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The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right Hardcover – February 7, 2006

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Named one of Utne's 100 American Visionaries, Rabbi Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine, delivers an ambitious proposal called a "Spiritual Covenant with America." Before detailing his plan, he provides an extensive survey of American history and ideology, rife with examples of dominant and controlling attributes favored by those on the right (the "right hand of God") who believe in a frightening world replete with evil and ruled by an avenging God. This contrasts with what he considers the loving, kind and generous tendencies of those at the "left hand of God," who instead believe in a compassionate and merciful deity. These delineations occur on both sides of the political aisle—and not solely within one religion. Rabbi Lerner addresses both the "intolerant and militaristic" tactics of the political right and the "visionless... often spiritually empty" tenets of the political left with an even hand. His vision of a country devoid of poverty, homelessness, unemployment and uninsured citizens comes with an actual blueprint, in which Americans rededicate themselves to traditional values of love, kindness, respect and responsibility. Unfortunately, the rays of hope delivered in this impassioned proposal are buried in an often rambling and repetitive dialogue that may alienate those most likely to respond. (Feb.)
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“Just sharing these profound ideas that Lerner presents in such an accessible manner is itself a great contribution you could make to healing our country” (Cornel West, author of Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism)

“The Left Hand of God is essential reading for everyone concerned about the future of this country.” (Fritjof Capra)

“[A] practical, compelling vision of a politics of generosity.” (Walter Bruggemann)

“Lerner’s spiritually based politics is just what this country needs.” (Tony Campolo)

“Lerner’s proposal is a visionary response to this urgent need …” (Richard Gere)

“A brilliant and penetrating analysis of the way religion is now used politically …. ” (John Shelby Spong)

“[T]his book pulsates with life and spirit and the passion of the prophets of old. Bravo! ” (Matthew Fox)

“Lerner is a rare voice of sanity and intelligence in a nation where our moral values have been corrupted ….” (Howard Zinn)

“An insightful, inspiring book by Rabbi Lerner that can put America back on track.” (Arun Gandhi, president, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence)

“[T]he blueprint for transforming the conscious heart of a nation ….” (Michael Franti, Musician)

“In this important book, Lerner shows us how we can reclaim truths that we are in danger of losing. ” (Karen Armstrong)

“Spiritual commitment requires political action, or amounts to nothing. That is the fundamental truth of The Left Hand of God.” (George Lakoff, author of Don't Think of An Elephant)

“Rabbi Lerner makes sense, finds meaning and sees hope in an America many feel is spiraling downward into destructive divisions.” (Harvey Cox)

“Lerner articulates … a vision of hope that taps into the spiritual needs of all people.” (Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives)

“THE LEFT HAND OF GOD reclaims the common ground of peace and social justice which gird all authentic spiritualities….” (Reverend John Dear)

“A renewed politics far more profound than either the Republicans or the Democrats have been able to muster….” (Richard Upford-Chase, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA)

“Lerner’s needed voice for progressive spirituality will find resonance across many faith traditions. I’m deeply grateful for his work.” (Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian)

“An enormously important book…practical steps we can take to launch a spiritual revolution and save this beautiful planet.” (Robert Thurman)

“The blueprint for the next stage in the spiritual development of our planet.” (Deepak Chopra)

“A highly decent and challenging critique.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A book that sends a clear call to everyone who cares about the future of America.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

“The Left Hand of God serves the vital purpose of articulating a progressive religious alternative.” (Washington Post Book World)

“A provocative invitation to the broad dialogue we need…” (Christian Century)

“Part social critique, part save-the-world primer, The Left Hand of God brims with hopeful proposals.” (Houston Chronicle)

“Many will find Lerner’s 8-point “Spiritual Covenant with America” revitalizing grist for discussion....” (Providence Journal)

“For those who dare to imagine a country where peace, freedom, and justice prevail....” (Spirituality and Health magazine)

“A serious critique of how both the religious right and liberals have used and abused the influence of religion ….” (America Magazine)

“A rallying cry and a theoretical and scholarly analysis of the appeal of the religious right.” (Boston Globe)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060842474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060842475
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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