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We are in a world-wide crisis that encompasses every sphere of our lives. There is an economic, moral, religious and intellectual decline that threatens to bring down our respective countries. We are deep within a dark tunnel, the train is heading straight at us, and it may be too late to escape to the light.
But we have to try.
Some time ago as I was sending out notes of thanks to readers who had sent me things from my amazon.com wishlist I mentioned a book I received entitled Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family And Freedom Before It’s Too Late by James Robison and Jay W. Richards. It was originally published by FaithWords. The authors propose some strategies to help us avert the looming disaster. I found the authors to be sincere and creative, insightful and faithful in their Christian faith. The book is thus doubly compelling.
To my surprise I received a hardback copy of the same book from the Catholic publisher Ignatius Press. At the top of the dust cover in a dark stripe I read with surprise: IGNATIUS PRESS EDITION. There is a forward by Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ.
Fr. Fessio describes the reason for the coordinated publication of this book by Ignatius Press and FaithWords. He says,
If you agree that we are in a crisis, then you’ll understand why this book is so important.
It is important because in a democratic republic, only an informed and principled citizenry can respond adequately to a crisis.
It is important because committed Christians, with their reason informed and enlightened by faith, with their common motivation (“Love your neighbor as yourself.”) and their firm foundation (I am the Truth….And the truth shall set you free.) need to stand together-and act together-in this time of crisis.
It is important because this book enumerates and explains the fundamental principles which we must understand and accept if we are going to make decisions and undertake actions that will lead to the restoration of cultural and economic sanity in this country.
It is important because it is a concrete example-that needs to be set on a lampstand-of how Catholics and Evangelicals can and must work together at this critical moment in our country’s history.
This is why Ignatius Press is proud to join forces with FaithWords so that together we can reach the widest possible audience of Christians and men and women of good will with a book that we devoutly hope will become a rallying point, a catalyst for a concerned effort to reverse a cultural and economic decline which, if not arrested, can only lead to catastrophic consequences for the land we love.
This is an outstanding book and, taking up Fr. Fessio’s call, I warmly recommend it.
There are going to be elements and proposals that may leave us Catholics scratching our heads or with which we may disagree. There are many ways to approach social problems that are within the parameters of reason and of sound faith and morals. We can disagree about how to solve the problems economic, social, cultural and even ecclesial crises we face, but the hard fact is we had better start working on them now, before it is too late.
At the beginning of the book’s introduction the authors have this quote:
Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it. – C.S. Lewis
If I can’t get all of you to order Indivisible and read it, and maybe even give it as gifts to family and friends, hopefully I can get all the men to order it and read it. Indivisible could also be a good parish reading group selection.