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World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life

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What would our common life be like if Christians were known not only for speaking truth, but also for demonstrating mercy? Marvin Olasky, best-selling author and editor in chief of World Magazine describes this kind of salty Christianity in a far-ranging collection of columns from World. As Dr. Olasky comments on world events and also shares his personal interactions, read ...more
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Published November 6th 2017 by New Growth Press
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Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
World View is a very unique book. It's a collection of columns that Marvin Olasky has written for World Magazine. I have never read World Magazine, so I went into this book blind and not sure what to expect.

I really enjoyed this thoughtful collection of essays. It's an easy book to pick up and read a chapter and then put it down and pick it up again at a later time. This is the type of book you want to chew on for awhile while reading it. I appreciated that the articles ranged from 1998-2016 bec
Carole Jarvis
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

From the dream factories of Hollywood to the misery factories of the poverty-industrial complex, the wood is rotten, but we only seem able to smooth some rough edges.

World View is an impressive book, a collection of fifty-eight columns from World Magazine that not only offered encouragement, but made look at a lot of things differently. Marvin Olasky is an excellent communicator and while the chapters are easy to read, they are deep and though
Theron StJohn
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall good, with exception of tone and structure in only a few places. Still, the book provides a prescription to view current events and culture in America and abroad through a biblical lens.

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Lydia Howe
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Why I Choose this Book:

I'm trying to expand my own worldview - learning more about what's happening around me in the world today, as well as studying the recent past and learning from it. (As opposed to just focusing on the distant past.) Plus, our family has subscribed to World for a long time, so to read a book composed of World articles sounded interesting. 

What I Thought about this Book:

Folks, this book is not one to sit down and read quickly. Most of the time I read the books I get for revi
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life is a collection of columns which Marvin Olasky, as the Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine, wrote for the magazine. He presents Christian/ Biblical worldview on a wide variety of current world events and topics such as government role, abortion, racism, immigration, welfare, education, economics, environmentalism, tax, movies, marriage, and more. The book is divided into 5 main sections: Basics, Changes, Institutions, Causes, and Conclusions. ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
In all my years of reading, granted that is only been the last three decades, there have only been a few works which are produced contrary to the modern writing style. By this I mean a writing style in which each chapter builds upon the previous one, even in cases which a work is broken into various sections, and in the case that each of the sections, even ones dealing with radically different topics, still for the most part of cohesive overarching theme of the book. There must be some unity or ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an avid reader of World, I instantly recognized Marvin Olasky's name. I have long enjoyed his balanced and thoughtful columns and articles in World. This book brings together a collection of Mr. Olasky's columns from the past few decades, and it just goes to show that nothing is new under the sun in the midst of huge changes. It's amazing that an article written in 1995 is just as relevant as one written a few months ago, or even last year.

Each article is crafted to make the reader to think
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
The columns, dating from 1997-2016, are loosely arranged into broad subjects. They originally appeared in World Magazine. Olasky contemplates what an ideal Christian protest should look like. He suggests how we might present our case, following the example of Paul reasoning in Greece. Other topics include abortion, the constitution, transgender, immigration, movie reviews, how to think through issues, and many more. Some of these essays go back twenty years and seemed dated to me. Some of the co ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I read the email offering this book for review, I just skimmed it. I didn't realize until I started reading it that is comprised of columns the author wrote for World Magazine. That is not a complaint. I actually enjoy books that have short sections/chapters, as they are great to pick up and read a page or two and set the book aside to do other things. And these columns cover a lot of different topics, all written in an interesting fashion that one wants to ponder on and not just skim.

Becky Miller
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
A compilation of columns from Marvin Olasky’s World magazine, World View is a slightly bumpy ride, but overall a great source from a Christian perspective on much of today’s culture.

Readers accustomed to novels may find the numerous stops and starts of the collection slightly unorthodox, but the topics discussed within its pages make the book worth pushing through any discomfort.

Olasky tackles topics from racism to immigration to politics and the environment. Each column discusses sensitive iss
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This was refreshing writing book and compelling to read with that also had an engage and offering shape of the story with the new event and compare with the situation and the culture in our community as a same as we all have to living on in today’s world. This book had a well researching with all the passion to all the Christian had to facing to that will finding a resolved of how to understand and be a part of living each day. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received ...more
Julie D.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have always enjoyed Mr. Olasky's articles in World Magazine. He has insightful ideas and looks at everything through a Biblical lens.

This book is actually a compilation of articles he wrote between the years 1997 - 2016. I found it very interesting to see what he was writing about in these years. Some things are very different and yet some things never change.

Because this book is short "chapters" of articles, it's very easy to read a couple or read a lot. I enjoyed his writing style and the fa
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've followed Olasky off and on over the years, as my parents subscribe to WORLD magazine. So I jumped at the chance to review his new book. I appreciated having his works collated into one location; it was fascinating reading several from ~20 years ago through the lens of today. The read lent new insight into hindsight being 20/20, and I found Olasky's work to be eerily prescient.

As a collection of articles, the reader can certainly -- not cherrypick, but read an article or two or five at a go,
Tina at Mommynificent
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book when I agreed to read an ARC from Litfuse Publicity Group, especially since I don’t really read a lot of non-fiction. But I’m really glad I read it. Over the past couple years, I have become pretty discouraged reading what Christians have to say about politics online as everything seems so one-sided and completely ignores the concerns and perspective of any other side. This book was a breath of fresh air in that respect. While I didn’t agree wit ...more
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