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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (July 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082543646X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825436468
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Though the religious dimension of gambling as a sin is examined, Gambling: Don't Bet On It is not primarily a Christian book, but rather a social issues book sounding a crucial wake-up call to gambling's harmful effects. Extensively researched and persuasively argued in terms accessible to lay readers, Gambling: Don't Bet On It makes a singularly powerful and compelling argument." (Internet Bookwatch 2006-02-01)

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In recent years, America has plunged headlong into legalized gambling in every form. Gambling is seen by many as a means to quick financial solutions—for individuals, governments, charities, and church groups alike. Its grip is so pervasive throughout our culture that it goes largely unnoticed and unquestioned.

In this newly revised and updated book, Rex M. Rogers, a recognized expert on this subject, examines the hold gambling has on our culture and how we must free ourselves from its damaging effects, both as individuals and as a society. Along with presenting a clear and biblical analysis of gambling, Rogers also discusses moral and economic arguments, charity gambling, and gambling addictions.

“Rex Rogers will open your eyes to a demonic force that is destroying lives and is eating away at the value system of the nation. His book is more than a survey of sociohistorical material on the subject of gambling—it is a call to action.”

—Tony Campolo

Rex M. Rogers (Ph.D., University of Cincinnati) has been the president of Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Mich. since 1991. He is also the author and voice of the daily radio program and nationally syndicated newspaper column “Making a Difference.” Rex writes and speaks on Christian higher education, politics, leadership, and sociocultural trends.


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Dr. Rex M. Rogers is President, SAT-7 USA, the American advancement arm of SAT-7, a Christian satellite television ministry based in Cyprus and reaching 22 countries across 7 time zones in 3 languages: Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish. Former long-time president, Cornerstone University, and for sixteen years wrote/recorded a radio program and newspaper column called "Making a Difference." December 2011, launched new video column: "Making a Difference with Rex Rogers," posted weekly by MissionsInMedia.com at Christianenews YouTube channel and westmichiganchristian.com. Travels extensively in the U.S. and Middle East. Blogs daily on current events and issues at rexmrogers.com.

Author of "Gambling: Don't Bet On It" and "Christian Liberty: Living for God in a Changing Culture" and eBook "Living For God In Changing Times." And co-author of eBook "Today You Do Greatness: A Parable On Success And Significance."

Reads Westerns, political tomes, biographies (about people who matter, not celebrities), history, about anything really including whatever magazines are available, especially if forced to wait in doctors' offices.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Now in a newly revised and updated edition, Gambling: Don't Bet On It is Cornerstone University President Rex Rogers' response to the shifts in modern American culture that celebrate legalized gambling more than ever. Gambling: Don't Bet On It examines the history of gambling in America and observes its present-day impact, including the money it siphons from individuals and households, moral and economic arguments against it, "harmless" forms of gambling such as the office pool, gambling demographics, negative impacts it has on modern culture, and more. Though the religious dimension of gambling as a sin is examined, Gambling: Don't Bet On It is not primarily a Christian book, but rather a social issues book sounding a crucial wake-up call to gambling's harmful effects. Extensively researched and persuasively argued in terms accessible to lay readers, Gambling: Don't Bet On It makes a singularly powerful and compelling argument.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quipper on February 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's a good bet that this book will get you thinking about the detrimental aspects of gambling, from a Christian perspective in particular. I'd wager that once done with this short monograph, you'll be richer for having read it. Some books are like a crap shoot--will they be good, will they be bad, but this title isn't one of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Readalots on December 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
University President Rex Rogers presents a poignant and well-documented societal study with his 2005 221-page paperback "Gambling: Don't Bet On It". With 37 pages of documentation (from the past 100 years) and a five-page bibliography Rogers convincingly proves that gambling, "as the world's second oldest distraction", is a most troubling American social epidemic. This book is a call to return gambling to its historical position of pariah and anathema.

Rogers says gambling is too costly (producing about $500 billion in 2004!) giving back little to the community. Gambling is second only to the federal government in making money but provides little reward. Consider more of the book's disturbing points:

· "... Gambling creates its own morality and gradually debilitates the people it touches" (page 39).
· "The year 1994 was the first year that Americans spent more on gambling than their children's toys" (page 43).
· "Half of the nation's 562 federally recognized [Native American] tribes with a total of 1.9 million people are trying to get into gambling" (page 47).
· "Gambling establishment owners are typically no longer local people" (page 57).
· "To believe in luck is to believe that God does not exist...gambling and superstition go hand in hand" (page 67).
· "Mark Twain shrewdly observed that `the best throw at the dice is to throw them away'" (page 75).
· "Everyone looses at gambling- except the game owners" (page 95).

Rogers defines gambling terms like "the chase", "plunging", "the rush", and many more. He discusses the "gambler's fallacy", "suicide without death", and "the disease" concept for gambling addiction.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ready writer on June 17, 2009
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i enjoyed this book up to about page 25. i will keep it for the facts and figures, i cannot justify finishing it. once he starts to get into the "christian" point of view he is way out of his depth. his theology is woeful and quite embarrassing.
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