Book Review – “The Coming Revoultion” by Dr. Richard G. Lee
Revolution is a “buzz-word” in our modern lexicon, and has been one in every society since the dawn of creation!
Now because of the subject matter, and open defense of the Judeo/Christian foundation of our nation some, specifically those on the political or theological left will be apt to reject the content of this book without even giving it a cursory examination. The book that I speak of is my latest read from the Thomas Nelson Book Sneeze program entitled “The Coming Revolution” by author Dr. Richard Lee, pastor, author, speaker, and American patriot. It must be stated from the onset that Lee writes from a very conservative (some would say hyper-conservative) viewpoint, so a note to many of my liberal friends – This book will be very hard, if not impossible for you to swallow, but I encourage you to try it anyway!
If one were to give this book a fair reading they would see that this is no lightweight conservative diatribe without merit, but a clear and concise case that the world in which we live is changing and revolution is indeed in the air. As we read through the book the author proves that contrary to modern academia our nation’s founders were indeed Christians who not only knew the importance of God’s leading, but were ones who followed that leading and accomplished great things.
Lee takes us on a whistle-stop journey on the history of our country from the founding of the first English settlement in Roanoke, and the Puritans at Plymouth Rock, to the actions of a group of preachers known as the “Black Robe Regiment,” and of the founding of our great nation by a group of freedom loving revolutionaries who would be branded as traitors by their own government!
Lee speaks of the ideals that made the American experience something that had never been seen in the world before, freedom for all, religious tolerance, moral worldview, and independence, concepts which may seem somewhat cliché by today’s standards, but ones that were truly a radical departure from the norms of Europe and colonial America.
Not only is this a book pertaining to history, it’s also one that deals with the here and now, and how what we see and experience today was not only shaped by our history, but how that history does indeed play a role in our future. Lee does a masterful job taking us through the world of faith in the 21st century, here in America and abroad. As a Minister I’ve personally seen the impact of the stories he tells and statistics he shares first-hand. His presentation won’t win him any awards for political correctness, for the picture he paints is one of sobering reality, a truly sad commentary on a great nation that has turned its back on the God of her youth.
Politically speaking I’m a conservative libertarian; in that I believe the federal government exerts way too much control over the daily lives of Americans. I’m an unashamed advocate of small government, believing that as much as 90% of the regulation that comes out of Washington D.C. is unconstitutional in nature, and far exceeds the authority granted to the U.S. Congress by Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.
For me personally the most important part of the entire book is the last section, entitled “what you can do.” Here Lee moves beyond theory to action, giving his readers 6 actions that they can personally take to aid in helping our nation regain her proper footing; the steps are as follows…
(1) Prepare Personally (2) Partner with Others (3) Learn the Process (4) Participate in the Arena (5) Proclaim the Truth (6) Persevere until We Prevail.
These are concepts that aren’t necessarily new, in fact they are universal truths that have played out time and again the history our world and of our nation. In this book Lee, though a minister and theologian does focus on religion in this book, he focuses on heritage, one that was guided and directed by a resounding faith in God and His providence.
If you’re a person who doesn’t find politics or the true history of America interesting, then chances are you won’t like this book. If you’re like me and are concerned about the spiritual and political trajectory of our nation and believe that America is being driven off course by an out-of-control government then you’ll probably find this book to be helpful.
As another review of this book stated “if you are a supporter of President Obama and his agenda, you will read this book as if it came straight from Fox News. If you are a supporter of the Tea Party, you will hail this as the greatest book of our time.”
From my perspective I view it as neither one. For I don’t agree with every conclusion made or position taken but I do believe that Lee’s book is quite beneficial, in that it forces us to examine the present and future in light of the past, and on that note I agree with Oliver North that it serves as a “powerful reminder about why America is great and worth fighting for.” So I therefor recommend it to others.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their “booksneeze program.” I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions and views expressed here are my own.
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