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Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto for Ailing Nations

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In this landmark book endorsed by Chuck Colson, Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi surveys the Gospel's power to reform society. Lessons gleaned from the Bible come alive when viewed through the lens of his own experience. Rather than simply suggesting that politicians invest more money in aiding the oppressed, Mangalwadi delves into the ideological roots of social oppression. he sugge ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by YWAM Publishing
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May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
As I said when I finished the book entitled The Book That Changed Your World, Vishal is one of my new favorite authors. He writes well, communicates clearly and will make you think. The first 4 chapters are worth the price of this book. He is able to take what Francis Schaeffer was communicating about the bible being a book that helps us understand the whole world and put it in real world, practicle, easy to understand terms so that the believer can readily see that the Bible really is a book of ...more
Mano Chil
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One inspiring book to read. This man writes with the Spirit!
May 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
I almost gave this book 2 stars for its look at corruption in appendix 1. But then I remembered the rest of the book, so I didn't. The book promotes itself as an Eastern perspective on the West. It is not. Newbigin's work is more Eastern than this, and he was a Brit. Mangalwadi has swallowed Western culture wholeheartedly. He seems like a nice guy. I like where he ends up some of the time. But the way that he gets there is ridiculous often to the point of absurdity.

The logic runs something like
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
It was alright. Nothing much stood out to me beyond the first chapter with the comparing and contrasting the lives of Europe's monks to what the Middle Eastern monks did. That was interesting. But, after that, I can't say that anything stood out to me.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
The first couple chapters had some interesting, though not necessarily convincing, ideas about politics, culture, and religion, but overall this book has very little to say that is compelling or noteworthy.
Wilhelm Weber
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics
Tolle lege. This deserves a thorough review and not just a brief pointer. Definitely a worthwhile read and fascinating insight into the buildup of the western civilization in Europe and N.Americas from outside i.e. India, but also does away with any romanticism concerning the subcontinent and its rich heritage, asceticism, spirituality and religiosity pointing to the inherent flaws and deep set faultlines of the Hindu worldview. There is some re-telling of good stories from his "The book that ma ...more
Debbie Howell
Oct 11, 2010 rated it liked it
I had a hard time wading through the first half of the book, but ended up connecting with it more toward the end. I thought the author's insight into cultures of corruption was very good, and it was interesting to read about his experiences living among the poor in India and the cultural hindrances to developing new ways of making a living. I think the structure of the book could have been better--the appendices were quite lengthy, and the closing chapter was somewhat lacking. I think I would ha ...more
John Barbour
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book! It will transform you and change your perspective on the cross, the Holy Spirit, the church, the future, and your mission. Buy it and read it.

This book is a God send. What C.S. Lewis did for us in the 50s,and Francis Schaefer and Soltzenitsyn did for us in the 70s, and Ravi Zacharias did for us in the 90s, Mangalwadi is doing for us now. I am also listening to his CD series entitled "Must the Sun Set on the West?" Mangalwadi is an excellent antidote for all the New
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Vishal has a great angle on Western culture and society which is refreshing and authentic, as he clearly walks what he talks. His black and white, logical simplicity is engaging and very challenging, though i can't help feel that if he lived here for a while he would be infected by our grey cynicism...!

I find this book very challenging to my life as a disciple of Jesus. Most books on discipleship seem to stay within boundaries that i am comfortable/familiar with, so have the effect of encouragi
Dayo Adewoye
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! So much treasure in one volume. This book is a prophetic call to the nations to return to God's revelation in the Bible as the foundation for life and community. HE displays how the Bible has shaped American and Western culture (a central theme in the author's writings), how they are losing their hold on truth, morality and justice because they have abandoned this foundation, and how developing nations and societies need this foundation to truly flourish. It is a wake-up call to not only th ...more
C. Tilden
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
God desires more than souls; he desires nations. the premise is that if the eastern world, namely India, is to ever rise from its poverty, it must begin with the spiritual wealth of Christianity. it must begin with God's law and a biblical model of justice and compassion. an optimistic view of the course of history.
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I bought this book at the YWAM headquarters in Harpenden, England in 2010. I just now picked it up to read it and am loving it. Vishal is from India and so has a rather different perspective of the West. Living in Bolivia, I appreciate this. His insights are fresh and to the point, and Biblical. I can't wait to read more of him.
Lydia Hattrick
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians of all ages and walks of life
Recommended to Lydia by: Sonlight Curriculum
Shelves: bible, sonlight
This is one of the best Christian books I've read in a while; I especially like how the author is not American. It gives a refreshing point of view.

(Obviously not everyone will agree with all of Mangalwadi's opinions, but if read with an open mind, it can be very helpful. If you still don't agree with things he says, that's fine, too. Defend your own opinions.)
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible view of the United States from the perspective of an outsider. It clearly explains things like the cost of corruption and how our worldview affects the way we look at things like poverty and the value of human life. Easily readable style and definitely one I'd recommend!
Sasha (whispersofthesilentwind)
Truth and Transformation was a really good book! I liked seeing things through the eyes of a non-westerner, I thought it was really refreshing. The ideals in this book were real and truthful. They were easy to understand. Great book I liked it a lot.
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it
This man is far beyond me in his intellectual capacity! Very good book, and drew me to think about the worldviews and foundations of Western thought, and where we might be heading. Because if his intelligence, it took me a bit to get through it, but well worth it.
Maynor Agüero Obregón
Un excelente tema, expuesto de una manera magistral. Toda persona, con profunda convicción bíblica y amor por su nación, debe leerlo.
Michael Galdamez
Full Review to come.
Greg Blok
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Fantastic book. Well worth a read. Huge scope and wonderful analysis!
Dawn Roberts
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent analysis of how human nature corrupts society and the church without the intervention of the Holy Spirit, written by a brilliant Indian theologian.
Dennis Wales
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Just wow. What an insightful look at how truth can transform a culture and a person in particular.
May 17, 2010 is currently reading it
This book pulls no punches when describing how specifically Biblical truths have been the basis of flourishing society in the West.
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've read an appendix and the first three or four chapters, and it's turning out to be one of the best critiques of western culture that I have read.
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Broad concepts on what it means for God's Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. Thought provoking and challenging. The OBA 2010 summer reading book for teachers.
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Vishal Mangalwadi (1949-) is an international lecturer, social reformer, cultural and political columnist, and author of thirteen books. Born and raised in India, he studied philosophy at universities, in Hindu ashrams, and at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. In 1976 he turned down several job offers in the West to return to India where he and his wife, Ruth, founded a community to serve the rura ...more

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