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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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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.
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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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.
Received Galley from NetGalley.com
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Hopeless with computers
Since only 3 (by a quick look) of the 28 reviews are from verified purchasers then my review is likely as substantive as any of the other knee-jerk critiques. I love it! Read morePublished 19 months ago by William B
I give this book two stars only because it clearly outlines the fanatical and unfortunate marriage of the Tea Party and Evangelicals to create a dangerous menace to our society. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Art
I could understand a deep interior relationship between the evangelicals and the tea party movement. The Teavangelicals is really appropriate name of the relationship.Published on November 16, 2013 by Hitoshi Ochiai
I most appreciate and benefited from The Teavanglicals book by Mr. Brody. As a "Biblican" living in the Bible Belt Boondocks, it was great to learn the real who, what, when, where... Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Joe Lanier
I was disappointed by this "book". It would seem that the possible mating of the Tea Party and the Christian Evangelicals would be something interesting, but it really isn't. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Frederick S. Goethel
The Teavangelicals: The Inside Story of How the Evangelicals and the Tea Party are Taking Back America
By David Brody, Chief Political... Read more
If you have any doubts as to who is the power controlling the political juggernaut known as the Tea Party, David Brody will quickly settle any that you still might have. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by D. Campbell