was as if halfway through the writing of this book they changed their minds but didn't have time to go back and rewrite the first half of the book. Nor did they educate the readers on their change of view or what sparked it. I found it confusing.
The authors use the word fundamentalist to describe extremist groups, they claim that Christianity does not have a violent past like Islam and that God is a God of peace. I have to stop and wonder...have they ever read the Bible? Yes God does want peace, He is love but He is also just, righteous, and jealous. My God wiped Sodom and Gomorrah off the face of the Earth, told the Israelites to wipe out the people who occupied their promised land and so on. The author does comment on the fact that any violence employed for the cause of Christianity is merely historical and should not be viewed as a belief by the religion as a whole. To which I do partly agree. Christianity to a Christian is not a violent religion except for our extremist groups.Notice I said to a Christian. To us the Bible makes sense and we have an understanding that all the things in the Bible that were violent happened for a reason. To an unbeliever though the Bible and Christianity can seem violent. The authors seem to have conveniently forgotten about the Crusades in which hundreds of "infidels" were slaughtered in the name of Christianity - convert or die. And what about the abortion clinic bombings of the past in which innocent lives were taken in the right to life campaigns. The authors do mention the abortion clinic bombings but in a very dismissive whitewashed way.
What is my point? Just this, the very words and facts the authors are using can very easily and have been in the past used against Christianity especially fundamentalist Christians. If we are quick to jump on the bandwagon to condemn Muslims we must be willing to accept that fact that someday that very sword can be turned against us to condemn us as well.
I did not like this book and would never recommend it any Christian individual or group as a study or otherwise.
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Posted June 14, 2011
Un-Christian Attitude, Not Loving or Forgiving
My recommendation is PASS on this book.
I thought a Christian author would show more grace, love, kindness and political correctness. I was very shocked to see and authors bias, anger and judgment right from the dust jacket cover! I thought this book was very unchristian. I didn't expect to see an author claiming to be christian to be encouraging and promoting anger and hate. I was taught that "anger" is NEVER justified. We may feel angry, but we are not to be proud of this anger. Anger is another form of hate and those feelings come from Satan. Jesus would never encourage or promote anger and hatred, even against terrorists. People may be afraid of terrorits and take measures to protect themselves, but we should never cross over to the dark side and ENJOY their sufferring, ENJOY torturing/waterboarding them. We should never take pleasure in the sufferring of others. I feel this book is very angry and political and the author was writing a very pro-war polticial view and a very un-christian book. I don't think this book should even be classified as Christian. I would not ever recommend this book to any of my Christian friends. I didn't find love, kindness, forgiveness, understanding and compassion in this book. I found angry Americans who love their troops and are happy to kill and promote killing. This is an "American needs to be tough on war and terrorists and we Americans need to give up all our civil liberties and freedoms just incase someone somewhere someday gets us". Sounds like fear - another emotion from Satan. What happened to our faith in God our Lord and Savior?
Disclaimer: I got this book free of charge from the publisher for this review.
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Posted April 29, 2011
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