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The Rise and Fall of the Christian Coalition: The Inside Story Paperback – June 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1606085806 ISBN-10: 1606085808

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers (OR) (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606085808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606085806
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,440,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Joel Vaughan relies on neither gossip nor guesswork in this compelling book. His is an insider's account; ten years at the Christian Coalition and an easy writing style provide the reader with a ringside seat to one of the most controversial--and consequential-periods in modern American political history."
-Kellyanne Conway, President and CEO, the polling company, inc./WomanTrend

About the Author

Joel D. Vaughan is Chief of Staff for Focus on the Family, a multi-national Christian ministry. He served with the Christian Coalition from 1989 to 1999 in positions ranging from volunteer, to Deputy National Field Director, to Special Assistant to the President and Director of Administration. He has been Vice President of a political advertising firm, and has worked on political campaigns. He holds a B. A. in economics and business, and an M. A. in theology. He and his wife, Kellie, reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with their two children.

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Joel D. Vaughan is Chief of Staff for Focus on the Family, a multi-national Christian ministry. He served with the Christian Coalition from 1989 to 1999 in positions ranging from volunteer, to Deputy National Field Director, to Special Assistant to the President and Director of Administration. He has been Vice President of a political advertising firm, and has worked on political campaigns. He holds a B. A. in economics and business, and an M. A. in theology. He and his wife, Kellie, reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with their two children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Harvey on April 24, 2010
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Joel Vaughan provides us a very readable account of the meteoric rise and deconstruction of one of the most influential policy advocacy organizations in the history of American politics. I have keenly followed politics since before voting age, but never more closely than during the Christian Coalition era. Vaughan's book has the credible ring of truth.

He affirms many things I observed, and confirms many of the things I suspected. Given his tenure with the Coalition, perhaps no one has a better vantage point to fill in the gaps to that question asked by so many, "Whatever happened to the Christian Coalition?"

His avoidance of hyped sensational gossip also lends the tone of veracity. It is not the kiss and tell characteristic of so many political insiders. Ralph Reed and Pat Robertson et al. come through much the way I've always thought of them: Reed the driven and brilliant strategist, Robertson the man of vision who has spent his life serving the spiritual and material needs of others. Both human and capable of missteps, but inordinately pounded for those missteps, which have been surprisingly few considering years under the microscope of often hostile media scrutiny. Beyond these two principals, Vaughan's account provides a glimpse inside the dynamics of a talent pool second to none.

Mr. Vaughan relates another important aspect of this period heretofore not adequately highlighted. The Coalition did something on a scale unmatched before or since, and the electorate was better for it. Anyone on either side of a given issue who availed themselves of a Coalition Voter Guide was better informed. Those voter guides bypassed the millions of campaign dollars and provided substantive analysis directly to the grassroots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joshMshep on March 10, 2010
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The Rise and Fall of the Christian Coalition is an informative, fast-paced tale revealing behind-the-scenes moments that changed how Christians interact with politics. Those Voter Guides you often see in churches now? Christian Coalition perfected that strategy before Focus on the Family or Family Research Council ever tried it.

Some players in the story are ambitious, some holier-than-thou, some current stars on the political scene... all very interesting. But beyond being good history, this narrative is also extremely relevant to the current political climate. From the stories you'll glean insights on church-and-state issues, effective media strategy, organizing precincts--basically, the entire political and policy process in America. Take this passage, about setting up a political event:
The first thing Ralph [Reed] did was begin removing chairs from the room, saying that you want only half enough chairs in the room at first. Then, afterwards, people will remember that you had to bring in extra chairs. [The lesson:] make it easy to exceed expectations.

Whether this is a tactic that should or should not be emulated, it's the moments like these that teach us something. Joel has a keen memory for little moments that matter, whether it's reveling in election night excitement or coping with the monotony of office work. (Actually the author has painstakingly compiled 14 pages of source endnotes to back up his memories, which trumps most political insider books.) It's a rare sort of book that sees the big picture by looking at the small stuff.

Skip the "conservative" fluff on the best-seller list, order The Rise and Fall of the Christian Coalition instead. You'll learn something; I sure did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ruth barr on September 6, 2012
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Very informative and easy to read.The history and personalities were well described. The book was fair and not a bitter disgruntled employee tell all. The author was able to tell the story from the inside of the organization. I would have liked an index on my Kindle.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Anderson on July 10, 2009
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This organization was controlled by Roberta Combs period and she would not give up any power. She controlled by controlling.

The fact they say they have over two million members was false when records show that little less than six thousand emails went out to those members barely being kept alive and donating funds.

This book is filled with spin just to sell a book and get his name out there. I would not buy it. Wait until it comes out in a libary for free.
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