Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: World View

World View
By Marvin Olasky
New Growth Press, 2017


How could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy?

What would our lives be like if we reacted to our common culture with not just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion?

For more than 25 years, Marvin Olasky has offered this kind of viewpoint in his columns as the Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine, the leading news magazine written with a Christian perspective. In this collection of far-ranging columns, Olasky's commentary on world events and affairs, as well as his own personal interactions, encourages readers to respond with both grace and truth in every encounter.

A leading voice for standing for biblical truth in the public square, Olasky also believes Christians should incorporate the biblical virtues of humility, kindness, and mercy in all of life. His call for biblical values to include both truth and mercy makes his voice stand out in a world that often falsely divides those goals and settles for a poor imitation of the robust Christianity described in Scripture. These short and punchy columns offer readers a new way to consider challenges in today's world and shows them how to respond to any encounter biblically, but not hysterically, providing a wake-up call for the complacent, while also calming the frantic.

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My thoughts

From the dream factories of Hollywood to the misery factories
of the poverty-industrial complex, the wood is rotten,
but we only seem able to smooth some rough edges.

World View is an impressive book, a collection of fifty-eight columns from World Magazine that not only offered encouragement, but made look at a lot of things differently. Marvin Olasky is an excellent communicator and while the chapters are easy to read, they are deep and thought-provoking, making me eager to go back and digest each one slowly.

The columns are compiled over the years between 1997 and 2016, and while a lot has changed over that time, his thoughts are extremely relevant for today. I used to watch the news every evening, but have become so frustrated and discouraged over the way people on every side act that I don’t tune in very often now. What Olasky does so effectively is bring culture, politics, current events, and spirituality together and look at them from a biblical perspective. Just about every issue you can think of is addressed in some way – welfare, education, marriage, abortion, immigration.

Olasky is a man of faith and I think every Christian would find this book very beneficial, whether interested in politics or not. As I was reading, I couldn’t help but think of the Charles Sheldon classic, In His Steps, because Olasky’s writing made me focus on how Jesus would minister and teach in today’s cultural/political environment.

Highly recommended.

I was provided a copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of "World News Group," a distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and the author of more than twenty books, including "Compassionate Conservatism" and "The Tragedy of American Compassion." He and his wife, Susan, have four sons and five grandchildren.

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1 comment:

  1. Yes, we must not be hearers only, but doers of the Word of God.