Title: Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America
Author: Luke Goodrich
Genre: Christian Living/Social Issues
Publishing Date: Oct 22, 2019
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Length: 288 Pages
About the Book:
A leading religious freedom attorney, the veteran of several Supreme Court battles, helps people of faith understand religious liberty in our rapidly changing culture–why it matters, how it is threatened, and how to respond with confidence and grace.
Many Americans feel like their religious freedom is under attack. They see the culture changing around them, and they fear that their beliefs will soon be punished as a form of bigotry. Others think these fears are overblown and say Christians should stop complaining about imaginary persecution.
In Free to Believe leading religious freedom attorney Luke Goodrich challenges both sides of this debate, offering a fresh perspective on the most controversial religious freedom conflicts today. With penetrating insights on gay rights, abortion rights, Islam, and the public square, Goodrich argues that threats to religious freedom are real–but they might not be quite what you think.
As a lawyer at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Goodrich has won several historic Supreme Court victories for clients such as the Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby. Combining frontline experience with faithful attention to Scripture, Goodrich shows why religious freedom matters, how it is threatened, and how to protect it. The result is a groundbreaking book full of clear insight, practical wisdom, and refreshing hope for all people of faith.
I was highly intrigued when I saw the premise for this one. This book offered some interesting insight when considering religious freedom in our nation. While I appreciate that there was an attempt at having an unbiased approach, I was expecting (and would have preferred) a stronger Christian stance. It was clear that the author had great respect for religious freedom in America, but I felt like I got his opinion more than any scriptural backing. I still found it to be an interesting read and I learned quite a bit from it. It got me thinking and considering politics from a bit of a different viewpoint and I know that there are pieces I will be contemplating long after closing the cover. I just feel like I would have gotten more out of it if shared more specifically from a Christian view.
*I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook & Multnomah. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.