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Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,965 Ratings  ·  233 Reviews
President Jimmy Carter offers a passionate defense of separation of church and state. He warns that fundamentalists are deliberately blurring the lines between politics and religion.

As a believing Christian, Carter takes on issues that are under fierce debate -- women's rights, terrorism, homosexuality, civil liberties, abortion, the death penalty, science and religion,
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2005)
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Jason Koivu
Jan 17, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it liked it
Makes me wish Carter had been given a second term. Perhaps the '80s wouldn't have been so disgusting.

Our Endangered Values is mostly a rant against fundamentalism. This is interesting considering Carter's well-publicized, strong religious faith. I must admit that was a bit of a problem for me reading-wise. I'm not a believer (unless we're talking about daydream believers!) so I tend to tune out when people start talking about their religious beliefs. However, I slogged through and was rewarded w
Aug 30, 2007 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Jimmy Carter is an amazing humanitarian and I respected him already for his humanitarian efforts. I really liked how he explained why Christian's should value the separation of church and state. It's great to see a Christian politician not be an extremist. Towards the end of the book, it became a bit depressing as it feels like our country and our leaders are moving farther and farther away from what our forefathers intended towards a position that will not be good for our country and our childr ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Jackie rated it really liked it
I like Jimmy Carter. Even more now.

I especially was interested in President Carter's discussions about fundamentalism, in religion and in politics. He defines fundamentalism in a way I'd not through of it before, but seemed dead on to me. He says that fundamentalism is the idea that we're right, and chosen and everyone else is wrong and therefor un-chosen and therefore disposable. Also that it gives power to leaders instead of to people, which leads to abuses of power. These are exactly the qual
Dec 10, 2008 Sue rated it it was amazing
This is the first Jimmy Carter book I have read. To read it while GW Bush was President made it all the more powerful. Carter writes with respect never pointing fingers directly at Bush, but he does an excellent job of explaining just how diplomacy became extinct in the White House. He gives a good history lesson on how the US was working well with other countries and beginning to make some headway in some very tough issues with N. Korea and Iran until 2000.

I will read more books by Jimmy Carter
Oct 18, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
Goes right to the heart of what is wrong with American and Fundamental politics, their lost vision, their Bible without Jesus outlook. This is a must read book for all Americans written by a man who has followed Jesus even when it leads to splits with his own church. Here is a book that will relight the path we should be on as a great nation that has lost its way.
Mary Harley
Apr 26, 2009 Mary Harley rated it it was amazing
This book just came out in 11/05 and at the time was very up-to-date with current events, like Katrina, the Terri Schaivo case, the war in Iraq, and decisions made by this administration.

The book covers every moral topic from pre-emptive war to abortion and the death penalty, to the environment to our relationship with other countries and how we are eroding away our own respect with our own choices. It spent a lot of time talking about how prisons are just so huge now and that they are used as w
Chadwick Saxelid
Nov 23, 2014 Chadwick Saxelid rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Former President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter attempts to examine and explain the cause of the moral rot that has undermined this once great nation.

Shit is fucked up, there is no other way to put it. How did we get here and how the hell do we get out of this deep shit we're in? In Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis Jimmy Carter does an admirable job of not only avoiding such crass language as I have just used but also of explaining how we got here and
Sep 26, 2007 Libertine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many Americans, former president Jimmy Carter is dismayed by the sharp right turn our government has taken in recent years, which has been largely fueled by the influence of the fundamentalist religious right.

Carter critically addresses the blurring of the lines between separation of church and state and covers such issues as preemptive war, women's rights, terrorism, civil liberties, homosexuality, the death penalty, abortion, science and religion, the environment, nuclear weapons, America
John Wood
Jun 22, 2013 John Wood rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who gives a damn
Shelves: favorites
Former president Carter is often characterized as a devout Christian peanut farmer. While that is accurate he is much more than that. This book reveals that he is also a career Navy man and a nuclear physicist and of course, former POTUS who has a unique and invaluable perspective of world affairs as well as Christian beliefs. Although many may expect a narrow minded, Christian-centric diatribe against people who don't share his beliefs this book is a well thought out study of the endangered val ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Ericka rated it liked it
A bit too Jesus-y for me, but that's sort of the point. This is about morals from a religious standpoint since Carter is a "man of faith," but he is not a conservative man & he believes in a true separation of church & state. He believes that fundamentalism in government has been detrimental to the health of our nation. My dad wanted me to read this book, which I admit made me a little panicky (is he finding Jesus all of a sudden?? I was raised with a complete lack of religion or spiritu ...more
Jul 15, 2008 Dave rated it liked it
Jimmy Carter is a respectable guy, strong in his faith and convictions. You can tell that he really cares for the poor and less fortunate, has a desire for truth, justice, etc.

I found myself agreeing with about 95% of Carter's statements on the problems we face as a country today. I agree with his blame on the neo-conservative Republicans for misleading right-wing Americans. They've worked the masses of the "moral majority" into a fit over things like gay marriage...while nobody in that same gro
Jun 30, 2009 Helynne rated it it was amazing
Former President Jimmy Carter may not have been elected for a second term in 1980--instead, we got eight years of Ronald Reagan (Lucky America)--but he certainly has shown himself as a man of wisdom and integrity in his post-presidential years. I loved every chapter in Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis, because they all make a gentle, but impassioned plea, for greater integrity and more profound values in our individual lives, and especially in our government. I was appalled at Cart ...more
Ron Rordam
Mar 23, 2014 Ron Rordam rated it liked it
An interesting, dated, look at recent events from Jimmy Carter's perspective. But, also, a good look into his morals. I need to read more by him because of the progressive Christian perspective.

Feb 29, 2016 Sandie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Only read parts of the book. Appreciated the chapters on The Rise of Religious Fundamentalism and also "Sins of Divorce and Homosexuality".
One quote I really liked from "Rise of Religious Fundamentalism" (p. 30): There is a remarkable trend toward fundamentalism in all religions - including the different denomination of Christianity as well as Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. Increasingly, true believers are inclined to begin a process of deciding: 'Since I am aligned with God, I am superior and my
Feb 21, 2008 Jenlinmin rated it really liked it
Great man! Great insight! Great book!
Jan 23, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Though I don't believe everything Jimmy Carter does, it is amazing how similar our proposed compromises are. Everything he'd like to see accomplished, he makes gentle, world protecting, people protecting proposes for. I agree with all of his proposals... They won't accomplish perfection, but they would go a long way to improving things.

Overall, he approaches world problems with the Christian values of peace, love, and charity. Though he does not question the Christianity of those who don't (he
Feb 10, 2009 Elisabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jimmy Carter is great at clearly and concisely describing the direction the leadership of our country has taken in the past 8 years, and the ramifications of such direction. He sums up his points in a very no-nonsense manner, with an authority that doesn't allow for much argument. And lest one get the initial impression that he spends the entire work slamming the Republican party, forget it. While much of his ire is directed at the extreme right wing, the Democratic party does not entirely escap ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Joe rated it really liked it
In this book Jimmy Carter covers a wide range of topics, giving his analyses and speaking his concerns from the intersection of his religious faith experience and his experience as U.S. President. Probably the most alarming to me are (1) the rise of religious fundamentalism and the entwining of church and state pushed by some religious fundamentalists, and (2) the tragic redirection of U.S. policy by the George W. Bush administration--economic policies that favor the richest Americans, foot-drag ...more
May 14, 2012 Aaron rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
This is an excellent account on the values America has shared and fought for during most of Her history, but which have heavily degraded during the President "W" Bush years. Living through that period, I was young and didn't understand the repercussions of what we were doing or the horribleness of it. For several years, I've started realizing this degradation in our country's values, and this book helps me realize some of the specific reasons why. Though written in 2005, this book is still very ...more
Nov 24, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rachel by: Dad
You can disagree with Jimmy Carter politically, but it's impossible not to respect the man for being so damn forthright. I love that this book doesn't pretend to be anything it's not: It's not an academic text, it doesn't really tell me anything that I didn't already know, but it is the personal and religious take from one of our nation's more productive and level-headed presidents on how the U.S. has defied its moral and constitutional responsibilities to its citizens and to the rest of the wor ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Adam rated it really liked it
I had no strong opinions of Carter going in. I thought of him as a likeable, good-hearted leader who presided over a nation in a troubled time. (I'm only 30, so he's one president before my time). This book is a plea for Americans to avoid fundamentalism. While we fight it abroad with Islamist regimes, Christian fundamentalists here make America rigid and inflexible in the eyes of the global community.

I also admire Carter's humility. Many such memoirs serve as apologies or justifications for one
Feb 23, 2016 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
The review below is from my blog:

Jimmy Carter, Our Endangered Values: Americaâs Moral Crisis (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005).

A friend lent me this book and Iâm grateful. Over the years my views of Jimmy Carter have softened. When he was President, he seemed to me to be totally overwhelmed and clueless. I now know that wasnât always the case, but Carter is famous for his micromanagement techniques that just donât work when youâre the man in charge of an entire nation. I didnât vote for hi
Mr. Carter was a mediocre President but was and remains an outstanding person of faith. His writing has also improved significantly as earlier works I have tried to read were just bad. Our Endangered Values has some great material and some that is whackadoodle bad.

The best portions explain his foundational principles and the religious upbringing that formed them. Quoting book and verse from many sections of the Bible, he presents his positions on faith issues with reason and understanding, defen
Aug 05, 2012 Thom rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book covers a few too many points; the message would have been stronger if more focused. I learned a lot about Baptists, and strongly agree with most of the sentiments here. What would have made this book better is "how do we get there from here", which worked very well in "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid".
Mike  Davis
Jimmy Carter is one of the finest, most honest politicians and presidents the U.S. has elected, as well as being one of the most intelligent, religious and well educated, and his insights, evaluations, warnings and frustrations are all laid bare here.

One of the things that struck me is the continued timeliness of the book despite having been published in 2005. His analysis of the Middle East situation is "spot-on" and his concerns for the long term thoughtlessness and selfishness of U.S. politic
Andy Lucas
Aug 07, 2016 Andy Lucas rated it really liked it
Rereading this after a few years. This is a great book. The audiobook is read by the author! (Cue Georgia drawl)

Really though, this book is a really well written book by someone who truly earned the Nobel Peace Prize. He lays out the groundwork for his views on important issues of today two ways: he discusses his viewpoint thoroughly validated through a Biblical standpoint (and not just a verse or two, he really backs up his point), and then rationally/logically validates his points.
Really a gr
Feb 22, 2008 Ben rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: conservative Democrats
I started reading this book two years ago and only got halfway through before getting annoyed with it. After reading it all the way through I can't say that it still doesn't annoy me, but I did appreciate Carter's points of view a little more this time. Carter raises some very salient issues about the poitical, religious, and social climate in the U.S. If the book had been solely about that I would have loved it, but Carter sometimes comes across as hypocritical and condescending on these issues ...more
Jul 15, 2008 Beth rated it liked it
Recommended to Beth by: Kathy H
Next Book Group selection; I'm not finished with it yet. I appreciate this book by Jimmy Carter, particularly how he explains his Christian faith and how it differs from the dangerous trend toward fundamentalism in politics. I'll say that I agree with much of what he says and find a lot of it chilling. My book group talks about politics a lot and I think this book will inspire some great conversation.

I gave it just three stars because this book does not satisfy my hunger for literature. I suspe
Jan 26, 2010 Stephen rated it liked it
At highwayscribery we like to say Jimmy Carter is the best mistake America ever made.

His book "Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis" is something of a radical tract done in a civil way. The treatise, a searing indictment of the Bush administration, provides left-wing viewpoint with the "cover" of Carter's being a good Christian. He prays, but he still thinks things stink (stunk); much the way the guy with dreadlocks and drum in the street has been saying for, oh, ever now.

Not everybody
May 27, 2013 Raymondg rated it really liked it
Our Endangered Values tackles some of the most controversial issues in our country right now, including abortion, homosexuality, terrorism, and the death penalties. A faithful Christian, Carter voices his opinions on these issues and dares to question whether we are still defending the national values of our founding fathers, or if now we are just doing it for personal gain. I really enjoyed his take on the issues of debate in our country right now, and his passionate arguments make this a must- ...more
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James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981, and the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Prior to becoming president, Carter served two terms in the Georgia Senate and as the 76th Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975.

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