Book Review: Making America Great Again: Fairy Tale? Horror Story? Dream Come True?

magabookreview If I hadn’t noted that the foreword was by Brian McLaren, Christian writer and progressive, I would have dismissed this book just for the title alone. Never has a phrase like ‘MAGA’ invoked such division and instinctive reactions.

Once I learned about David Moore, I was intrigued. His writing is honest about the racist norms that Persons of Color face in our country today. And he calls out the Christian community for being complicit in our lack of interest and response.

Dr. Moore is a pastor, educator, and prophet. He grew up in a Pentecostal, evangelical environment. His family left the South due to the prejudices towards Blacks in the Jim Crow era. He writes with painful clarity about the “whites-only” norms reinforced by… the churches of the Bible Belt, and in every area of the country where he lived and served.

Dr. Moore does not mince words. He calls for a sea change in how we view our society. He shares personal experiences that reflect on the prejudice he has experienced throughout his life. And at the same time, he invites Christians to unify around a common purpose: demonstrating the love and compassion of Christ — to everyone. Included in that demonstration is the sharing of power and privilege.

“…one cannot be fully Christian without relinquishing ecclesial power, inasmuch as it disqualifies us from being a prophetic presence. Holding onto power and privilege is inconsistent with our Christian identity. How in the world do we tell the world how to be when there is no evidence in our own practice?” (p. 43)

Dr. Moore gave me food for thought as I continue to understand how my birth, my privilege, and my education all contribute to the impact I have on those around me. Yes, I name Christ as my Redeemer. But am I living in a way that reflects that, especially to those who are left out, ignored, and disenfranchised? His story is powerful. I commend it to you.

Making America Great Again: Fairy Tale? Horror Story? Dream Come True? David N. Moore. (c) 2017. Crowdscribed, LLC. Hardback 169 pages.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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