Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Bookshelf: Matthew Paul Turner's What You Didn't Learn From Your Parents About Politics

Politics aren't the most welcoming of subjects to always talk about, and depending on how you were raised it can either be a very uncomfortable thing to talk about, one you enjoy, or one you feel apathetic toward. More than ever it seems that the next generation is approaching it with apathy. Matthew Paul Turner provides reasoning and issues to get passionate about though. This one involves a little less humor than his other series though, so it wasn't quite as enthralling, but then again politics isn't that exciting anyways.

Summary: Matthew Paul Turner with the assistance of others who are in the political field guide in explaining faith and politics, and how they have been together in history. Everything from the taxation from Caesar in the Bible to the issues we face today, we see what we can learn from how characters then dealt with politics, and how we should handle it today. Beginning with a little overview on the political parties, and the guiding the book into various issues, Turner provides good reasoning behind each viewpoints perspective.

Characters: If you enjoy political talk and learning about presidents then this might be right up alley. Turner feels a little less present in this book because his personality and own perspective are for the most part kept out of the book, which makes sense considering this is a presentation to others about politics, and what the different parties offer. This isn't to try to sell your own point. Turner does let his own views get displayed sometimes, and even when discussing issues it's easy to see which side he falls on, especially with the gun topic. Also, along with the editors, Turner, provides a lot of personality to presidents and political figures in a way that makes it funny and lively for the reader.

Writing: If the main reason you're reading this one because of the humor found in others then you'll find that this one contains a lot less humor. There are some funny moments when depicting the different parties and even the founding fathers, but this book also understandably allows for a lot less humor than prior novels. It needs to get serious in certain areas like with the issues that cover everything from gun control, abortion, taxes, to war. It is still woven in, but more so at the right moments.

Plot: The most likable thing about the book is that it is given attention to how it is divided up into sections. The start of the book is filled with political lessons that are easy to absorb and enjoy. It doesn't trample any toes, and even in the later parts of the book it still is appealing to whoever no matter what your viewpoint are. For people who are Christians and trying to discover how their faith weaves into the political process this book also provides some guiding verses and thoughts on that as well. The point of the book does at the end try to encourage people to vote. This was also wrote in 2007 when it seemed people's outlook politically was still even better than it is now. Some better understanding of voting and how it counts is explained though, especially the very confusing, electoral college.

If you're a fan of Matthew Paul Turner's writing then you'll enjoy this one. If you're looking to learn about politics, or even explore the potential of your faith in that realm as well then this is one to read through. It's also a quick read, but it does ramble at times it seems to fill pages just to make it last a bit longer. It isn't as strong as the other book in the series about sex either, where it seems personalities are more open to shine, and there is way more to say on the subject.

Rating 8 of 10.

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