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In Rules for Reformers, Douglas Wilson poaches the political craft of radical progressives and applies it to Christian efforts in the current culture war. The result is a spicy blend of combat manual and cultural manifesto. Rules for Reformers is a little bit proclamation of grace, a little bit Art of War, and a little bit analysis of past embarrassments and current cowardice, all mixed together with a bunch of advanced knife-fighting techniques. As motivating as it is provocative, Rules for Reformers is just plain good to hear.

Thanks to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals - a book well-beloved by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and many others - for much of the shrewd advice, and for none of the worldview.

©2015 Canon Press (P)2019 Canon Press

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I dont like it

this book comes off as an attempt to "Christianize" Saul Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals." While there are bits of truth scattered throughout, it was not what I was expecting. This book failed all of my expectations. Based on the title I expected it to be an application of reformed theology in a modern setting. I don't feel I got that. This book feels more like a secular song being used in church where the singers "church it up" to tickle peoples ears.

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Biblical sarcasm at its finest.

This has so many golden intellectual throat punches against and immoral world. A must listen.

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A walk through fire!

This book has been to me as a walk through fire. And by fire I mean the very kind that we will face as our works are tested to determine if they are wood, hay, straw, or gold, silver, precious stones. It has burned some things out of my life while forging and purifying others. It’s not for the faint of heart but if you are looking for training and instruction for war we believers are in you should listen to this book.

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must read

a wonderful book that will inspire a generation of christian culture warriors. doug killed it on this one.

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If you're not postmillennial, you'll wish you were

Must read for any Christian wanting to engage the secular world with biblical standards...along with a little godly sarcasm as well.

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Moscow Gameplan

This is a classic Doug Wilson book: writing a gameplan for Christians who want to take on the culture and establishment unapologetically. Part one covers the strategy (the best part of the book in my opinion) and then part two is really a series of articles on different obstacles and difficulties, all the while pointing to Christ as the reason for doing what we do.

The second half is a little less interesting, as it becomes more of Wilson's personal musings than articulated strategy, but it helps get inside his head and his approach to engagement.

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A true arsonist at his best!

"Rules for Reformers" is an extremely helpful guide for the Christian looking to tactically build in these lost and soft times. The Church must again truly believe, repent, and live accordingly. This book is to the point and without decorative icing. It packs a punch and will likely aid in bringing believers to repentance as much as non (it definitely has changed my perspective in many ways). Wilson demonstrates a reformed Christian worldview as it should be; unapologetic, unashamed, and unwavered. A padded room and participation trophy don't stand a lasting chance.

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Timeless truths

This book holds timeless truth, not because of the sage wisdom of Wilson, but because the principles are rooted directly in the timeless wisdom and truth of the Bible. I was challenged several times and audibly responded “Amen!” once or twice. Take the time, do yourself and those around you, a favor and read this book!

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Edifying

The most edifying read I've enjoyed outside of the bible. It should inspire you, teach you, and give you actionable steps. May peace be with you.

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Solid and necessary content

Thank you...

Add more words. Ok I have listened to this book twice and will continue to mix it in with the others. I don't feel educated enough to review this book fairly.

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  • 01-21-22

Highly recommended

Highly recommended for Christians engaged in the culture war. The first two hours of the book are especially good, and contain the type of content that could radically improve and ministry or organisation.

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Excellent

Just what I've been looking for over the past few years - a mature, Biblical approach to cultural and political engagement, without the Marxist nonsense.

Doug approaches political conservatism with a mature Biblical wisdom, redeeming that which is good and true and important (such as free market capitalism, limited government, and freedom), and rejecting that which is worldly (putting party over Christ, and "secular" conservatism).
A great listen, lots of wit and clever humour, although some of the references went over my head. I really appreciate Doug's boldness to speak the truth with a touch of satire, and then to not apologise for it.

There's a few small phrases he made which I'd want to clarify with him and perhaps push back on a little bit, but overall this was an excellent book. Really, everything he talks about are things we should all agree on!

It combines Biblical theology with Chesterton's wit in Orthodoxy.
I long to see more Christians develop this kind of mature approach to true cultural engagement that truly honours Christ.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-19

Highly recommended this book

I would encourage whoever to read this book whether your on the Right or the Left.