Reviews of a variety of books, with emphasis on the Christian genre.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
World View by Marvin Olasky
About the book:
could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not
only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy?
would our lives be like if we reacted to our common culture with not
just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion?
more than 25 years, Marvin Olasky has offered this kind of viewpoint
in his columns as the Editor-in-Chief of World
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
leading voice for standing for biblical truth in the public square,
Olasky also 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. My review:
columns, dating from 1997-2016, are loosely arranged into broad
subjects. They originally appeared in World Magazine. Olasky
contemplates what an ideal Christian protest should look like. He
suggests how we might present our case, following the example of Paul
reasoning in Greece. Other topics include abortion, the constitution,
transgender, immigration, movie reviews, how to think through issues,
and many more. Some of these essays go back twenty years and seemed
dated to me. Some of the columns reflect Olasky's personal opinion
and may not reflect the opinions of other Christians.
value of these columns, I think, is in the reasoning Olasky does in
them. He thinks through issues before he reveals his conclusions.
They are good examples for Christians who want to know how to do that
is an index to the columns and that is important. Reading through the
essays from beginning to end was not very satisfying for me. One
could use the index and read Olasky's thoughts on a particular issue.
In that way this book would be a resource for thinking Christians.
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My rating: 4/5 stars.
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