Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book Review: Raised Right by Alisa Harris

In Raised Right: Untangling My Faith from Politics author Alisa Harris shares with us the journey she took from a strict evangelical family who believed active GOP participation equals godliness to a journalist who comfortably fellowships in a Bible Study with someone who worked on Hilary Clinton's campaign for senator.

Harris draws readers in immediately with a story of stuffing the ballot box for the GOP as a child, cheerfully convinced she was doing God's will.  Raised by a family who taught her that with political activism (in favor of conservative Republicanism at all times, of course) one could usher in the kingdom on earth, Harris's world was shaken as she grew up and became aware of Christians who seemed to seek God... and yet were moderate or liberal in their political leanings. At first, she fled them, but in time began to open her eyes to political issues other than abortion and gay marriage. Through experiences like following a ministry that serves dinner to homeless immigrants, Harris finds her heart changing. Maybe the way we vote is more complicated than she thought... maybe heaven on earth will never be achieved through human government.

This book is not an attack of how Harris was raised (throughout she affirms her parents) or anti-Republican.  It is neither pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage. This book is also not expressive of the opinions of a large group of people, though I do think Harris speaks for more than just herself.  This wasn't the best book I ever read, but Harris is a talented author.

What this book can be called is an honest and accurate portrayal of one of many experiences in the current twenty-something generation.  My own background is quite different from Harris, but I find myself relating to how she realizes our Christian faith goes way beyond politics. I also found the story of her life fascinating! I enjoyed the read and would encourage any Christian who genuinely seeks to love people who are different from themselves to read it, because whether you disagree or agree with Harris, you come to understand her.

I was given this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for my unbiased review.

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