Friday, July 10, 2015

God, Guns, Grits and Gravy by Mike Huckabee

I've definitely been trying to read outside my comfort zone lately so that I'll have some interesting books to tell you about.  I'm sure you would get pretty sick of me reviewing books about vampires, werewolves and zombies all the time.  I'm usually perfectly content reading Anne Rice or Laurell K Hamilton, but I'm trying to expand my reading horizons and maybe learn something in the process. 

While I'm not super political, I do try to know a few things about government and what is happening in the world.  I tend to get most of my news from NPR rather than TV media as I don't really watch much TV.  I like NPR because it's not just a bunch of short stories crammed in a short time, it's actual stories about some of the people involved in what is going on around the world.  I'm much more likely to understand what is happening if I can hear how it effects people rather than just a bunch of facts and fast paced news.

This time I listened to the audio of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.  With this title and the fact that he's the governor of the state of Arkansas, you would probably assume he's a conservative.  You would be right in that assumption.

Governor Huckabee talks about the differences between people who live in Bubbleville and people who live in Bubbaville.  Bubbleville is made up of the entertainment, finance and political hubs of this country, Hollywood, New York City and Washington D.C.  Bubbaville is the rest of the country where the regular folks live.  He talks about the major differences in how these two kinds of people think and act and how our country would be so different if Bubbleville actually cared about and listened to the folks of Bubbaville.

I liked this book.  I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5 star rating.  Huckabee had lots of good stories and information in this book, but I did tune out a few times when he got to talking about percentages and facts. Overall I think I probably learned a couple things about how the government was supposed to be set up from our founding fathers and how it's actually being run now.

These days Christians are being portrayed as more of a hate group than anything.  I realize there are many out there who are spouting hate, but the majority of us aren't.  By quoting Biblical facts and Biblical values, we get painted as closed minded people.  Thing is, a lot of the "open-minded" people out there are being very close minded when it comes to religion.  They are trying to force Christians, and probably other religious groups, into sitting down and shutting up while they stand and scream about their ideals.  If we were truly an open-minded country, wouldn't all views be accepted, not just the ones the strong liberals want to shove down our throats?  I hope that my own life reflects the Love of God and makes people want to learn more about God.  I hope that I don't push anyone away from God by calling myself a Christian and acting like something else.  I feel like this was also in the message Governor Huckabee was trying to get across in this book, too.  I probably won't be adding a whole lot of political books to my regular reading, I may try another one down the road sometime.

Have you read anything political that I should read?

1 comment:

  1. Bravo!!! Good review PD30. I agree, the 'open-minded' crowd is very closed-minded about Christian beliefs.

    It's ok, we just have to speak the truth. Love already won at the cross.



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