Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Party Faithful

Guess this is the weekend for promotion, of myself and friends and family. It's actually pretty cool that my cousin's book is now out and available at fine book stores everywhere. I stopped by Borders this week to get a copy and was excited to see it under the new releases. Here's hoping it does well.

It's called The Party Faithful and her name is Amy Sullivan. It's about religion and politics and why there is a gap between Democrats and Republicans with respect to religious voters and what Democrats can do to close this gap. I'll allow some comments from people smarter than me, found on Amazon.com, try to sell you on it:

"Amy Sullivan is an exceptional journalist who has become one of our most insightful commentators on the American religious-political landscape. The Party Faithful is filled with discerning reporting, behind-the-scenes stories, and astute analysis. Her history of the evangelical social conscience will be illuminating to many. She shows that faithful voters do not belong to only one party, but are looking to bring their moral passion to politics and are more likely now to hold both sides accountable. She understands the sea change going on in faith and politics in America." -- Jim Wallis, author of The Great Awakening and God's Politics

"Long before most journalists or Democratic activists were paying attention, Amy Sullivan understood that what was happening in the religious world mattered enormously to the political world -- and she saw the damage being done to the Democratic Party in the name of God. With empathy, superb reporting, a sense of history, and an ear for the good story, Sullivan describes what went wrong in the party of Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter, and the struggles and strategizing designed to level the religious playing field. The Party Faithful is a fascinating account, brimming with humanity -- and hope." -- E. J. Dionne Jr., author of Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right

"The religious vote is up for grabs in unprecedented ways in 2008, and in this thoughtful and moving book, Amy Sullivan not only explains why but suggests what liberals and Democrats can do to capture it." -- Alan Wolfe, author of Does American Democracy Still Work? and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College

"Amy Sullivan is one of a small group of political journalists who understand that the phrase 'religious progressive' is not an oxymoron. Her book is the answer to my prayers." -- Paul Begala, CNN political analyst and former counselor to President Clinton

"Lots of people are writing good books on faith and politics these days -- Amy Sullivan has written a great one. The Party Faithful is an invaluable romp through the Democrats' often torturous (and regularly tortuous) journey of faith and is essential reading for anyone hoping to understand the presidential race." -- David Kuo, author of Tempting Faith

"The most exciting voice on the religious left. Period. She produces the most interesting, path-breaking writing on religion and politics." -- Steven Waldman, cofounder of Beliefnet

"There is far too little great reporting and sound thinking on the perennial subject of religion and politics in America, but Amy Sullivan is changing that. With intelligence, insight, and grace, she has given us a great gift in The Party Faithful, a new book that sheds light on a question that too often simply generates heat." -- Jon Meacham, author of American Gospel and Franklin and Winston


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Blogger RightDemocrat said...

Sounds like a great book. Democrats have always included people of faith but too little outreach was directed at religious voters. I am glad that is finally changing.

2/25/2008 10:51:00 PM  

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