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Reagan's Children: Taking Back the City on the Hill Paperback – June 1, 2006
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"Hans Zeiger is one of the most inspiring, articulate young voices for moral principle in America today."
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Hans Zeiger is an Eagle Scout and conservative activist from Puyallup, Washington who holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University. He authored Reagan's Children and Get Off My Honor as a student and continues to be a leading cultural voice in the battle to preserve the Boy Scout Oath and Law.
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And while he's deeply concerned with many aspects of society, Reagan's Children tells of a spreading, positive trend in America today that everyone must work to sustain for our country's well-being. Readers who pick up this book will remember the "make a difference" power each individual American has long after turning the last page. This is a must read for all those who care about their country and need a reminder as to how they fit into the picture. What better way to read about this unique generation than from one of the finest of the "Reagan Children" - read it soon.
Unlike his previous Boy Scouts book, "Reagan's Children" covers a broad range of material. It covers the happenings of the latest generation of young conservative activists who are making a difference and shaping our future, including Zeiger himself. Though I don't fully share the author's optimism, it is thrilling to read some real-life stories of young leadership.
It is also a rallying call and is written for those who will take up the mantle of leadership in the upcoming generation. His last two chapters, especially "Renewing the City on a Hill", provides the direction he would like to see America take in the hands of a new generation of leadership.
Having read Zeiger's first book concerning Boy Scouts, his writing has improved dramatically and all the ideas are well-developped.
This is a must have for anyone who calls themself a conservative or wishes to better understand the young conservative movement.
Zeiger has essentially one point throughout the book: there is a resurgence of conservatism and faith among the youth of America today and this should be a great cause of optimism. To make his case, he provides countless statistics, case studies, and anecdotes. He explores the reasons why it's occurring, the historical significance and importance, and how conservative Christians can further strengthen their cause.
Perhaps the greatest value of Reagan's Children is Zeiger's relentless optimism. It's refreshing, and almost shocking, considering the typical doom and gloom rhetoric often put forward by conservative commentators worried about the future of America.
However great this optimism is, though, it is rooted in the book's greatest problem: Zeiger contends that God is calling this generation to change the world and that when Christians take charge of this calling America will continue to be (or return to being) "that shining city on a hill." The problem is that the primary mode for making a difference is through political action. What's missing in the calling of Reagan's Children is the role of the church. It is the church's responsibility to change the world, not a secular government. In this, Zeiger perpetuates a serious problem common to the Religious Right: confusing the role of the government and the role of the church. While America may well be the "greatest nation on God's green earth," it is not so because America is God's chosen country. America is not God's country, but the church is His, and it is through the global community of believers that God will bless the nations.
Zeiger is the pilot of this uncomfortably honest and turbulent flight of opinion-and you're in the middle seat, suffocated by the only `overweight passengers' on the plane. Zeiger's honesty might compel you to jump out-parachuteless or not.
Contemporary issues are addressed and accompanied by real solutions to real problems. God is talked about and the Bible is cited. Eeks. Zeiger's beliefs and biases radiate off of the pages. Liberals will call it plutonium. Conservatives will call it platinum.
Chronicling the accomplishments of Ronald Reagan and the successes of the conservative movement explain the reason this book was created. Filled with methods of leadership, this book is a guideline for like-minded conservatives who want to engage the public and win over their hearts and minds.
Not only does he give scholarly, well-researched analysis, but he ignites a spark in his audience. Hans instills hope in the reader, which drove me to get more involved in my community, church, and school.
This book is a must read for anyone concerned with the future of America. Hans articulates the ideas and beliefs of a growing number of young people, passionate about changing their personal lives, the lives of others, and the world.