- Dr. Wayne Baker’s United America: The surprising truth about American values, American identity and the 10 beliefs that a large majority of Americans hold dear.
- And, Ken Wilson’s A Letter to My Congregation: An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgendered into the company of Jesus.
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SPREADING THE NEWS
OVER THE PAST MONTH, the good news has been spreading about United America. Here are a few examples:
- PUBLIC RADIO: Cynthia Canty interviewed Dr. Baker in this 12-minute broadcast, which you can listen to on this public radio website. In introducing Dr. Baker, she told listeners: “When you look at the gridlock in Washington, the Red Blue state stereotypes, divisive and alarming messages blasted out at us … it’s easy to conclude that our nation is divided and bitter. But what does science tell us about what is truly in the hearts and minds of Americans? My next guest has applied the science, asked the questions, and come up with an answer that is as surprising as it is reassuring: We are much more united as a people than you might have thought.”
- BILL TAMMEUS: A veteran journalist, for many years based at the Kansas City Star, Bill’s Faith Matters column is now read nationwide. In writing about United America, Bill concluded: “I don’t know but I’m pretty sure that whatever we’re doing now isn’t working, so let’s give Wayne’s ideas a try.”
- ALAN CARUBA: As a social scientist, Dr. Baker is not a political partisan himself. His research is reported in a balanced way—and United America is drawing praise from a wide spectrum of commentators, including the popular conservative writer Alan Caruba. In his Warning Signs blog, Caruba writes: “As one reads Dr. Baker’s book, one comes away with a renewed confidence in the judgment of Americans, confirming that their core values are those that have made America a beacon of freedom in the world.” In his Bookviews blog, Caruba told readers: “The book is not some boring academic study, but a lively examination of the values and one that will be of use to individual readers as well as educators and groups …”
- HUFFINGTON POST: Dr. Baker now publishes occasional columns related to United America in the Huffington Post.
HELP DR. BAKER UNITE AMERICA
Many authors are urging Americans to find a common ground for civil dialogue—including Brian D. McLaren, who wrote the preface to Dr. Baker’s book. Now, in his new book, Dr. Baker is adding research-based evidence that a common ground still exists. This spring, Dr. Baker is crisscrossing the country speaking at various events. In coming months, he will be in Chicago and also will be traveling to the East Coast. Interested in scheduling an interview or an appearance? Please, email us at ReadTheSpirit@gmail.com (Or, you can visit the United America Press Materials page in our website.)
SPREADING THE NEWS
KEN WILSON’S book was launched one week ago, but already the news is spreading online:
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: PW writer Joshunda Sanders covered the launch of Wilson’s book in PW’s February 26 issue (available only to PW subscribers). Sanders writes that Ken offers “a more welcoming and modern take on Bible passages that are often used to exclude same-sex couples from marriage and those who are LGBT from full inclusion in the church.” And: “After conversations with religion expert Phyllis Tickle, who wrote the introduction, Wilson used scholarship and discernment to transform his views in a changing time.”
- TONY JONES: The ReadTheSpirit staff thanks theologian and author Tony Jones, who Wikipedia calls a leading figure in the emerging church movement. Right away, Tony republished an excerpt of our in-depth interview with Ken Wilson. In particular, Tony stressed the most newsworthy element in Ken’s book launch: “He may be the first active pastor of a large evangelical congregation to make such a switch.”
- ONLINE COMMENTS: Across websites and social media, dozens of readers are chiming in on Ken’s book. One example: Ken’s Amazon page already has 18 reader reviews—17 of them praising his book with 4 or 5 stars.
HELP KEN WILSON INSPIRE CONGREGATIONS
Ken Wilson is the pastor of a large evangelical church in Michigan, so he is not traveling as much as Dr. Baker. However, he already has spoken at a Los Angeles-area film festival and is eager to make a difference with his book—helping other congregations to make the kind of transformation that his congregation has made. Interested in scheduling an interview or an appearance? Please, email us at ReadTheSpirit@gmail.com (Or, you can visit the A Letter to My Congregation Press Materials page in our website.)
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