Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tea Party Culture War

Title:  Tea Party Culture War
Author:  Stephen Johnston
Pages:  232
Year:  2011
Publisher:  WinePress Publishing
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
”Crossing the Rubicon” is a phrase still used today to indicate that events have reached a certain point where something inevitable will occur.”  (Page ix)  There is a lot packed in this statement made by the author in the introduction of his book Tea Party Culture War.  The subtitle is very interesting, “A Clash of Worldviews”.  What do you think of when you read that subtitle?  In the introduction, Mr. Johnston presents a very brief history of many nations that have stood at a fork in the road in their history.  Decisions made whether by leaders, individuals or countries are known to have changed the course of people for years to come.  Is America at that point again? 
                The premise of the author is that America is at a point of no return; we must act now.  As we look over the horizons of our nation, on many fronts we see change.  We are stirred to a depth deep within us.  How shall we respond to the opportunity to change or influence the direction America has been going?  Will we sit idly by and do nothing but complain or shall we rise like others before us to help our nation return to her Christian-Judeo values? 
                In this work of nonfiction, we gain an understanding of where our nation is as well as why.  We will be introduced to the Tea Party’s movement, including a brief review of its inception.  The author presents his view that the next political campaign may be one of the dirtiest in recent history due to the unfathomable amount of money President Obama plans on spending on personal attacks instead of the issues our nation faces in this crisis.
                Regardless of your political viewpoint or party favorites, I believe this book has information to help all of us make informed decisions instead of relying on the normal political rhetoric we are so accustomed to hearing.  The chapters are divided in to three main parts:  Worldview and Culture, Worldview and Politics, ending with Worldview and Religion.
                Most people don’t want to believe that a worldview has anything to do with the choices they make, but it does.  What we truly believe, we act on for good or bad.  There is a lot we can learn from what has happened in world history, and the author supplies many examples in this book.  Regardless of being a fan of the Tea Party or not, please read for the information presented.  You might find it helpful in making an informed choice at election time.
My rating is 4 stars.

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