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Casting Votes to Bless Others

New book looks at political issues in light of faith

Faith in the Voting Booth: Practical 
Wisdom for Voting Well

A new book by leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) helps voters cut through the superficial, emotionally charged rhetoric of this election season and make better informed, faith-directed decisions. Leith Anderson, NEA president, and Galen Carey, vice-president of Government Relations, write with urgency in Faith in the Voting Booth, Practical Wisdom for Voting Well, about how such a perspective is desperately needed in the country today. 

Pointing out that voters too often default to one side of the political spectrum or the other; that candidates avoid discussing issues, and election outcomes are influenced by slogans and television ads, the authors show how biblical wisdom applies to current complex political issues. 

The book calls on voters to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider how to vote by: 

  • Identifying the issues and reflecting on how to consider election choices;
  • Clarifying positions in light of faith; 
  • Knowing how to resist clever campaign slogans and television ads that pander to anger and fear;
  • Keeping up to date and ready to vote with confidence and wisdom.

“Want to know who to vote for? The authors ask in the first chapter. “Want a definitive advocacy for policies and candidates… This book will do ‘none of the above.’… What this book is about is describing how to decide for yourself… As Christians, we seek to live and vote with the Bible as our guide for belief and behavior. Then our faith joins with our courage to vote for candidates and policies that will bless others rather than just ourselves.”

— Published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, copyright 2016. Available in paperback and as ebook.

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