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The Teavangelicals: The Inside Story of How the Evangelicals and the Tea Party are Taking Back America Hardcover – June 11, 2012

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David Brody is the Chief Political Correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network and his interviews with the top political figures in America can be seen nationwide on The 700 Club. Brody hosts a one-of-a-kind TV show called The Brody File, which features his interviews with top newsmakers and takes a deeper look into the intersection of faith and politics through a Christian worldview. Brody is a graduate of Ithaca College and lives in Rockville, Maryland with his lovely wife of 22 years and his three children. Visit: http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310335612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310335610
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides an insider's account of the involvement of Evangelical Christians in the Tea Party. Written by the Chief Political Correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, the volume chronicles the people, places and politics of the this fledgling movement. It will be of interest to Evangelicals who want to learn more than they can find in the mainstream media outlets, but will not likely appeal to a general audience.

If you are looking for a "smoking gun" to prove that Christians are trying to establish a theocracy through their involvement in politics, you will not find it here. The main interest among the "Teavangelicals" is to reduce the power of government in the lives of the American people. Rather than taking over the levers of power, these political novices are seeking to eliminate much of the administrative state to increase the freedom of every citizen.

The review copy was missing Mike Huckabee's foreword and chapters 5, 8 and 9, which are slated to chronicle the Tea Party successes and/or failures in the 2012 primaries, Teavangelicals and the media, and next steps for the movement. These chapters will have a major role in the auther's assessment of the impact of the Tea Party.

Overall, this is a "folksy" account of a nascent political movement written by a journalist who is intimately involved in significant aspects of the story. The description of Ayn Rand's influence on the Tea Party philosophy is of particular interest, since Teavangelicals agree strongly with her political views but not with her atheism. I found this to be one of the best discussions on the topic.
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The Teavangelicals by David Brody is an interesting and informative read. I am a conservative Christian (although not strictly speaking an Evangelical), and I have not been active in politics beyond voting in elections. I was curious to get more information about the intersection of Evangelical Christians and the Tea Party, and that is just what I found in this book.

Brody does a good job of outlining who Teavangelicals are and where they fit within the larger Tea Party. Readers will find out about how they got started and why along with whom the prominent players and politicians are. I thought Brody did a good job of being balanced in his presentation including the ugly past of some figures like Allen West of Florida.

Overall, this is an accessible read for anyone looking for more information about the Evangelical presence in the Tea Party. If you are curious, this is a good place to start.
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I don't read many socio-political books these days, primarily because they have become so strident the factual information is usually smothered by the shrill presentation. I have a few friends who are involved in their local Tea Party, however they live quite a distance away from us. What I do know about the Tea Party movement (rather than just what I have heard) is pretty general, so I thought this yet unreleased book by David Brody, the Chief Political Correspondent with CBN News, may provide the background information I was looking for. The catchy book title also piqued my interest.

The reader doesn't have to be acquainted with the Tea Party to understand what the book title is meant to convey. "The Teavangelicals (The Inside Story of How the Evangelicals and the Tea Party are Taking Back America)" does provide the historical picture of how the relatively recent Tea Party movement came on the scene. To a large degree, that was the information I was looking for, yet it didn't take long before the author clearly framed those who he was really interested in writing about--the growing number of conservative evangelical Christians who are beginning to populate the Tea Party.

I have to say that after reading the following opening paragraph from "A Note From the Author" I almost closed the book thinking I had possibly made an error in selecting this book:

"I didn't want to write this book but history forced me to. I couldn't help the fact that the Tea Party created a new political movement in the country. I couldn't help the fact that evangelical Christians became a significant portion of this crusade. It happened organically, like a YouTube clip spreading virally. There's no stopping it. Just like me at the buffet table."

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Don't expect this to be a preachy book. I liked it for its level description of the Tea Party and especially of those who can be called Teavangelicals. The author obviously is one of them, but he has humor and talks with us in such a way that the reader can understand just where the Party's supporters are coming from. While you know he has no use for our present president, he isn't derisive or insulting in his stand. This is a book worth reading whether you're Republican or Democrat.
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First of all evangelicalism has nothing do to with Christianity other than watering down legitimate Christian doctrine for the sake of expanding church congregations because the weight of a church’s collection plate is directly proportional to the size of its congregation. The same goes for evangelical radio and TV broadcasters.

Second, libertarianism, like any form of liberalism, is fundamentally incompatible with Christianity, and fiscal conservatism is impossible in an environment where social liberalism is the norm. Social liberalism destroys the family, so society must spend mega-amounts of money on welfare and public education to keep angry young men produced by non-functional families from rioting in the streets because they don’t have any home-training.

All this being said imagine my surprise when a reporter for Pat Robertson comes out claiming that evangelicals and libertarians are somehow fused into something called the Tea Party, an organization that is supposedly trying to reclaim America for conservatism.

This book is rot.

The author is clueless about conservatism. The Tea Party is not a conservative movement. According to the author the Tea Party’s goals are: Fiscal responsibility; “Constitutionally limited government” and free trade.

The first goal is admirable- but it can be achieved with tax increases as well as it can with tax cuts, and since the Tea Party goal is tax cuts at all cost, their first goal is a wash. It will do as much harm as it will good.

The second goal prompts the question: By whose standards? The Constitution was designed to be interpreted. Its meaning was not set in stone. It comes with an adaptability that gives it stability. It is the oldest written constitution in use.
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