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Rules for Reformers This was the first Doug Wilson book that I finished reading The other book that I started were good but for one reason or another I lost interest in them at the time and stopped reading That being said, I enjoyed this book It was witty, thought provoking and at times funny What I loved most about the book is that it made me think about my role in society as a Christian If I could be honest, I often get into the rut that one day I am going to heaven and in the meantime the Lord is going to w This was the first Doug Wilson book that I finished reading The other book that I started were good but for one reason or another I lost interest in them at the time and stopped reading That being said, I enjoyed this book It was witty, thought provoking and at times funny What I loved most about the book is that it made me think about my role in society as a Christian If I could be honest, I often get into the rut that one day I am going to heaven and in the meantime the Lord is going to work out all the junk going on here on earth I convince myself wrongfully that the Lord cant use someone like me to do his work This thinking is sinful God uses means and if we are willing to be used by God He will gladly do so, not that he needed our permission in either case, but reading this book was a helpful reminder for me to get over myself and get in the game There were tons of statements made in the book that stood out to me over 200 that I highlighted The reason that I gave this book a 4 star as opposed to a 5 star is because there were times that the writes style was to much for me to enjoy Granted, that is most likely a problem with me but nonetheless there were times when I had to out the book down and come back to it a couple weeks later My favorite sections of the book were 3,4,6,8 In part, a response to Saul Alinsky s Rules for Radicals. This book begins a bit stiff, with Wilson listing his principles which are a Christian re casting of Saul Alinsky s Rules for Radicals If the whole book were like this first section, it would have been difficult to finish it Fortunately, most of the rest of the book is Wilson s typical style.His writing is a pleasure to read and he offers his usual witty and biblical insights into understanding our times in a way that helps us better understand how out of step they are with what God requir This book begins a bit stiff, with Wilson listing his principles which are a Christian re casting of Saul Alinsky s Rules for Radicals If the whole book were like this first section, it would have been difficult to finish it Fortunately, most of the rest of the book is Wilson s typical style.His writing is a pleasure to read and he offers his usual witty and biblical insights into understanding our times in a way that helps us better understand how out of step they are with what God requires of us.There are his usual zingers My favorite is a jab at the conference circuit and blogosphere He writes, What we need are some Levites with the sword of the Spirit to ascend into their pulpits and fix it But that might require some courage, and so as a proposed alternative we have built a conference circuit, and a series of networks and coalitions, and let s not forget the blogs, where we have all agreed to wave our swords in the air, and to do so in a gospel centered way p 228As usual, Wilson brings his concerns back to worship The key battle in our culture wars is the reestablishment of worship that is pleasing to God Our worship of Him must be weighty and substantive but many churches have tried to turn their worship services into some kind of very light ministry meringue Our worship services should renew our covenant with God in a solemn, joyful, and dignified way We are commanded to worship Him with reverence and godly awe Heb 12 28 29 Why don t we Why do we refuse to do this Our refusal is costing us farthan we think Henry Van Til once noted that culture is religion externalized Cultus worship lies at the heart of every culture And the reason our culture has forgotten God is because our worship services did that first This is another great book by Wilson and Christians would do well to heed its message Such an invigorating, encouraging war cry for today s messed up world Wilson makes the point early on that When the bugle blows indistinctly, no one gets ready for battle So he blows it, loud and rousing, throughout the entire book A few favorites A courageous man defending the way reality actually is may of course be killed but he is still invincible Laughter is war Do not spend your time worrying about how you are going to put out the fires the adversary sets Wake up in the morni Such an invigorating, encouraging war cry for today s messed up world Wilson makes the point early on that When the bugle blows indistinctly, no one gets ready for battle So he blows it, loud and rousing, throughout the entire book A few favorites A courageous man defending the way reality actually is may of course be killed but he is still invincible Laughter is war Do not spend your time worrying about how you are going to put out the fires the adversary sets Wake up in the morning thinking about the fires you can set Do whatever you can with whatever you have There is no distinction to be made between working for reformation and picking a fight This is a war of liberation Our part is now Good book, well worth the read. One of the best I ve read by Wilson Good stuff Wow Doug Wilson sticks to scripture and an accurate interpretation of it like few that I have read before His perspective on culture, both from an American as well as global perspective, and how to reform it as a Christian society is truly inspiring He mixes his charm, wit and hilarious sarcasm in with profound biblical truth and keeps the reader engaged and eager to turn the page to see what he is going to say next I must say, I m tempted to start from page 1 again almost immediately The besetting sin of ostensible reformers is the sin of shrillness and officious forms of uplift Once again Douglas Wilson tries really, really hard to be cleverly funny Once again, he is not His satire is old and tired his ridicule is shrill and impotent.This is a book for the jerk who wants to believe people don t like him because he s so dang principled And it is the glaring problem of the book Wilson wants to attack and bludgeon anyone who disagrees with him or gets in his way and the The besetting sin of ostensible reformers is the sin of shrillness and officious forms of uplift Once again Douglas Wilson tries really, really hard to be cleverly funny Once again, he is not His satire is old and tired his ridicule is shrill and impotent.This is a book for the jerk who wants to believe people don t like him because he s so dang principled And it is the glaring problem of the book Wilson wants to attack and bludgeon anyone who disagrees with him or gets in his way and then blames being hated on account of his principled righteousness One of the first things a reformer has got to get used to is the experience of being despised and unpopular When you are attacked by the powers that be, this is not a sign that something has gone dangerously wrong There is no distinction to be made between working for reformation and picking a fight Wilson goes on to talk about tactical maneuvers for gaining power and thankfully gives credit to the author because he doesn t always outlined by Saul Alinsky And seriously Saul Alinsky Wilson urges non conformity the right kind There are only two kinds of non conformity and only one of them wears hipster glasses Doug Wilson is the kind that wear the hipster glasses, pretending to be out of the mainstream but wanting nothingthan notoriety and a fawning fan base.And finally there is the answer as to why he is so intent on demanding women be subservient Plebes are needed, plebes are needed Those who are merely competent in the use of a particular weapon are followers, they may be very competent indeed but that is not the issue They are also essential to success of any campaign but if they are promoted to the level where principled strategic thinking is necessary, they will also be essential to the failure of that campaign And so, gentlemen, your job is to keep the little woman at home, quiet, subservient and without a voice make her fell like it s the most amazing thing she can do for your cause In this way you can march about your small kingdom declaring your sagacity Very good Not a book to read drinking chamomile tea, but something stronger and straight Also, this is sort of a Guide to Understanding Why D.W Writes the Way He Does. In Rules for Reformers, Douglas Wilson poaches the political craft of radical progressives and applies it to Christian efforts in the current culture war The result is a spicy blend of combat manual and cultural manifesto Rules for Reformers is a little bit proclamation of grace, a little bit Art of War, and a little bit analysis of past embarrassments and current cowardice, all mixed together with a bunch of advanced knife fighting techniques As motivating as it is provocative, Rules for Reformers is just plain good to read


About the Author: Douglas Wilson

I write in order to make the little voices in my head go away Thus far it hasn t worked.


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