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Tempting Faith by David Kuo
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Jan 01, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: political junkies, and anyone with strong opinions about the intersection of religion and politics
Read in November, 2007

Definitely the first book to recommend to hardcore social conservative relatives, this memoir is a intimate look at two 'insides' which can seem impenetrable to anyone in the outsider position - the policy-making chambers of the Bush White House, and the world of the organized religious right. A great look at the question - how did a Republican who spoke so relatively much about poverty as a candidate (i.e. 'compassionate conservatism') so utterly fail to turn that rhetoric into reality? And how did the press and some of the truly compassionate Christians let him get away with it?

You don't have to agree with everything Kuo says to find this fascinating - for instance, I find his complaints about anti-Christian bias in the mainstream media rather unconvincing. Kuo is very much not writing for a non-religious progressive audience - which makes the overlap of point of view with said audience all the more intriguing. Not to mention that he also manages to thoroughly discuss personal issues of faith without alienating the agnostic reader. Granted, he's no St. Augustine, but one can only imagine all the ways this could have gone wrong. By turns moving and infuriating (mostly intentionally so).

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