Book Review: The Great Awakening (Jim Wallis)

June 27, 2009

The author of the acclaimed “God’s Politics“, Jim Wallis’, has written a superb follow-on book, “The Great Awakening“.

The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America, is a must-read for anyone who has a genuine interest in matters of faith in a political world. It is also a recommended read for anyone that has a heart for social justice.

I have read Wallis’ earlier book God’s Politics and would say that The Great Awakening is a significantly better work. God’s Politics feels more like a brain-dump from Wallis, without enough structure and organisation and tends to be repetitive. The Great Awakening however, feels much more rounded and ‘complete’. Where I was nodding my head in agreement perhaps once every few pages in God’s Politics, The Great Awakening strongly aroused the sense of justice deep in my spirit – I was nodding along in agreement with Wallis’ words throughout the book. If you are considering reading God’s Politics and don’t have a particular interest in the more-specifics of US Democrat and Republican party politics, I would recommend skipping it and reading The Great Awakening.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: The Great Awakening (Jim Wallis)”

  1. Austin said

    Thanks for the recommendation. I was considering reading God’s Politics, but The Great Awakening sounds like a better book to start with.

    The Ordinary Radicals is a great documentary to check out if you’re interested in the way faith interacts with politics — Wallis even makes an appearance. http://www.theordinaryradicals.com/

  2. Andrew Noble said

    Thanks Austin – I’ll try and check out the documentary.

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