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We are living in a time of monumental change.
Countless numbers of ordinary people, men and women from all walks of life, are joining forces to challenge the direction our national leaders are now taking us. Washington's idea of change has failed, and most Americans are now frustrated, disappointed, and angry. The result is a long list of offenses, both perceived and real, that can easily set off a chain reaction that quickly becomes ...
We are living in a time of monumental change.
Countless numbers of ordinary people, men and women from all walks of life, are joining forces to challenge the direction our national leaders are now taking us. Washington's idea of change has failed, and most Americans are now frustrated, disappointed, and angry. The result is a long list of offenses, both perceived and real, that can easily set off a chain reaction that quickly becomes irreversible. And in the right environment, the situation can be explosive.
It is easy to see that many of the identical social and religious provocations that spurred the colonists toward the First American Revolution are present today, inspiring a new generation to seek what the Founders called "a new birth of freedom." Signs are pointing to the fact that we are now standing on the threshold of a new American revolution, not with muskets and cannon balls this time but a revolution conscience, morality, and honor, dedicated to responsible social, moral, and political reforms, demanding change from the socialistic direction our political, judicial, and intellectual leaders have been taking us.
The Coming Revolution draws from the wellspring of America's powerful past to reveal a nation of people who, under the hand of Divine Providence, will once again fight and win the coming battle for personal and national freedom.
What is the source of America's greatness? By any standard this country has a remarkable story to tell, with its dramatic history and an enviable record of achievements in almost any area you can think of. America is the world's longest surviving democratic republic, operating under the same Constitution and laws for the past 236 years. The nation enjoys the greatest level of personal liberty, the highest standard of living, the largest economy, the most dynamic commercial and industrial sectors, and the most consequential foreign policy of any nation—all of it defended by the best-trained and most technologically sophisticated military in human history.
But America is not merely the world's richest and most powerful nation. It is also the most benevolent, rushing to the four corners of the earth to bring relief to nations stricken by wars, famines, and disasters of every kind. Public and private charities, relief organizations, and international aid societies are constantly on the move, reaching out to "the least of these" wherever there is pain and suffering. They do it without pay and often without credit of any kind because they understand that the blessings of prosperity have made this nation a beacon of hope to the rest of the world.
On average, the American people give more than $300 billion each year to charitable causes. According to the most recent report from Giving USA, Americans donated more than $303 billion in 2009, $315 billion in 2008, and $295 billion in 2007. These donations are distributed among approximately 1.2 million IRS-registered charities and 350,000 religious congregations. This is in addition to the $25 billion the U.S. government spends each year in foreign aid to countries around the globe. Germany's foreign aid, by comparison, ranks second with contributions of about $13 billion.
Americans give the largest percentage of their charitable donations to religious organizations, at approximately $101 billion, followed by educational organizations at $40 billion, charitable foundations at $31 billion, human services organizations at $27 billion, and health organizations at $22.5 billion. Especially interesting is the fact that 65 percent of U.S. households with annual incomes less than $100,000 donate to charity. Wealthy Americans may give more, but middleclass Americans give a larger percentage of their income. In addition to the financial gifts, America also leads the world in volunteerism, donating time and service to charitable and faith-based organizations. And that's a custom as old as the nation itself.
In the 1830s, the French statesman Alexis de Tocqueville visited America and was impressed by many things, but the one thing that really surprised him was the great number of "voluntary associations" in this country. In his classic work, Democracy in America, he writes:
Americans of all ages, all stations in life, and all types of disposition are forever forming associations. There are not only commercial and industrial associations in which all take part, but others of a thousand different types—religious, moral, serious, futile, very general and very limited, immensely large and very minute. Americans combine to give fêtes, found seminaries, build churches, distribute books, and send missionaries to the antipodes. Hospitals, prisons, and schools take shape in that way. Finally, if they want to proclaim a truth or propagate some feeling by the encouragement of a great example, they form an association.
This spirit of generosity and commitment to worthy causes was unique in that day, he felt, and was matched only by the industry and imagination of the American businessman. When he looked at all the incredible achievements this country had racked up in less than a century, he marveled at the wealth of the American Spirit:
The Americans arrived but yesterday in the land where they live, and they have already turned the whole order of nature upside down to their profit. They have joined the Hudson to the Mississippi and linked the Atlantic with the Gulf of Mexico across a continent of more than 500 leagues separating the two seas. The longest railways yet constructed are in the United States.
Entrepreneurship and vision were the hallmarks of American business then just as they are today, but what Tocqueville found most compelling was the fact that everywhere he looked the citizens were working together, building things, giving freely of their time and labor. "I am even more struck," he writes, "by the innumerable multitude of little undertakings than by the extraordinary size of some of their industrial enterprises."
Most of what this nation has achieved over the past three centuries is due, I believe, to the faith and character of the American people. These qualities are under great stress today, that's true, but where would the world be if it weren't for the resolute faith and indomitable spirit of America's pioneers? If you ask the average person to name our greatest achievements, many would no doubt point to education. As early as the mid-1600s, public education was already widespread in New England. Thomas Jefferson was among the first to formulate plans for universal public education, and by the end of the nineteenth century that goal had been accomplished.
America is also home to some of the world's leading universities—the whole world sends its sons and daughters to this country for the advanced studies that will allow them to succeed in what ever professions they may choose. The context and character of secondary and higher education have changed dramatically over the past half century—not for the better, unfortunately—but it's true nevertheless that the emphasis on education is among our most noteworthy achievements.
Visitors like Tocqueville, as mentioned above, have been impressed by such things as the vast network of railroads spanning the continent, but from the earliest days of the republic, we have profited from the contributions of individual inventors and innovators, such as Benjamin Franklin, who gave us the lightning rod, the Franklin stove, bifocal reading glasses, improved printing presses, and countless other inventions. The Wright brothers were among the first to discover the basic principles of lift and thrust in fixed-wing aircraft, which opened the door to modern aviation. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, which transformed the processing of cotton fiber and revolutionized the textile industry.
Thomas Edison, "the genius of Menlo Park," was granted more than one thousand patents during his life for his inventions with electricity, including the incandescent lightbulb, the telephone, the telegraph, and the motion picture camera. And there was Henry Ford, whose goal was not simply to build a better car, but to build an automobile that every family could afford. He built the first Model-T Ford in 1908—the Tin Lizzie—and shortly thereafter developed the concept of the assembly line, which revolutionized manufacturing the world over. George Eastman, who invented and popularized the Kodak camera, gave us the first portable and affordable cameras that anyone could operate. Such inventions have literally changed the world.
At the same time, American scientists and engineers have pioneered some of the most formidable advances in civil engineering, such as the construction of the Hoover Dam during the midst of the Great Depression. It was a monumental undertaking, and it continues to provide electricity and water today for more than eight million people in the states of California, Nevada, and Arizona. Any list of American achievements in science would have to include the great strides this country has made in medicine and medical technology, improving the lives of billions around the world.
Advances in medical practice and emergency treatment save lives every day through fast-response trauma teams and state-of-the-art surgical procedures. Modern medicines have extended life-expectancy by decades while advances in audiology, dentistry, and optometry have improved the quality of life for millions more. America is still the only country to put a man on the moon or to send an unmanned rover vehicle to the planet Mars, some forty million miles from Earth. And I should also mention the successes of Hollywood, the cinema, documentary filmmakers, radio, television, and the broadcast media in all their various forms. No other medium has done more to inform, educate, and entertain us than the arts of broadcast and film.
Along with all of this, the telephone may be the real success story of our time. Telephone technology has come a long way since the days of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, giving us the Internet, high-speed local- and wide-area networks, cellular telephones, the iPhone and iPad, and countless other modern inventions. America leads the world in the development, distribution, and commercial success of all these modern marvels, and has unleashed a new era of mass communications.
No one disputes the importance of these things, but few realize that none of them would have happened if it weren't for the even greater achievements in political discourse: specifically, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights. These two documents, which for the first time in history laid out the principles of limited government and natural rights in a precise, ordered, and prescriptive manner, are America's gift to the world. The War of Independence that led to the establishment of this new nation was not simply a blow for personal freedom; it was above all a statement of the value the American people place on liberty and freedom of conscience for all people. And it was a statement of our willingness to defend those liberties at home and abroad.
AMERICA'S GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
As we consider these various achievements, it's important to recognize that the true source of America's greatness is not merely the inventions and creature comforts we've accumulated over the years but the wisdom and vision that made them possible. That legacy comes to us from men such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington, through the values and beliefs they enshrined in our founding documents. Among the greatest gifts one generation could ever give to another are freedom of worship, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association, and the right to a fair and just hearing. These were all gifts from the Founders.
It is important to understand, furthermore, that these liberties are the outward expressions of our Judeo-Christian heritage. When the Pilgrims left the safety and comfort of their homes in Europe to cross an angry sea and plant the first colonies in the New World, they were guided by their strong Christian faith. The principles they lived by have been the cornerstone of America's success for the past 250 years and are still the moral compass we follow today. Despite the claims so often repeated these days that the Founders were simply Deists who believed in a watchmaker God who left the creation to fend for itself, we now know that fifty-two of fifty-six Founding Fathers were devout believers in Jesus Christ.
I have written about this in previous works and won't recite all the evidence here, but even the man whom most people agree was the least religious of the Founders, Benjamin Franklin, knew that no great nation would ever rise upon these shores without the aid and intervention of a great and wise God. In one of the most surprising speeches of the revolutionary era, the sage of Philadelphia reminded his colleagues in the Continental Congress that, "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it" (Psalm 127:1). He then petitioned that body, which had been hopelessly mired in debate, to begin each day's deliberations with prayer. The delegates were humbled by his words because they knew he was right. They paused then for a time of prayer, and they vowed to pray every day in the same manner until they had resolved their differences. The document they produced has guided this nation ever since, and it was even hailed by an English prime minister, William Gladstone, who said, "The American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man."
The story of America's greatness is not only about glory and triumph. Some of the nation's greatest achievements were only made possible by the adversity our ancestors endured. Between 20,000 and 25,000 Americans lost their lives in the American Revolution, and nearly the same number were seriously wounded. Despite the risks, they were willing to sacrifice their lives for the great prize of independence and individual liberty. More than 600,000 Americans died in the Civil War, but that struggle preserved the nation and transformed our understanding of human and civil rights. Add to that the more than 115,000 Americans who died in the First World War and the 292,000 in the Second, and you have a glimpse of the enormous price our predecessors paid to keep this country free.
More than any other nation, including all the great empires of the past, America has spread the dream of liberty around the world and helped to bring a higher standard of living to untold millions. And like those ancient empires, which were the standard-bearers of culture and learning for a time, today America has been entrusted with transmitting the blessings of freedom. More than mere business connections or scientific expertise, what America has to share with other nations is our appreciation of the values of integrity, self-discipline, and self-determination passed down to us by the Founders. Whether it's in regard to politics or economics or industry or any of the modern disciplines, we will find that in every area America's greatness is founded upon the moral and religious values of those pioneers.
As the scholar and historian Russell Kirk has written, "Every people, no matter how savage or how civilized, have some form of religion: that is, some form of belief in a great supernatural power that influences human destiny." Culture, Kirk said famously, comes from the cult. That is, the distinctive qualities and customs of every culture arise from the religious beliefs of its people. The Communists attempted to deny the existence of God and made atheism the only acceptable form of belief. But as the Soviet Union's collapse in 1989–1990 made clear, the empire had failed to stamp out religious faith completely, and today Christianity is thriving once again in the former Soviet bloc. The Communists discovered that no nation can survive for long without a foundation of sound moral principles.
Concern for the well-being of others is one of the key traits of good character. Unfortunately, we see less and less of that these days. And when we see rising crime rates, evidence of corruption in business and government, the breakdown of the family, the increase in out-of-wedlock childbirths, the ongoing tragedy of abortion, and a rising climate of immorality and vulgarity in the popular culture, we have to wonder if our great moral heritage can survive. Author and attorney Charles Colson has written that, "A nation or a culture cannot endure for long unless it is undergirded by common values such as valor, public-spiritedness, respect for others and for the law; it cannot stand unless it is populated by people who will act on motives superior to their own immediate interest."
The American ideals of freedom and individual rights, charity, duty, honesty, and love for others are, above all, religious beliefs. Even though America is less visibly a religious nation today than it was a century ago, it is the depth and strength of the foundations laid down by our Christian forebears that have allowed us to thrive in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. And, even with all our struggles and doubts, we are still living on the dividends of that investment.
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1 Portrait of a Nation 1
2 The Promise of America 31
3 What the Founders Believed 63
4 The Birth of the American Spirit 93
5 Faith in the Twenty-First Century 127
6 The Coming Revolution 155
7 What You Can Do 185
Topical Index 225
About the Author 233
Posted April 23, 2012
Dr. Lee does not hesitate to declare his views of the Obama Administration and the current path of The United States. But he does it in a very civil way. You won't see the name-calling or character assassination that fill most books of this nature.
The Coming Revolution is Dr. Lee's history lesson. I enjoyed reading the three chapters that cover the birth of The United States. (I must have been in a particular state of mind) But here's the thing, if you're into what Dr. Lee calls Revisionist history, you will not the blatant absence of most of the negative aspects of the Puritans coming to America.
You'll read about the parallels between where we are currently with what the Founders were living through and why they decided to claim their independence from a government that was not listening to their views or giving them representation.
Dr. Lee aligns himself with Glenn Beck and the Tea Party by declaring the unity of God and country. This will not be a book embraced by Liberals or most Democrats.
The final three chapters outline what our society faces today and what we can do about it. We, being people who do not want to continue under President Obama's vision. Lee goes into what he sees as Obama's socialist agenda and compares that to Marx, Lenin and Soviet Russia. He also points out the weakness of Europe and why The United States will morph into that quagmire soon enough. At a few points in the book, it felt like he was sliding into "fear tactics" to push away from the opposing view. But this really isn't anything new. Both sides of the political aisle use these measures. Just take it as it is and don't get too carried away.
This book is a polite, civil way of saying, "Religion, with a Democratic Republic government & Capitalism as the economy is good while Humanism, Communism and Socialism are bad."
The bottom line: if you are a supporter of President Obama and his agenda, you will read this book as if it came straight from FoxNews. If you are a supporter of the Tea Party, you will hail this as the greatest book of our time.
If nothing else, read this book for the history lesson that you are sure to have missed during your education. Or probably have forgotten by now if you're not a history teacher.
This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Thomas Nelson Publishing.
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Posted March 5, 2012
The Coming Revolution
In The Coming Revolution, Dr. Richard G. Lee starts with the unsettled nature of politics world wide and asks the question: What will our revolution be like? With the emergence of the Occupy movement and the Tea Party movement, we have the two opposing ideas about the role of government in the lives of people. Dr. Lee argues for reclaiming our Christian heritage, and allowing that heritage be the guide for whatever types of revolution takes place in the United States.
In chapter 2 of the book, Dr. Lee links the history and experience of the Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth Plantation colonies with the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He argues that the experience of the separatist pilgrims and the Puritans of Plymouth Plantation were seeking not only freedom of religion, but also political freedom. He goes on to point out that the many preliminary documents laying out principles of self-government and declarations of independence, were all a precursor to American independence.
In chapter 3 he covers the history of the southern colonies; their history, the state of the clergy in the early eighteenth century and the impact of the Great Awakening and the preaching of Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield and John Wesley in preparing for the revolution. Chapter 4 goes into detail about the Great Awakening and focuses on the preaching of George Whitefield and the principles of liberty that came from the Great Awakening.
In chapters 5 through 7 the author flashes forward to the twenty-first century and the challenges to liberty in politics and in religious faith. In chapter 6, he deals with specific battles we face today namely the Judeo-Christian work ethic and the problems that come with the new healthcare regulations. In his final chapter he gives guidelines of how concerned citizens can take action, in order to shape the revolutionary changes that are occurring in United States today.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. He fleshed out an American heritage on which many Christians place their trust, but do not have the background to explain to others. The book refreshed my pride in America, at a time in which that pride was at low ebb.
There were a few areas with which I had some disagreement. First, he gave many of the framers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution a pass on their Christian faith. Thomas Paine was a committed Deist. He set down the tenets his faith his later works. John Adams was a Unitarian. He did not believe that Jesus of Nazareth was truly God. Benjamin was acquainted with George Whitefield, but he preferred devoting himself to his study and writing rather than Sunday worship. He also fails to mention that John Wesley was opposed to the revolution.
The Coming Revolution is a worthwhile read. It should be read with some skepticism, because while well-written and researched it is a piece of work meant to move public opinion rather than to put forth a dispassionate history the role of religion in the Americas.
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Posted August 10, 2012
This book is very well-written. You can tell that the author speaks for a living. I found it interesting to read about the unrest in the country from a religious, instead of purely political, point-of-view. It gave me a new perspective on what is going on. I definitely think this would be a great book for a college poli sci or current events class.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2012
Dr. Richard G. Lee's newest book, "The Coming Revolution: Signs from America's past that Signal Our Nation's Future" is a very interesting and insightful read. Dr. Lee essentially makes the argument that our country sits on the verge of a second revolution, necessitated by society's loss of faith, morals, and American spirit. We, as a nation, were founded on basic Christian principles, and our founding fathers set our nation on a course for greatness. But, as our country aged, we also pulled away from God - removing God from the public school system, rejecting monogamy in marriage, and ending our protection of all life by allowing abortion. Dr. Lee's book makes a great case for following our convictions and faith, and ushering in a "revolution" - to change our country from the ground up. I thought this book was thought provoking, and I would recommend it to anyone who believes that our country and government need a major overhaul.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2012
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From the book:
"People need a creed and a cause, and today millions of patriotic Americans are finding their voices"
They say the best indicator of the future is history. How things have been can be a powerful signal of how they will be. But what will be our role in shaping the future for this country?
In The Coming Revolution Dr Richard G. Lee powerfully explains that a new revolution is coming. It may be in the streets of our nation's capital - as we saw in Europe last year - or, better yet, in voting booths across America. Signs from our nation's past and present ring out the truth: a second America revolution is near at hand.
Using this country's rich heritage of liberty and democracy as a roadmap toward where we could be headed, Dr Lee brings thoughtful clarity to the ever-growing probability os such a revolution in America; illuminating the important reminder that the voices of every revolution has been - and always will be - the ordinary everyman.
Discover how you can be a part of this country's social, political, and moral reform and how faith in God serves as the one truth that can provide both individual and national guidance for Amerca's next revolution.
I can't say that I liked the book, I picked to review this book because I though I would be able to learn and see things from a different stand point. Instead of that I feel that it was only sources and pieces that supported what I already knew of believed. When reading this book I felt that the author never looked at the other side and did not really give an honest protrayeral of the US.
It was very hard to get past the first few chapters, and the whole book was slow and hard to follow. I wish that the author would have not given just plain facts, but showede more examples of them because I think if it was written in the right way, showing both sides the book would have been much better!
Posted May 22, 2012
This week I finished The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard Lee. The book is strongly patriotic, and should appeal to those who are disgruntled with the state of the country. It is routed in our country's original revolution...the one we studied in school with minutemen and midnight rides. But it builds on that with the state of affairs today.
It is somewhat easy to feel powerless with what is going on in our country and with our government (after all, it's been years since I voted for a "winner" in a local or national election). But the author lays out steps that we can take to reclaim the country we want.
I imagine there will be plenty of people who dislike this book or the author's views. His conservative take certainly draws criticism.
Nevertheless, I think this book is relevant and well-written...highly recommended.
(I received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.)
Posted February 28, 2012
Many call the United States a Christian nation, while others argue against this premise. Dr. Lee brings the history of the founding of the United States to light as he explains just what roll Christians had in the settlement of our country. We have watched our country slip further and further into debt, immorality has become the norm, and the loss of individual liberty grows daily. Average citizens are now rising up and taking action. Not a revolution of guns and war, but with responsible political action.
The Coming Revolution is more than just a history lesson. It is a call to action with specific positive approaches we can take to put our country back on the right path. The author doesn’t believe that it is too late to stop the downslide of America. History is not my usual genre, but the author explained just enough to hold my interest and explain his points. I liked that he talks about specific steps we can take to make a difference in a positive way and without violence. Even if we can’t do everything he lists, there are some things that we can all do.
Dr. Lee is a pastor and Christian speaker. His book represents the Christian perspective of how much it should mean to us to be an American and to possess not just the American spirit, but a personal spirit of independence. His outlook is one of optimism and not doom and gloom. The book contains pages of footnotes and is indexed for quick reference.
Note: I received an advanced reader copy of The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard G. Lee in exchange for an honest review.
Posted February 18, 2012
In Dr. Richard G. Lee’s new book “The Coming Revolution; Signs From America’s Past That Signal Our Nation’s Future”, Lee reveals through past history and present circumstances that our country is on the verge of another revolution reminiscent of 1776. This coming revolution is not one of bullets and battles, but one of the ballot box. Of this coming revolution, Lee writes, “What this book proposes is a revolution that is far superior to a violent rebellion. It is a revolution of faith and ideas, a new commitment to a higher cause. It is a revolution that will fulfill the charge our forefathers gave us during the founding era. A tremendous hunger for restoration of accountability exists in this country, and the popular reaction to the progressive agenda in Washington may be a blessing. Excessive control and a burdensome taxation are driving the people of this country back to the basics and, hopefully, leading to a renewal and resurgence of the American Spirit”. Lee begins his book by giving the reader a portrait of our nation. He does so by taking a brief look at the founding of our country, the major advances that lead to America’s greatness, and the current social and political issues we face today. Dr. Lee references many of the early documents that make up the scaffolding of what the values and principles of this country rest upon. He describes what is known as the “American Spirit” which is defined as the sense of unity that existed between the early American colonies that allowed them to work together, grow together, worship together, and prosper together. He shows how this American spirit originated with the Puritans and the sermons of the Great Awakening. Lee lists the influences the Great Awakening had upon early America. These include unity and community among the colonies, moral and spiritual worldview, a spirit of independence, and a belief in manifest destiny, among others. Lee also shows the areas where America is losing ground to popular culture. He includes health care, education, the institution of marriage, to name a few. A note to readers. Those who label themselves as moderates, progressives, liberals, or socialists will not enjoy this book. Lee often cites how the current administration has drifted from the intentions and principles of the founding fathers. This book is written in support of the Tea Party Movement that has taken a prominent position over the past year. He said this of the Tea Party, “the movement stands for a smaller government, fiscal responsibility, individual freedom, and a conservative view of the nation’s founding documents.”. Lee chronicles just how far the Obama administration has gravitated from these formative beliefs. The best part of this book, in my opinion, is the fact that after Dr. Lee lays out the problem, he does not leave the reader there wondering what can be done. Instead, he lists ten things that can be done right now in order to make a difference. Some of these are pray for America, register to vote and know the issues, and let your elected officials know how you feel, to name a few. I highly recommend this book. It is not an easy read, in that there is a great deal of historical information which is necessary in order to understand Lee’s position. The Coming Revolution is great food for thought on the issues facing America today. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.