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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Culture Shift: The Battle for the Moral Heart of America

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He also writes a popular blog and regular commentary which you can find at  He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and children.

His book Culture Shift:  The Battle for the Moral Heart of America has been revised and expanded.  WaterBrook Multnomah sent me a copy of Dr. Mohler's book for the purpose of review as part of their Blogging for Books program.

From the back cover of the book:
"Mass media and technology are exploding.  Popular entertainment relentlessly pushes the envelope.  Biomedicine stretches ethical boundaries.  Political issues shift with the polls.  Christian orthodoxy is questioned on every front.  The world in which you live is undergoing a major cultural transformation - one leading to a widespread lack of faith, an increase in moral relativism and a rejection of absolute truth.  In Culture Shift, Dr. R. Albert Mohler - one of today's leading Christian thinkers and spokespersons - addresses these and other tough topics clearly, biblically, and passionately."

In Culture Shift, Dr. Mohler presents 25 short essays covering the following topics:
  1. Engaging the City of Man
  2. Christian Morality and Public Law
  3. The Culture of Offendedness
  4. A Growing Cloud of Confusion:  The Supreme Court on Religion
  5. All That Terror Teaches
  6. Needed:  An Exit Strategy from Public Schools
  7. The God Gene:  Bad Science Meets Bat Theology
  8. Are We Raising a Nation of Wimps?
  9. Hard America, Soft America
  10. The Post-Truth Era
  11. Is Abortion a Moral Issue?
  12. Who's Afraid of the Fetus?
  13. God and the Tsunami
  14. Nineveh, New Orleans, and the City of Man
  15. Hiroshima and the Burden of History
  16. The Content of Our Character
  17. The Challenge of Islam
  18. The New Atheism
  19. A Black Cat in a Dark Room
  20. The New American Family:  Digitally Deluged
  21. Where Did I Come From?  The New World of Reproductive Technology
  22. Redefining Retirement
You can read chapter 1 Engaging the City of Man by going HERE.

I can't say I "enjoyed" reading Culture Shift simply because Dr. Mohler does present such a clear and concise picture of the current state of our culture as well as vividly pointing to the downhill spiral we as a society seem to be headed toward.  We are indeed in the midst of a battle as the subtitle to the book states and it is not a pretty picture.  I would be completely undone except for the fact that Dr. Mohler repeatedly in the book gives the reader a biblical and bold picture of Almighty God as the Sovereign King of the Universe.

I also appreciated the complete footnotes given in each essay.  In giving these excellent citations, Dr. Mohler allows the reader to read in full the sources he quotes in part and come to their own conclusions on the matter being discussed.  As stated before the book contains 25 short essays and is a total of 185 pages.  I was able to read it in a couple of afternoons by picking it up in between loads of laundry and during meal preparations for my family.

If you've ever watched the news and thought to yourself as a Christian, "How am I supposed to respond to that?", then Culture Shift would be worth your visit! 

If you will take just a moment to rate this review if it was helpful to you.  By doing so you will be entering yourself into a chance to get a free copy of Culture Shift from the folks at WaterBrook!  Thanks so much.

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