Tuesday, February 05, 2008

"Healing for a Broken World"

I've just seen the first copies of Steve Monsma's new book. It's impressive for the blurbs along--not too many books could pull together such a diverse group of Christian thinkers!

Here is the back cover:

“Steve Monsma avoids the modern-day tendency to believe that the kingdom of God will arrive on Air Force One. Instead he offers a balanced perspective on how Christians should engage in the political process. His solid biblical grounding, as well as his concrete applications of Christian principles to public policy, provides wise guidance.”
—Charles W. Colson, Prison Fellowship

“Urgent, compelling, readable. An important book on a crucial topic. Monsma’s entire life—as a successful politician and a gifted professor of political science—has prepared him to write this clear, compelling book. Every Christian with any interest in politics should read it.”
—Ronald J. Sider, Evangelicals for Social Action

“If you need to know in advance whether the author is a conservative or a liberal, you may not like Monsma’s approach. He asks you to set aside such simplistic labels and ask instead what the Bible says about each of a dozen key public policy issues. And then if you disagree with some of his personal conclusions—just as he expects you to—you will appreciate his candor and honesty.” —Joel Belz, Founder, World Magazine

“An important introduction to issues arising at the intersection of faith and politics, written from a disciplined kuyperian/Calvinist theoretical stance and resulting in a nuanced centrist-evangelical perspective. This book is reader-friendly, biblical, holistic, and wise.” —David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University

“Monsma is one of the most important scholars writing on church-state issues today. This latest contribution is perhaps his finest work. It brings together his wide-ranging knowledge of the history of politics and jurisprudence with a theological seriousness that is often lacking in church-state scholarship.” —Francis J. Beckwith, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University

A DVD featuring a 7–10 minute introduction to each chapter of this book is available from Crossway at www.crossway.org or from the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at www.calvin.edu/henry. It is ideal for use in classes and discussion groups.

Steve Monsma is a senior research fellow at the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College and professor emeritus of political science at Pepperdine University. He has published widely in the fields of church-state relations and faith-based nonprofit organizations.