- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (January 9, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718091523
- ISBN-13: 978-0718091521
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
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Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America Paperback – January 9, 2018
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About the Author
Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, a consulting firm that helps businesses, non-profits, foundations, and Christian organizations at the intersection of faith, politics, and culture. Wear directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign and was one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history, leading evangelical outreach and helping manage the White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts. He holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, and serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services. He lives with his wife, Melissa, in Washington, DC.
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Whether or not you agree with Wear on every ideological jot and tittle, this is one of the most thoughtful explorations of civic engagement I've read.
Wear artfully leans on his fascinating experiences as one of the President's top faith advisors without the usual self-aggrandizement or ego found in White House tell-alls, offering instead a wealth of wisdom and an insider's perspective that offer a path forward in a contentious and often ugly political environment.
Wear's keen analysis, and his vision for the future of faith and politics in America, is refreshing and practical, but it is not easy. A future defined by cooperation and goodwill may seem idealistic in an age defined by widening chasms, but that's precisely why "Reclaiming Hope" is so necessary.
Wear has managed to leave cynicism behind, while maintaining a clear-headed, optimistic vision for navigating the wreckage of a culture gone mad. Wear accomplishes this feat so neatly primarily because he understands that a renewal of hope requires a reframing of our priorities, and that hope comes from a source outside even our most powerful institutions.
In short, this is a book well-suited for its' time. Wear has managed to, despite all odds, convey refreshing optimism and impress the critical duty each of us has to commit ourselves to the good of our cities, states, nation, and world.
You will be better for having read this book, and so will your neighbors.
Mr. Wear makes it clear that we are called to be engaged in the political process even with all of its disappointments and trials. What he also makes clear is that placing our hope in political parties, candidates, and platforms is misguided. We are called to live as exiles in the land Jeremiah 29:5-9. Christian, place your hope in the only One who can save. I highly recommend this book.
I enjoyed seeing how his faith influenced his politics, but wasn’t intertwined with it. His faith wasn’t dependent on pushing the right initiatives forward. Most importantly, he modeled how one can have strong, Christian values, yet still work alongside those who don’t share those same beliefs on every level. That’s what stood out the most to me. While I’m still figuring out where I am on the spectrum (it’s just easier to say you’re in the middle) this book will serve as a guide in my continued search.
If you’re looking for a positive, hope-filled approach to our current political system, I encourage you to give this book a read. We need more people who share Michael’s perspective in our political process- from the local levels all the way to Washington. Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America