Sunday, March 27, 2011

Three Books on Religion and Politics

Recently I’ve read three books on religion and politics, all with a different viewpoint and tone.

Running God’s Way: Step by Step to a Successful Political Campaign by Vicky Hartzler (Enumclaw, WA: Pleasant Word, 2008). Hartzler knows whereof she speaks. She served in the Missouri State House and was just elected to the US House of Representatives. This is a terrific guidebook. Even if you don’t agree with Hartzler’s religious beliefs her excellent descriptions of campaigns provide good advice. The narrative is easy to read and to the point. Practicality is her strong suit. There are even worksheets that candidates can use to plan their own campaigns. She also includes sample ads and scripts. The book covers all aspects of campaigns, developing and delivering a message, fundraising, getting out the vote, even what to wear. While Biblical references and examples are scattered throughout the political viewpoints are not dependent on it.

How Can a Christian Be in Politics by Roy Herron. (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 2005). Herron served in the Tennesse State House and now in the Tennessee State Senate. His book is philosophical, discussing how religious beliefs of candidates can affect their actions. He frequently uses examples from his own life, personal and political, to illustrate his points. It is an interesting book to read and although, short, very thought provoking.

What Sex is a Republican by Terri McCormick (NY: IUniverse Inc., 2008). McCormick served in the Wisconsin State House for six years. Her books is more of a polemic, and does not deal overtly with religion. McCormick issues a call to action for everyone to pay more attention to politics. She discusses the political process, primarily with examples of her own campaigns and her own life.

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