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.
Regular readers of World will want to have this 60-column collection for their own library, as well as an extra copy to share with friends.
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 World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life, Compassionate Conservatism, and The Tragedy of American Compassion. He and his wife, Susan, have four sons and five grandchildren.
"Marvin Olasky has been one of the leading biblically minded journalists in America for years. He has shaped World magazine's timely and trenchant critique of newsworthy events impacting the American stage of politics, culture and ethics. This selection of his classic articles gives insight, stirs action and prompts reflection as we as believers endeavor to engage our communities with a conscious and consistent Christian worldview."
Peter A. Lillback, President of Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
"Interesting, insightful, provocative, remarkably well-informed, and relentlessly biblical in approach, Marvin Olasky's columns are always worth reading, and this book is a rich treasure trove of them. His thoughtful Christian worldview fills this book with a wise analysis of dozens of current issues."
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary, Scottsdale, AZ
"Sorting out the urgent from the important is a tough task for everyone, but for Christian believers, it's also sorting out the holy from the hype. Rarely is any issue the issue, but it's ONE of many that people of faith must process and confront. In his new book, Marvin Olasky provides a rational and thoughtful process to prevent us from 'using all our water for too small a fire' as my college professor used to remind me. Dealing with same-sex 'marriage,' abortion, bathroom laws, faith-hating films, court decisions, and political conflicts are just a few of the issues we face. But no one issue should consume us. Christ should consume us. Olasky's approach is like Nexium to the indigestion of the soul."
Mike Huckabee, Former governor of Arkansas
"America may be more culturally and politically divided today than at any time since the Civil War. Christians need to know how to act and live smartly and prudently, with strength and compassion. Employing his usual wisdom and clarity, Marvin Olasky explains how."
William J. Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education; host of the Bill Bennett Show
"World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life offers practical theology without hysterics, histrionics, or sell-outs. This wise book, written by a sage veteran of cultural shifts and values, models how to live like a Christian in a world losing its foundations. As editor of World magazine, Marvin Olasky, with both street cred and old-school professional authority, illustrates by example what civil discourse means and how we must practice it. Practical, readable, accessible, transparent, and relevant to all. Olasky blazes a trail for those who want to talk with their neighbors, not blast them on social media. He speaks to those of us who put more stock in prayer than in Twitter. He shows how we can best understand the language of our post-Christian world without being duped by it. Read this book!"
Rosaria Butterfield, Former professor of English and Women’s Studies; author of Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
"Christians are the intellectual outlaws under the current secular conditions. To believe the truth claims of Christianity is to defy principalities and powers—and to face an intellectual onslaught. In this context of increasing hostility to the Christian faith, Marvin Olasky's careful and theologically-informed reflection on the culture is a needed resource for the church. Olasky's new book, World View, is a thoughtful and rich resource for those who are seeking to walk faithfully during this challenging cultural moment."
Albert Mohler, Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"For years, Marvin Olasky has inspired thousands of readers to stop separating their moral principles from their politics and start thinking compassionately about those left behind in our society. This volume puts his arguments into one handy compendium. Readers of all faiths and political stripes will find inspiration here to make sure their own ethical commitments are informing how they live each day."
Arthur Brooks, President of American Enterprise Institute
"The searing truth and wisdom in these pages is vintage Marvin Olasky. And the best part of all: it rubs off. See for yourself!"
Eric Metaxas, Best-selling author of Martin Luther: the Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
"This provocative collection is a monument to Marvin Olasky's precise, searching and devout mind. For those who share his beliefs and those who do not, Olasky will not let you rest, writing with a style that mimics what he is searching for in his writing—the balance between passionate conviction and profound compassion—with a voice that is mindful of the humility required by grace."
John Dickerson, Moderator, Face the Nation; author of Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Campaign History
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