‘A Faith Not Worth Fighting For’ May Be Worth Reviewing

In the past two weeks we’ve landed a sweet number of reviews for A Faith Not Worth Fighting For. So, I obviously have to share them with you.

No, seriously, I literally have to share them with you. My publicist told me so. And she plays mean when I don’t listen to her.

Think Judas Cradle’ mean.

"Recant, heretic! (And help us sell some of these crappy books.)"

“Recant, heretic! (And help us sell some of these crappy books.)”

Therefore, with fear and trepidation, I give you the reviews:

1) Kurt Williams’ review at The Pangea Blog.

2) Jonathan Fitzgerald’s review at Patrol Magazine.

3) David Swanson’s review at Signs of Life.

4) Ted Grimsrud’s review at Thinking Pacifism.

5) Chris Grataski’s review at Jesus Radicals.

6) JR Forasteros review at  JR Forasteros.com.

7) Tomy Airey’s review at Menno World (hey, it’s a small one after all!)

8) Zack Hunt’s review (and interview!) at American Jesus.

9) Craig Watt’s review at Disciples Peace Fellowship.

Now, this better start a ping-war.


Further Reading:
  • ryann

    very much looking forward to reading this

    • theamishjihadist

      Me too!

  • betterbegood

    I would kill for this book.

    • theamishjihadist


      Haven’t heard from you in awhile. How goes it?

      • betterbegood

        Great! Just finishing up The Purity Myth. Have you read anything from Will Campbell? I just got done with one of his books, he was a pleasant surprise for me.

        • theamishjihadist

          Ah . . . Brother to a Dragonfly. I need to write something about that book. Not sure what. Something good, though.

          • betterbegood

            Yeah, it definitely left me wanting to read more of his stuff. Random quotes from his books online have also got me hooked:

            “Early in my life I took a position against racial discrimination, joined Martin Luther King in the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, walked to school with the Little Rock Nine, and involved myself in the civil rights movement in various ways. In none of this did I think of myself as being on the Left. Others, in the Mississippi of my white rearing, did. The designation was theirs, not mine.

            When the Grand Dragon of the North Carolina Ku Klux Klan was indicted and tried for contempt of Congress, I helped raise money for his defense. I was with him the night the marshals came to take him away. I kept in touch with his family, visited him in Danbury prison. I should not have been surprised when some considered that a move to the far Right, even though I also visited others there for crimes of war resistance. I saw no inconsistency since neither Isaiah nor Jesus said anything about ideology. Prisoners are prisoners and it is our vocation to set them free.

            I harbored deserters and draft dodgers and took some of them to Canada during the Vietnam War. Was that of the Left or Right? To me it was neither. Though seen by most as politically left, again, someone else was drawing the boundaries.

            I have written, spoken, stood in vigils against the death penalty. Liberal? If others wish to categorize, they are free to do so.

            I see the fashion in which abortion is practiced as the greatest American shame since slavery. Does that mean I am in league with the Reagan-Bush syndrome and am now a right-wing Republican? God forbid! For I believe the economic policies of those administrations have resulted in far more abortions than their rhetoric or gestures have prevented.

            So what does it all mean? If these are not political acts, are not to be categorized by someone’s scheme as “Left” or “Right,” then what? Are we talking of anarchy when we suggest that Caesar’s, and society’s, nomenclature is irrelevant to us? Perhaps so. But let it be the Christian anarchy Vernard Eller and Jacques Ellul so ably describe, not the anarchy which simply becomes another political position to be campaigned for. In Christian anarchy there is no Left, Right, or Center. Christian anarchy has to do with grace and human freedom. And it is human freedom which seems to me to be the essential message of Jesus. Thus my seeming contradictions, in a life which has spanned almost 70 years, reflect an effort to survive as a human being, free of other archeies which inevitably define a channel in which its adherents must swim or be excluded, and which, by nature, are enslaving, for they claim ultimate allegiance.”

          • theamishjihadist

            Nice!! Just so you know, I’m hijacking this and it will be my next post (well, this one or a question I have in relation to Jesus’s notion that being a eunuch is better than getting married–we’ll see which runs first). Again, thanks for this quote. I’ll cite you!

  • Greg

    The review at Menno World is terrible. It sounds like it was written by an eighth grader. Granted, knowing your age is a very important part of the book . . . .

    • theamishjihadist

      Andy B. was like, “Why didn’t he include your shoe size? It would be just as relevant.” Haha, ah . . . that guy.