Riding the Whirlwind


I’m now on a whirlwind book tour with my new book, God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, and the events convince me that it has become a "movement" tour. The book has helped to open the door for that. We are reaching beyond the usual audience to ordinary people in America - people who want to apply their faith or values to politics and are eager to talk about how to do that.

In Memphis, Tennessee, I walked out of the Marriott to look for a cab that could take me to a local studio for an interview. A young porter rushed over to assist me. When she saw the copy of God’s Politics I was carrying, she exclaimed, "Oh, that’s the book all my friends are talking about! Is it good?" Two older porters I had met earlier were also standing there and poked the young woman playfully in the ribs. "He wrote the book!" they told her. The men were from local churches and had asked me earlier in the day what text I was preaching on for the Lenten series at the downtown Calvary Episcopal Church. The younger porter got even more excited. "Could you sign my book if I bought one and brought it in tomorrow?" she asked eagerly. I had to leave before she got in the next day, but I left a signed copy for her at the front desk.

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Sojourners Magazine April 2005
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