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Not Free America is a call to all Americans to take back our constitutional freedoms and break free of “our abusive relationship with our government”. Mike Donovan’s groundbreaking work on behalf of personal liberties has made him an object of fascination on both the right and the left.

In this groundbreaking book, Mike Donovan, the CEO of Nexus Services, calls out the elites who wield power in our country - not only the elites at the federal level, but the elites who exert control over us in our states and counties, our cities and towns. Not Free America is a passionate call to all freedom-loving Americans to take back our constitutional freedoms and break free of what he calls “our abusive relationship with our government”.

Donovan details how the “wholesale shredding of the Bill of Rights” started long before the concurrent crises of COVID-19 and the protests and violence that followed the murder of George Floyd. Not Free America shows us how those events were used by forces in our local, state, and federal governments that had systematically been abridging our rights for decades. These rights, Mike reminds us, are God-given rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment.

As the pastor of the First Christian Church Universalist in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Mike Donovan is far from your quiet country clergyman. A fierce warrior with the spirit of God and the tough skin of a lawyer, he has dedicated his life to protecting liberty and preserving individual rights, serving the underserved, and ministering to those who are overlooked in our broken society. Indeed, there are aspects to his past and present that make him an easy target for judgment from all directions. But Mike Donovan hides from nothing: He openly embraces the faults of his past and dedicates his present to creating a future that helps others move past their own unfortunate pasts.

Born to a poor family in Page County, Virginia, he found himself at a young age convicted of writing bad checks, resulting in multiple felonies for which he served seven months in the county jail. But the time he served didn’t break him; it helped make him the man he is today: a man of the law and a man of God who believes with all his heart and soul in the possibility of redemption and the power of moving beyond past mistakes. He also came out of that experience knowing he needed to make a difference for others who found themselves in the same place he’d just been. Not content to talk the talk, Mike Donovan walks the walk in the footsteps of the Jesus who said “I was in prison and you came to visit me.... Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me.”

Not Free America shows us how to do all that for America and for our children. The book ends with “The Liberty Pledge”: an agreement listeners will make stating that they will vote only for lawmakers who agree to uphold the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment.

©2020 Mike Donovan (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Overwhelming TDS and dislike of police poisons what could have been a good read.

I purchased this book based on it being a comment on the loss of civil liberties in today's America. And it made a reasonable effort to live up to the jacket cover.

Examples of abuses in immigration and on city streets are presented in a very narrow view purposely not addressing why situations and activities are the way they are.

The overwhelming TDS and police demonizing make this book a disenguios read.

I regret not buying the hardcover of this book so I would have had the satisfaction of tossing it into a trash can.

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Be careful who you take counsel from

Be careful who you take counsel from
It's good to know about an author before you spend hours listening to them.

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excellent. in some ways people flawed in others.

The book does an excellent job in the beginning explaining institution and why the limitations were placed on government? also why the government is there to preserve the rights of the individual.
then in the next chapter goes on to explain why the United States should be responsible for every domestic abuse case in the world. those people should be allowed to immigrate to the US instead of two or three towns over in their own country.

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Long winded with 0 facts couldn’t

Didn’t finish. Boring long winded Obvious liberal bias. Has a point or two but dear lord he takes forever to get to it. Pass.

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random rambling

This book is collection of readom rambling of what you would find on Facebook. Just bunch of rants that doesn't make a point or have any research behind it. I would not recommend this to anyone.

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Wrestling within American Ideals

I can't recommend this book enough. The author and I don't agree on all of his points, however, he makes it clear at the beginning that there are things that will frustrate those that lean left and those that lean right. He is as close as to a centrist as we have in America these days. The very fact that we don't agree in everything only makes the points made in this book more beautiful and poignant. It is a treatise in how far our liberties have fallen not only as a result of the pandemic, but through, majorly, the 1900s onward. This is not a left or right issue. This is a We the People issue. We have a common ground of liberty or we don't. We want to continue to have frivolous arguments that only keep the people in government in power or we don't. We are closer together as a free people than we think. We need to keep in mind that our liberty is either the most important thing we have or it's not. Again, I highly encourage you, regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, to read this. Be made uncomfortable, disagree with the author on some points if you want, but that disagreement is the very core of our society as a free people.

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Good book but author has his own bias.

I enjoyed the book and generally agree with the authors point, our freedom is under attach in America. The author is quite liberal in many of his views, but also very unusual for a liberal because his belief in god and the constitution. My main objections come from his discussion of things like immigration, he talks about immigrants and doesn't distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants. For me this is problematic because one of the big issues we face in this country is selective enforcement of laws, we have immigration laws and they should be enforced. If you don't agree with the laws that's fine but then you should work to change them, because if you ignore them your are part of the problem. I also disagree with the idea that so many of the other problems that are discussed are race based, I think they are more socioeconomic, basically poor people get the shaft in our legal system and your race isn't as much of a factor as he seems to suggest.
Yes I don't agree with the author on some of his views, as he even points in the beginning of the book would happen, but I still feel it is very worth reading. He challenges your views, which I believe is a good thing because it makes you think about your position on issues. Bottom line, things need to change if we want to be the America that the founders envisioned and I'm happy to join him on pushing for this.

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Not what I expected

I’m a conservative and while I really disagree with his views on immigration I can understand his perspective. I’m an disabled Army veteran and even though we disagree on a few things the author personifies the things I literally signed my rights over to defend I’ve would’ve been proud to have served along side him. Liberty or Death!

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Worse book I have listened to

Mike Donovan claims to want a free America, but is a hypocrite. As always. I agree with 50% of what he says, but the other 50% made me sick. The Democrats are the ones taking our liberty away and he praises them!

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Chapter 10 and on

Over all the book was okay, chapter 1-9 to me was making a lot of negative excuses, used cases where the people were actually bad people, so bad examples.
Chapter 10 on I enjoyed the book more. Was amazed it was recommended by people who opinions I agree with mostly to a point.
God Bless America & Watch Over Us All.
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