Friday, October 21, 2011

Raised Right book review

The reason I read this book was because the title intrigued me. So I selected my free copy from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for an honest review, so here it is.

The author, Alisa Harris, tells the story of her life, beginning with her childhood as a Conservative Christian Republican, to her gradual progression to a moderate-to-liberal journalist in New York City with a “Blondes for Obama” shirt on her back.

Quite frankly, I found this book hard to read and confusing. The title totally threw me off, because I did not get the impression that she even agreed with her upbringing, much less appreciated it, from all the sarcasm and sometimes mockery directed at the things taught to her or the position her parents took.

Was she saying she was raised right, just with a little too much of the wrong emphasis?
Or was she raised right and she turned out right, just different?
Or was she not raised right and had to discover the truth on her own?
Or was she not raised right and still doesn’t know what she believes?

As you can see, I’m not kidding when I say the book puzzled me.

And the subtitle didn’t help: “How I untangled my faith from politics”. I don’t think I completely understood her conclusion, but if it was that you can separate your faith from the rest of your life, I disagree. If she means it’s ok to personally think abortion is wrong but stand by and watch countless women kill their unborn baby, then I disagree. If she means Jesus is too loving to condemn anyone, even the homosexual, so you shouldn’t condemn them either, then I disagree.

Obviously I was disappointed with this book and wouldn‘t particularly recommend it.

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