Books on religion and politics

Oxford University Press is touting three books that address issues related to religion and politics: Faith in the Halls of Power, Religion in the Oval Office and Washington Post bestseller The Locust Effect, which is now in paperback.

Faith in the Halls of Power

Faith in the Halls of Power by D. Michael Lindsay shows how American evangelicals are bringing their vision of moral leadership into the public square.

Lindsay informs readers about who the real evangelical power brokers are, how they rose to prominence, and what they're doing with their clout.

The book is packed with personal stories and insights, drawing on interviews with an array of prominent Americans including two former Presidents, dozens of political and government leaders, more than 100 top business executives, plus Hollywood moguls, intellectuals, athletes, and other powerful figures.

For example, Lindsay describes how Fortune 500 companies are becoming faith-friendly, and how the new generation of the faithful is led by "cosmopolitan evangelicals." These are well-educated men and women who read both The New York Times and Christianity Today, according to the author.

Llindsay tells who the real evangelical power brokers are, how they rose to prominence, and what they're to bring Christian principles to bear on virtually every aspect of American life.

Lindsay is president of Gordon College. He has written two books, both with George Gallup Jr. He has received several awards for his writing, teaching, and speaking, and writes a regular column for Rev!magazine.

Retail price of Faith in the Halls of Power is $16.95.

The Locust Effect

The Locust Effect

Washington Post bestseller The Locust Effect describes how the plague of everyday violence is undermining the fight against global poverty. Authors Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros set forth the case for why the end of poverty also requires the end of violence.

The Locust Effect combines personal stories from the case files of International Justice Mission (IJM) with a decade of scholarly research and data to set the stage for the next great paradigm shift in fighting poverty: the struggle to make poor people safe from violence, such as rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality that the authors contend has become routine and relentless.

Gary Haugen is founder and president of IJM, a global human-rights agency that protects the poor from violence. Haugen directed the U.N. investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, and has been recognized by the U.S. State Dept. as a Trafficking in Persons "Hero," the U.S. government's highest honor for anti-slavery leadership.

Victor Boutros is a federal prosecutor who investigates and tries nationally significant cases of police misconduct, hate crimes, and international human trafficking around the country on behalf of the U.S. Dept. of Justice. He is also a member of the Justice Dept.’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.

Haugen and Boutros assert the root of the problem lies in that nothing is shielding the poor from violent people. The authors offer an account of how the situation escalated, and what it will take to end it.

Filled with real-life stories and new data, The Locust Effect is a journey into the streets and slums where fear is a daily reality for billions of the world's poorest ,where safety is secured only for those with money, and where much well-intended aid is lost in the daily chaos of violence.

The Locust Effect is a wake-up call: Its massive implications will forever change the way we understand global poverty and will help secure a safe path to prosperity for the global poor in the 21st century. The paperback is available at a retail price of $18.95.

Religion in the Oval Office

Religion in the Oval Office

Religion in the Oval Office is by historian Gary Scott Smith, author of the highly praised Faith & the Presidency. Smith casts light on the role religion has played in presidential politics throughout the U.S.’s history, offering comprehensive examination of its role in the lives, politics and policies of 11 presidents: John Adams, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William McKinley, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Smith draws on a wide range of sources, pays close attention to historical context and America's shifting social and moral values. He examines their religious beliefs, commitments, affiliations, and practices and scrutinizes their relationships with religious leaders and communities.

Smith is Chair of the History Dept. at Grove City College. He is author of numerous books on history and religion.

From John Quincy Adams' treatment of Native Americans, to Harry Truman's decision to recognize Israel, to Bill Clinton's promotion of religious liberty and welfare reform, to Barack Obama's policies on poverty and gay rights, Smith shows how strongly the president’s religious commitments have affected policy from the earliest days of the United States to the present.

Together with Faith & the Presidency, Smith provides what may be the most comprehensive examination of the inseparable and intriguing relationship between faith and the American presidency.

Religion in the Oval Office will be available in March at a retail price of $34.95.

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