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Carol M. Swain, PhD, is widely recognized as an authority on political science, law, race, and immigration. She has provided expert commentary about some of today's most complex issues, appearing on top national radio and television programs. Currently professor of both political science and law at Vanderbilt University, she is also a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, where she was a tenured professor.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849948282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849948282
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol Swain has put feet to her faith in writing this book, disregarding the backlash that such transparency will certainly invoke. With careful precision she has gathered the big facts--about Christianity, about America's foundation, about modern-day governmental and cultural forces, about the disposition of the American people--and offers them with a calm urgency for our consideration.

Underneath it all is her central question: "Does the God of the broken American covenant still judge nations?" Those of us who call ourselves Christians and presume to ask for God's blessing must never forget that His ability to bless a nation is integrally tied to His ability also to curse that same nation.

Carol writes:

"The cold winds of change sweeping through Washington, D.C., and our nation are damning evidence that even though we say we believe in God, we live like atheists. We consider God to be either nonexistent or irrelevant--and certainly not in the business of distributing rewards and punishments. The solemn vows of faith that once impelled our leaders to bravery and provided the solid principles upon which our country was founded have been broken and abandoned to the winds. The virtues produced by faith in God have been banished from our borders."
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Carol M. Swain is a distinguished public intellectual and college professor. She believes that America is headed in the wrong direction. Her views are not politically correct. In fact, they are polarizing, and potentially offensive to many.

That's what I liked about this book. ;)

Using copious examples from literature, history and political science, Swain makes a compelling case that America is on the wrong track because we have lost our common moral compass -- a Judeo-Christian heritage that once permeated nearly every aspect of civil society.

She discusses how this loss of common moral convictions has influenced public policy issues ranging from immigration, racism, and family matters. She is critical of the Obama adminstration, but makes her case in a way that is respectful. Swain makes no apologies for her views. She clearly and carefully articulates a conservative Christian worldview, and suggests how readers can take action in areas of particular interest to them.

Dr. Swain offers a unique perspective. She is an African-American woman who rose from poverty to earn several graduate degrees. She has experienced divorce twice, was a single mother, and the first in her family to attend college. She is a highly respected academic and public intellectual. The preface to the book includes praise from a wide variety of public figures ranging from journalists and senators to pastors and musicians.

If you are a conservative Christian, politically and socially, or want to understand what motivates conservative Christians, I highly recommend this book.
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Whether everyone acknowledges it or not, our country was founded upon the morals and principles of the Judeo-Christian faith. This clear conviction is obvious in the attitudes an writings of our founding fathers. Over time however, there has been a foundational shift to the left. In her new book, "Be The People; A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise", political science professor and conservative Christian Carol Swain paints a vivid, realistic, and at times frightening portrait of the current moral climate in the United States.

Dr. Swain begins her book by showing the reader what the foundations of this country were (truth, justice, value of life, pursuit of freedom). She then systematically shows how our government and modern culture have been eroding the Christian values of the founding fathers through choices that moved us away from God. Swain tackles many of the hotbed issues in politics today (family values, feminism, racism, abortion, and immigration). In doing so, she shows how a loss of our moral compass has influenced public policy.

"Be The People" is a tough read. The writing style is not tough. Swain has written with an engaging and inspirational style. The tough part is the content. This book is well-researched and the author has brilliantly made her case that America needs a redirection. The material that she has included evokes feelings of sadness and anger (at least it did in me). I like many things about this book. The perspective of the author is real. Swain writes from the perspective of an African-American Christian female growing up in poverty, twice divorced, now a college graduate teaching in one of the country's most prestigious universities. All of this together gives her credibility. This book is not a "list of complaints".
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Be the People is a powerful call to action to the "78 percent of Americans who profess a belief in the Judeo-Christian God" to Wake Up! It's also a thoughtful series of constructive directions for public policy to enhance the quest for greater truthfulness and justice in modern society in areas as diverse and controversial as the family, immigration, national soverignty, race, racism and racial politics. This is one very bold woman! She tackles all of the tough issues with compassion and clarity based in a deeply Biblical worldview.

A well-researched book with tons of references, it is both easy and compelling to read. I personally was shocked and convicted while reading her analysis of Broken Vows - how as a nation we are forsaking what we once knew - and what she sees as almost the natural consequences of a nation turning against God. She writes of the Puritan belief in America as a covenant nation and how that led to the imperialistic Manifest Destiny notion. She asks "Is there still a God who judges nations?" - and, shockingly, answers not only "Yes" but that (just maybe) the Jihad attacks of 9/11 were aspects of God's judgement. Just as shockingly, she quotes Keith Richburg of the Washington Post, standing on a bridge in Somalia, watching corpses float by, and thanking God that his ancestors were lucky enough to be captured by a slave trader, to endure the horrific voyage and decades of slavery, so that he might now be standing on the bridge rather than floating under it. Being a Black American is a blessing as compared to living in Somalia (that probably doesn't go over very well in the faculty lounge).
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