‘Letters to an American Christian’ Book Review

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Before I dive into the actual review, I would like to thank B&H Publishing for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest assessment. Thanks to them, I get to read newly released books share my opinions with all of you! Even though I don’t usually read books about politics, I did enjoy reading this one.

About the Author

 Bruce Riley Ashford is married to Lauren, with whom he has two children, Riley Noelle and Anna Katherine. He was born in Chesapeake, VA, but spent his childhood years in Roseboro, NC. He received his B.A. in Communications from Campbell University. Upon graduation from Campbell, he entered Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity.

 After spending two years in Central Asia as a university instructor, he returned to the United States to enter the Ph.D. program at Southeastern. He defended his dissertation, “Wittgenstein’s Impact on Anglo-American Theology: Representative Models of Response to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Later Writings,” in December 2003.

 Southeastern College and Seminary hired him in 2003, where he has taught courses in theology, philosophy, and missiology, and where he remains today as Associate Professor of Theology & Culture. He is the editor of Theology & Practice of Mission (Nashville: B&H, 2011). In January 2009, Ashford became the Dean of The College at Southeastern.

Front and back cover of the book.

Being from Europe, I will be the first one to admit that I don’t know as much  about American politics as I should. I have, however, lived in the States for several years and watched the country go through several elections. Even though I couldn’t vote myself, I have always had my own opinions on the people running for an office. Our pastor spoke openly from the pulpit about whom he was voting for and why. Hearing his reasons made me think … does my faith affect my political views? Should it? Does the separation of church and state play any role in this matter?

Bruce R. Ashford does a great job trying to address issues of the relationship of Christianity and politics. Among others, he writes about hot topics like abortion, homosexuality, racism, political correctness, and gun ownership. What struck me the most about this book is how non-controversial it is. Ashford writes with a mix of humour and respect that will make you want to read on. 

Unlike many other books about politics, Letters to an American Christian is very easy to read. The issues mentioned are broken down into understandable chunks. Ashford includes many quotations and Bible references which only add to the authenticity of the book. 

Even though I do not agree with everything Bruce Ashford says, I find this book thought-provoking and eye-opening. If you’re interested about reading it for yourself, you can get your copy here (affiliate link).

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