By the count of most religion historians, there have been four Great American Awakenings since Colonial times; the first in the early 18th century, the most recent in the 1960s and '70s. To this tally, Jim Wallis has now added a fifth, which he believes is already underway. The editor of the liberal evangelical magazine Sojourners contends that even in the heartland, Christians are now rallying behind a social justice agenda that is more comprehensive than traditional conservative calls for bans of abortion and gay marriage. A provocative manifesto for believers.
Recognizing that America's faithful have subverted their evangelical Christian ideology into a conservative political ideology, Wallis reminds readers that to follow the spirit of Christianity truly does mean to go beyond the simple two-party system and understand the greater principles of the faith. Wallis assesses the wide range of movements and new ideas emerging from Christians and what this new reckoning within their hearts and minds means for the political realm. With tools and goals that help listeners achieve spirituality over ideology, Wallis reveals the "common ground" upon which faith in America can be rebuilt and opened to a larger group of discontented believers. At a slow, deliberate pace, Wallis narrates with an elderly but genuinely sincere voice. A few voice shifts hint at poor sound editing, but the clarity and crisp voice of Wallis still shines through. However, his tone can be a bit droll, and it seems to move forward with almost languid reluctance. He performs a few vocal impersonations quite well, but often in doing so, only reinforces his overall weak performance in the straight narration. Simultaneous release with the HarperOne hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 10, 2007). (Feb.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
“This is a must-read for anyone concerned about the staggering problems that America faces today. Before you vote, read THE GREAT AWAKENING.”
...a timely, powerful, persuasive book which richly deserves a wide hearing....
Laden with anecdotes, Wallis’ book claims a groundswell of progressive believers could accomplish social transformation that mere politics cannot deliver.
Offers insight into religious activism and the possibilities for a more progressive approach to religious engagement in the public square