From Publishers Weekly
Contrary to Mel Brooks's humorous presentation of Moses and the 10 Commandments on film, Klinghoffer (The Lord Will Gather Me In
) does not think these biblical laws are a laughing matter. A writer and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Klinghoffer warns that America is ignoring the commandments and sinking deeper into a quagmire of immorality. Using the Northwest's urban environs in which he lives as a case study, he warns that Seattle suffers from an advanced case of moral retardation that could easily spread to the rest of the country. The main culprit is secularism, says Klinghoffer, a modern and resurgent paganism. Although this seems somewhat overstated, in light of religion's ascendancy in much of America, the author's argument that the U.S. has slighted a communitarian ethic in favor of increased individualism is compelling. Klinghoffer writes with passion and is genuinely concerned with the moral state of the union. However, he often slips into acerbic commentary that distracts from his more salient points. For every example given regarding the moral ineptitude of some residents of Seattle, there could be 10 provided about those who are fighting the good fight and living by God's word. (Aug. 21)
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“Few writers on religion are as fearless as [David] Klinghoffer.” —Esther Schor, Times Literary Supplement
“Klinghoffer’s frank conviction lends his material urgency and narrative verve.” —Mark Oppenheimer, Washington Post Book World
Praise for The Discovery of God
“Exhilarating . . . Stories that are not only beautiful but edifying.” —Noah Millman, Commentary
“I was simply bowled over by the beauty of David Klinghoffer’s prose and the lucidity of his expression. A fantastic achievement.” —William F. Buckley, Jr.
“Electrifying and immensely important. Klinghoffer presents the most effective possible case for the idea that the traditional believers are right in their approach to the Bible.” —Michael Medved
Praise for The Lord Will Gather Me In
“An arresting spiritual autobiography . . . David Klinghoffer has issued a prophetic challenge.” —Mark Silk, New York Times Book Review
“A fascinating, admirable, honest and honorable book.” —Cynthia Ozick