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MEN'S & WOMEN'S BOOK CLUBS MEET ONCE A MONTH
Women's Book Club | 3rd Thursday | 1:30 p.m. | Coffee Area
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - August 17
Men's Book Club | 3rd Wednesday | 6:30 p.m. | Room 311
The Blood of Lambs by Kamal Saleem - September 20
The Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World
by Chris and Ted Stewart
In this book, brothers Chris and Ted Stewart tell of seven world-changing events they call "tipping points" and "stepping stones" that have led to the democracy we enjoy today, and without which America as we know it would not – indeed could not – exist.
Those events began in biblical days, with Assyria poised to destroy the southern Jewish kingdom, Judah. The Assyrians already had annihilated Israel, the northern Jewish state, and scattered its inhabitants, resulting in what we call today the "Ten Lost Tribes." That same fate seemed to await Israel's sister nation to the south, when suddenly, and inexplicably, the king of Assyria changed his mind and withdrew from Jerusalem, leaving Judah in peace. Had that not happened, the population of Judah and Jerusalem also would have been scattered and "lost," and there would have been no Jewish state in which to plant Christianity.
Six more such tipping points are discussed. Though the authors avoid calling these stepping stones "miracles," they reason that the outcome of these events was miraculous. Hence, the title of the book: The Miracle of Freedom. They acknowledge that other influences than Christianity also have contributed to the development of liberty, but insist that Christianity has made the most decisive impact.
To me, the final chapter of the book is the most interesting. Here the authors argue that slavery, not freedom, is the natural state of mankind. Such ideas as that "the citizens of a nation have the right to form the sort of government they choose" or "to choose who will make and enforce their laws," or that "all people are born with certain unalienable rights," or that "these rights are inherent and unalienable, and that they come from God," are rare to the point of being almost nonexistent. Most people actually have been ruled "by those with more clout, more swords, better guns, stronger armies, the greatest wealth. For most of human history, the order of things has been survival of the fittest, the weak being trampled while the government looks on."
The book closes with these searching questions for us: Will we still work to claim these blessings? Will we fight to preserve the miracle of freedom that we enjoy today?
I close by saying: If you like history, you will like this book; if you love America you will love it.