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Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis

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In Our Endangered Values, Jimmy Carter describes quite personally his own involvement and reactions to some disturbing societal trends that have taken place during the past few years. These changes involve both the religious and the political worlds as they have increasingly become intertwined, and include some of the most crucial and controversial issues of the day - freq ...more
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Published November 1st 2005 by Simon Schuster (first published 2005)
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Jason Koivu
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 26, 2007 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 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who gives a damn
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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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great man! Great insight! Great book!
Christopher Madsen
I hope you live forever Mr. Carter.
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Joe Henry
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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".
Mary Lou
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many people have been lamenting the eroding of America’s moral values in the 21st century. Jimmy Carter’s book, Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis, addresses that concern, but also addresses the erosion of our democratic values in the United States—“preserving peace for ourselves and others, promoting economic and social justice, raising high the banner of freedom and human rights, protecting the quality of our environment, alleviating human suffering, enhancing the rule of la
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the time to it took me to finish reading this book shows, it was difficult to read through. Just because it was sooooo depressing to read all the things that are going down the tubes in this country and the fact that things were going down the tube at the time Carter wrote this book.

But I am glad that I finished the book. In terms of simple readability, it is really easy to read. Important data and examples were concisely put together to make his points. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written in 2005, so it's a little out of date, but worth reading. Carter points out how our government is drifting away from it's traditional values. For example, the separation between church and state is eroding, support for human rights has gone by the wayside, we've renounced treaties and adopted the policy of preemptive war, and we're evading almost all the nuclear arms control agreements of the past fifty years. Reading the chapter about homosexuality shows how much things ha ...more
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The review below is from my blog:

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

A friend lent me this book and I’m 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 wasn’t always the case, but Carter is famous for his micromanagement techniques that just don’t work when you’re the man in charge of an entire nation. I didn’t
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book and although it was written a few years ago, it's very timely read. Have a dictionary at hand. I thought I had a great vocabulary, but I definitely learned some new words!

I've always admired Jimmy Carter, and this book only increases my respect for him.
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good thought provoking book.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting plea for America.
Greg Stoll
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know why, but I wasn’t expecting too much out of this book (maybe because in my copy the pages weren’t cut correctly, which irritated me at first), but it blew me away. He talks about lots of things that have changed under this administration that he credits the rise of fundamentalism to, and although the list of things that have changed wasn’t terribly new (science vs. religion, separation of church and state, etc. – you can see the table of contents at amazon), he presents his case ver ...more
Jan 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good old Jimmy Carter. In this book, he discusses how he applies his devout Christianity to his political life, and more importantly, how he knows when to keep it private. The overall theme is how fundamentalists and an overwhelming fundamentalist philosophy have taken over and corrupted not only his religion, but his government. He argues that issues such as the blurring of the line between church and state, Roe v. Wade, civil liberties, gay rights, suspension of habeas corpus, and, of course, ...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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“I believe that anyone can be successful in life, regardless of natural talent or the environment within which we live. This is not based on measuring success by human competitiveness for wealth, possessions, influence, and fame, but adhering to God's standards of truth, justice, humility, service, compassion, forgiveness, and love.” 35 likes
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