Welcome to the blog tour for Marvin Olasky‘s World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in our Common Life. This is a book that will make you think long and hard about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in America.
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About the Book, World View
How could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy?
What would our lives be like if we reacted to our common culture with not just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion?
For more than 25 years, Marvin Olasky has offered this kind of viewpoint in his columns as the Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine, the leading news magazine written with a Christian perspective. In this collection of far-ranging columns, Olasky‘s commentary on world events and affairs, as well as his own personal interactions, encourages readers to respond with both grace and truth in every encounter.
A leading voice for standing for biblical truth in the public square, Olaskyalso believes Christians should incorporate the biblical virtues of humility, kindness, and mercy in all of life. His call for biblical values to include both truth and mercy makes his voice stand out in a world that often falsely divides those goals and settles for a poor imitation of the robust Christianity described in Scripture. These short and punchy columns offer readers a new way to consider challenges in today’s world and shows them how to respond to any encounter biblically, but not hysterically, providing a wake-up call for the complacent, while also calming the frantic.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book when I agreed to read an ARC from Litfuse Publicity Group, especially since I don’t really read a lot of non-fiction. But I’m really glad I read it. Over the past couple years, I have become pretty discouraged reading what Christians have to say about politics online as everything seems so one-sided and completely ignores the concerns and perspective of any other side. This book was a breath of fresh air in that respect. While I didn’t agree with everything he said, I didn’t feel like I had to! I felt like he was interested in hearing other perspectives and willing to consider them logically and even adjust his own viewpoint after hearing them, and I really appreciated that.
There were two small things I didn’t enjoy about the book. The first was probably my own fault because of my expectations, but when I heard about a book entitled World View, I expected it to be about the world, but this book is very, very American. That’s not a bad thing, and I get now that it was intended to be about the worldview American Christians should have. If I had known who Marvin Olasky was before reading the book, I probably could have figured that out on my own.
The second thing is a formatting issue. These are editorials from World Magazine from 1998-2016. Each editorial begins with its title, and it’s not until the end of the article that the year it was published is given. So I found myself flipping to the end of every single article once I was a sentence or two into it to find out the year it was written because I needed to understand the American context he was speaking to. There have been a number of different contexts since 1998, and it seemed like a no-brainer to me to put the year at the beginning of each editorial rather than making me flip to the end every single time.
Other than those minor details, I really enjoyed this book! I found myself thinking about the articles even days after I read them, and I really loved how he brought Scripture into so many of them. Some of them even felt devotional in nature while being very applicable to everyday life. I am already planning to gift this book to several people in my life that I know will appreciate it because of their interest in politics and in living life as a true follower of Jesus.
About the Author, Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of “World News Group,” a distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and the author of more than twenty books, including “Compassionate Conservatism” and “The Tragedy of American Compassion.” He and his wife, Susan, have four sons and five grandchildren.
Find out more about Marvin at http://stores.newgrowthpress.com.