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Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom Hardcover – July 15, 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936488205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936488209
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Todd Akin is the former six-term US Representative for Missouri's second congressional district. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and member of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Akin earned an M.Div. degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and worked in the private sector before entering Congress. He lives in St. Louis County.

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37 of 57 people found the following review helpful By V. Patterson on July 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In this book Todd Akin continues to wallow in his sin of pride. Showing that he learned nothing by the implosion of his campaign, which cost his party a senate seat, he comes out with all guns blazing. His comments on pregnancy and rape were a coward's response to a question - should rape victims be able to get abortions or not? Rather than saying what he really believes - that all life is precious and that we shouldn't hold the way one was conceived against an innocent baby in the womb - a defensible if politically unpopular position - Akin tried to dodge the question by arguing that raped women don't get pregnant. When he was called on this comment - clearly raped women get pregnant all the time - he offered a half-hearted apology which he is now taking back in the pages of his book. He has no thought for the pain of victims of rape - all that matters to him is his unchristian pride. The book is full of it - he casts himself as the victim in every page, never taking responsibility for his own actions as Christ asks of us.
Todd Akin and people like him do more damage to the church than they can possibly imagine. But even if he understood it, there is no indication here that he would change his ways. None of what he does is to honor Christ, it's all to honor himself. As he says he will not be running for anything again (a moot point, as there's almost nothing he could get elected to), this book is mostly a parting shot to say 'I was right'. No, sir, you were wrong. One day Christ will ask you about your words. I hope you have something better to say to him than what you have said in this book.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. Koranda on September 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I must preface this review by saying that I had no interest in reading this. I am so disgusted with politics in this country that I honestly bury my head and wait for it all to go away. A friend asked me to read it though, so I did.

I am familiar with Rep. Akin, and have always respected him and his family, and felt he got a raw deal in the 2012 election. Until reading his account of it, though, I had no idea just how raw.

Many are familiar with Todd Akin for just two words, “legitimate rape”. In 2012, during his run for U.S. Senate, he was asked in a radio interview about whether or not abortion should be legal in cases of rape. Rep. Akin is staunchly pro-life, and he gave this response,” If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something. You know, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the on rapist and not attacking the child.”

For this comment, his 24 years of service to his country was completely wiped away and an onslaught began against him, both from the Democrats (to be expected), but even from his own party. Republicans ran from him in fear, quaking in their boots because of what the media said.

No wonder I am so disgusted with politics.

The book, overall though, is a fascinating look at what goes on behind the scenes of a campaign. And, I fear it illuminates only too well the answer to, “Why can't we get good citizens to run for office in this country?”

The book starts out with the background of this pivotal event. He then goes on to discuss his own family background, his philosophies of serving in government, education, family life and his walk with Christ. Rep.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By albarino on July 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A slip of the tongue? What Akin tried to say -- so he claims -- is that there is a difference between a woman who WAS raped and got pregnant, and a woman who falsely claimed she was raped and got pregnant.

The former has an unwanted pregnancy violently imposed; the latter is a liar. So if a woman shows up at Planned Parenthood clinic, who is to say her rape claim is real or not? Akin, or the woman and a police report? News for Akin: ia pregnant rape victim's body does not "shut down." The sperm can indeed find the egg, and is on they way to becoming a fetus.

Akin earnestly apologized for his remarks on video during the campaign. Well, he is recanting his apology two years later. The Missouri Republican now insists that he always believed in what he said regarding "legitimate rape" and is convinced that the media, Democrats, and Republicans such as Mitt Romney all decided to persecute him because he is a good, Christian, patriotic man. Ah yes, that grand conspiracy against right wing Christians -- that explains everything! Akin now claims in FB that the incident was all part of a "spiritual war" between good and evil. Akin was on the side of "good," in case you didn't figure that out. In mid-July, 2014, Akin told David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network that the uproar over his comments was really "part of a spiritual war," instead of a political campaign that galvanized many Missouri women voters.

And on the record, Akin remains an outspoken opponent of abortion IN ALL CASES, including health reasons or in cases of rape or incest. He also opposes embryonic stem cell research.
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