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Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis | [Jimmy Carter]

Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis

In Our Endangered Values, Carter offers a personal consideration of "moral values" as they relate to the important issues of the day. He puts forward a passionate defense of separation of church and state, and a strong warning of where the country is heading as the lines between politics and rigid religious fundamentalism are blurred.
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Publisher's Summary

President Carter has written importantly about his spiritual life and faith. In Living Faith, a huge best seller, he recounted the values and experiences that shaped his personal and political life. In his companion book Sources of Strength, also a best seller, he meditated on fifty-two of the favorite Bible lessons he has taught.

In Our Endangered Values, Carter offers a personal consideration of "moral values" as they relate to the important issues of the day. He puts forward a passionate defense of separation of church and state, and a strong warning of where the country is heading as the lines between politics and rigid religious fundamentalism are blurred.

Now, he describes his own involvement and reactions to some disturbing societal trends that have taken place during the last few years. These changes involve both the religious and the political worlds as they have increasingly become intertwined, and include some of the most crucial and controversial issues of the day, frequently encapsulated under "moral values".

Many of these matters are under fierce debate. They include preemptive war, women's rights, terrorism, civil liberties, homosexuality, abortion, the death penalty, science and religion, environmental degradation, nuclear arsenals, America's global image, fundamentalism, and the melding of religion and politics.

Sustained by his lifelong faith, Jimmy Carter assesses these issues in a forceful and unequivocal but balanced and courageous way. Our Endangered Values is a book that his millions of readers have eagerly awaited.

Listen to Jimmy Carter's interview on Fresh Air .

©2005 Jimmy Carter; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

  • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2006

"Carter speaks eloquently of how his own faith has shaped his moral vision and of how he has struggled to reconcile his own values with the Southern Baptist church's transformation under increasingly conservative leadership. He also makes resonant connections between religion and political activism." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Steve Tualatin, OR, USA 04-15-06
    Steve Tualatin, OR, USA 04-15-06
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    "Great Subject, Hard to Understand"

    The subject matter of this book is that which you will either agree with or disagree with depending on your political and religious leanings. No surprise there. What disappointed me what that although I like and adminre Jimmy Carter, he shouldn't be reading this book. He was hard to understand and his accent was difficult to follow. It's a shame, because the book does have a powerful message.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Denver, CO, USA 01-28-06
    Jim Denver, CO, USA 01-28-06
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    "Our Endangered Values"

    Excellent! Jimmy Carter has a handle on the threats to our society, no our world. He is inciteful and should be heard. Too bad some of our politicians are not listening. He should have remined president for the second term.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Zalewski 01-18-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Awesome"

    Way to go Mr. President.

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    Steven FISHERS, IN, United States 06-25-12
    Steven FISHERS, IN, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. President Carter is insightful. Unlike most, he lives his beliefs and explains why in great detail. It is to bad more people do not follow his example. Well worth the read.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 06-11-06
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 06-11-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Conflicted"

    The Presidential election of 1976 was the first election I was able to vote in. So President Carter holds special memories for me.

    I thought we held similar religious values, but he surprised me. I thought he would be talking about moral values, but he surprised me. I thought he would present a balanced picture, but he surprised me.

    I am sure his data are accurate, but I am also convinced he is not telling the whole story. I was dissappointed with his glaring bashing of the current administration. No one is perfect. I have my own disagreements with George H. Bush. But I now also have many more disagreements with Jimmy Carter.

    This is important information, but your search should not end here.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bel Air, MD, USA 12-23-05
    Michael Bel Air, MD, USA 12-23-05
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    "A good idea..."

    This book started out pretty good, and I thought I was going to like it - but ultimately, I didn't. I had expected a book that would talk about the positive effect of virtues of 20, 30 or 40 years ago that have been lost today, but this book did not really touch on any of those. It was a very politically oriented book that was basically taking shots at the current Republican admistration - very deceptive given the title. In most cases I disagreed with Carter - this is not surprising, I am politically a conservative. What was strange to me is that we share very similar religious views, and yet I still found myself not agreeing with him on his values. Of course, this is always a danger when discussing either religion or politics - but it was much worse than usual here. I have never listened to a CS Lewis book and thought that he had completely missed the point - even when I disagreed, but that is how I felt with Mr. Carter.

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    Leslie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-25-07
    Leslie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-25-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't finish the book"

    I tried very hard to finish the story, but honestly gave up before I made it 1/3 way through the book. Mr. Carter has many talents, but I wouldn't rank audio performances as high on the list. I really wanted to support the former president in this endeavor, but cannot recommend the book. Thank you for your service, Mr. Carter, anyway.

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    Marvin 11-04-05
    Marvin 11-04-05
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    "Bait and Switch"

    In Our Endangered Values, chapters one through ten are oftentimes thought provoking and worthy of praise. Beginning in Chapter eleven, The Distortion of American Foreign Policy, the writer makes the switch to an annoying and redundant liberal triad against 2001-2005 American Policies. The balance of the book is based on extreme liberal agendas arguably based irrespective of post 911 reality.

    45 of 245 people found this review helpful
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    John Keith Marietta, GA, USA 11-05-05
    John Keith Marietta, GA, USA 11-05-05
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    "The Pot Calling the Kettle Black!"

    There's nothing more disheartening than the American people being lectured from on high again by one of the most incompetent and dreadful Presidents to ever hold office. Please Mr. President shut up and go back to doing the good things that helped redeem your image in the first place after being soundly kicked out of office by the American people in 1980.

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    Ron LAS VEGAS, NV, USA 11-17-05
    Ron LAS VEGAS, NV, USA 11-17-05
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    "Pronouncements of Mr. Peanut"

    To hear Carter pontificate about moral values is irritating to the extreme. Here we have a lecture from the very man who brought us the Islamic revolution and betrayed the Shah of Iran -- who was a firm ally of America. This is the man who enabled the creation of the fundamentalist Islamic state which is now bent on America's destruction. Carter displays a complete lack of common sense as he criticizes a sitting American president both publicly and in his untimely book. This man is a menace to every American. If Carter was still president we would all be praising Allah.

    15 of 111 people found this review helpful

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