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Where do we go from here? Is there a set of public policies and personal choices we can make that will ensure another four hundred years of God's blessing upon America? Today we stand at a crossroads. In Personal Faith, Public Policy, Harry Jackson and Tony Perkins take a fresh, balanced look at the core issues we are facing today, laying out a comprehensive strategy that can bring evangelicals together across racial and denominational lines to:

1. Preserve and protect life by continuing our fight for the unborn; addressing issues such as child abuse, stem cell research, elder care and euthanasia, and capital punishment; and standing firm against those who would take innocent life through acts of terrorism
2. Reform immigration policy by improving our legal immigration process while dealing with our rampant illegal immigration problem
3. Alleviate domestic poverty and ensure justice at home by reforming health care and reasserting our mission to help the working poor, orphans, widows, and the destitute to find personal, spiritual, and financial refuge
4. Cultivate racial harmony and diversity by developing partnerships across racial lines and raising up minority leaders in key politically active ministries
5. Protect religious freedom by learning the truth about the separation of church and state, the current religious liberties battleground, and what the Bible says about the freedom of religion
6. Defend marriage and family by supporting promarriage policies and divorce reform at both the national and state levels
7. Protect the environment by properly caring for God's creation and making changes in America's energy policies

America's future can be as bright as the promises of God. To realize these promises, we must take action on these seven critical steps in our private lives, in our churches, and collectively in our public policy.

About the Author

Harry Jackson founder and Chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition (HILC), Bishop Jackson has declared that the church and its leaders must lead the way to protect America's moral compass and heal our nation. His radio commentary "The Truth in Black and White" can be heard daily on 400+ stations nationally. In addition, Jackson was also named one of the top 50 most influential Christians in 2005 by the Christian Post. Jackson has appeared as a guest on The Tavis Smiley Show, Tony Brown's Journal, The O'Reilly Factor, Britt Hume's Special Report, National Public Radio, CBS Evening News, BET Evening News, 700 Club, TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network) and CBN News. He has been featured in articles in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Chicago Defender. Bishop Jackson is Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church in the Washington, DC area with 3,000 attendees and serves as a regional Bishop in the Fellowship of International Churches (FOIC). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from prestigious Williams College and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. His secular work experience includes positions in several Fortune 500 companies.

Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is President of the Washington, DC based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation's first Covenant Marriage law. He was a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 2002. Since joining FRC in the fall of 2003 he has led FRC to aggressively continue their work affirming and defending the Judeo-Christian values that this nation is founded upon. Tony hosts a weekly national radio program, "Washington Watch Weekly," and he also sends daily updates to tens of thousands of grassroots activists. An effective communicator, he regularly appears on national broadcast and cable news programs. In addition, he has been a keynote speaker for organizations across the country. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and a former police officer and television news reporter, Tony brings a unique blend of experience and leadership to the pro-family movement. He received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree from LSU in Public Administration. In May 2006 he received an honorary doctorate from Liberty in Theology. Tony and Lawana, his wife of 21 years, have four children.
 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline (February 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599792613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599792613
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By BReal on March 12, 2008
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This book is written by two men who come from very different backgrounds. One is a Republican the other a Democrat, but some how they have managed to do what the House and Senate have not been able to do for years, agree! Despite their different backgrounds both Jackson and Perkins present very clear and practical resolutions to seven issues that are before the heart of every person of faith: preserve and protect life; reform immigration; alleviate domestic poverty; cultivate racial harmony; protect religious freedom; defend marriage and family; and protect the environment. These men don't waste the readers time with political rhetoric, their book is not overwhelmed with scriptures from the Bible that leave the reader over powered, and their certainly is not a leaning towards the right or left; rather they presented the problems along with resolutions. In the end the reader is faced with the pivotal choice to administer change in our society. This book is instrumental for the life of every American and will effect and provoke our society to change if we choose to apply the resolutions presented before us. My fellow Americans, it is not the election of a President that is going to change our situation it is the understanding that America has always had a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We the PEOPLE must be the orchestrators of change! Pick up your copy today and begin to initiate change for our country.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Sherman on March 11, 2008
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Amazing---a black Harvard grad meets up with a white leader of a pro-famioy organization and voila...who would know they could not only agree on something but define positive ways to address the issues facing the U.S. today? This has just enough research and info to make it credible, but not boring and just enough scripture to give the issues framework, without making it totally opinionated. Evey voter should get a copy and pass it around their office!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By someone who cares on March 19, 2008
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A powerfully written book that would prove unquestionably useful for every American household. Want answers to problems we're facing as a nation? Pick up this book and share it with a friend. You'll never reget reading this amazing prophetic insight - it will provide concise truths and offer hope for a better future, one filled with hope for our country. Do yourself and a friend a favor and get it today!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Banyai on November 17, 2008
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I bought this book after hearing Harry Jackson speak. Finally read it 8 months later. FANTASTIC book. If you are a christian who's been wrestling with what a Biblical perspective is on solving the pressing issues in America today, how the church can play a role, and how you can play a role, this book is what you need to read. No matter what your political affiliations or family background is, you will benefit from this book. Absolutely worth your time.
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By Watson on July 14, 2014
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Just so-so.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David O. Neuschulz on December 27, 2012
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Misleading quotes (Biblical and non-) taken out of context along with vaguely worded assertions are used to support the authors' viewpoint. I happen to agree with some -- a few -- of the conclusions in this book, but the arguments made throughout are the opposite of cogent. Straw men, ad hominem attacks, and anecdotal evidence are just a few of the "demagogue's" favorite means of persuasion used. Very little here rises to the level of journalistic, academic, or forensic quality argumentation.

Of course, if all you're looking for is conservative talking points, or a clear set of policy litmus tests to help you vote for the "most" conservative candidate, then let this serve as a crib sheet. If you hate liberals (or let us say the sins of the liberals), then this will be infuriatingly enjoyable for you. Preaching to the choir.
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