The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire by Matt Taibbi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow. A VERY candid look at our political process, Evangelical Christianity and fringe groups like the 9/11 Truthers through the eyes of Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi.
This volume is definitely NSFC (not safe for Church) as it is riddled with profanity and also ridicules the John Hagee ministry and how "conversions" happen. Taibbi goes undercover in the Church and experiences what happens when a new convert joins the Church. While Hagee's ministry is not entirely representative of Evangelical Christianity, there is more common than not with most Churches today.
The view of the bi-partisan congress we have and the political process that happens is disheartening and one I knew was there, but Taibbi shows the underbelly. Ugh. While Taibbi is a firm liberal, he pulls no punches on either party as to the collective corruption in both and all of Washington.
I would have like to seen some answers, but understand as a reporter, answers are not part of the deal. So this book leaves you a bit up in the air as to what to do. I know I've felt that way anyway for some time, so perhaps this book wasn't all that helpful, but I am determined to find a path that won't have me voting for the person who will cause the least harm. I've also been in the process of deprogramming 50 years of Evangelical brainwashing over the last few years, so the look at the Church was not shocking to me. He shares some poignant moments though that show why belonging to a Church is valuable beyond the doctrine and dogmatism that have taken over what faith was meant to be.
Read this one at your own risk. I recommend it, but only to those who can handle the language and the harsh look at the topics.
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