Learn how the seeds of the Trump presidency were sown in the Obama White House.
In this unvarnished account of faith inside the world’s most powerful office, Michael Wear provides unprecedented insight into the highs and lows of working as a Christian in government. Reclaiming Hope is an insider’s view of the most controversial episodes of the Obama administration, from the president’s change of position on gay marriage and the transformation of religious freedom into a partisan idea, to the administration’s failure to find common ground on abortion and the bitter controversy over who would give the benediction at the 2012 inauguration.
The book is also a passionate call for faith in the public square, particularly for Christians to see politics as a means of loving one’s neighbor and of pursuing justice for all. Engrossing, illuminating, and at time provocative, Reclaiming Hope changes the way we think about the relationship of politics and faith.
"A pre-Trump book with serious questions for our politics in the age of Trump...More necessary than ever before." -- Sojourners
"Should be read by Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, and all who are concerned by the state of our politics.” --Kirsten Powers, USA Today columnist and CNN political analyst
"Reclaiming Hope will certainly give you a fresh perspective on politics--but, more importantly, it may also give you a fresh perspective on faith.”--Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Ministries
"An important and extremely timely book...Get it, read it, and talk to others about it." --Timothy Keller, author of Reason for God
"An important contribution in this age of religious and political polarization." --J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy
"A lifeline for these times." --Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts and The Broken Way
“We can hope, and this book can help us.” --Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
|Contributor(s)||Michael R. Wear|
|About the Contributor(s)||Michael R. Wear
Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, a consulting firm that helps businesses, non-profits, foundations, and Christian organizations at the intersection of faith, politics, and culture. Wear directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign and was one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history, leading evangelical outreach and helping manage the White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts. He holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, and serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services. He lives with his wife, Melissa, in Washington, DC.
|Publish Date||Jan 17, 2017|
- Review by Jordan Wootten
I must say, I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. My intention for reading Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America was primarily to accumulate much needed political insight for myself. I've never been a huge fan of politics, nor have politics ever been incredibly interesting to me. Only in the last couple of years have I gained such interest. So, I expected this book to be informative, but it just-so turned out that it was a really enjoyable read in addition to being informative. Wear draws the reader in early-on by spilling his story, which was really really interesting. He then proceeds to provide some really helpful insight into the behind-the-scenes happenings throughout President Obama's tenure as Commander-in-Chief.
In addition to being a delightful read, this book produced two very distinct outcomes for me as I read. It was almost a tale of two halves. Wear spends about the first half of the book expounding on what led him to work for the President and all of the happenings of President Obama's initial campaign, and then the back half of the book is primarily devoted to several major policy decisions that were made by the President. The first half of the book served to elevate the level of respect that I have for President Obama, which I'm glad for. Wear also does a great job of communicating to the reader the heart behind much of what President Obama set out to accomplish while President – this was refreshing, and really helpful. The second half of the book served to reaffirm why my vote was cast in favor of other candidates rather than President Obama. His stance on abortion and contraception, among other things, just did not/do not align with my own and this became even more clear in these chapters.
I'm thankful for this book, and I think it's an important book for us to read. I certainly found it to be beneficial and I'm sure that others will too. (Posted on 2/2/2017)