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Out of the Ashes Audiobook

Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture

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Publisher's Summary

It's not your imagination: civilized human society is collapsing. Communities no longer work toward a common good; children are no longer our first priority; businesses no longer value hard work; arts and skills have been lost; and gender is decided by the individual, not biology.

We cannot reverse national and global trends, says professor Anthony Esolen, but we can build communities that live up to humanity's promise and responsibility. In Out of the Ashes, Esolen identifies the gaping problems in our society and lays out a blueprint for reconstruction that puts our future in the hands of individuals focused on the good of the local community.

©2017 eChristian (P)2017 eChristian

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    Thucydides Canada 06-05-17
    Thucydides Canada 06-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Intelligence, manly spirit, politically incorrect"

    This is a must read for anyone who likes to be challenged. Even if you disagree with much, which is likely, you will be challenged to say why. Is American democracy a barbarous tyranny? Whatever your political persuasion, he argues persuasively from the twin perspective of Catholicism and the Pagan Greeks that something has gone terribly wrong in America (and in Canada too). Whether or not you appreciate that he calls Hillary Clinton a whore, he explains why in such a way that elevates the conversation. His analysis of modern culture as either garish or drab is spot on, and his use of metaphor is memorable, for example: plywood.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JRRTFAN 03-10-17
    JRRTFAN 03-10-17
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    "Excellent"

    Excellence is Esolen's standard and he met his standard again. Would that his vision could be accomplished. Everything conspires against it, the media, the Hollywood elite, the tech industry (cf. Snapchat), the banks: "a home equity line is perfect to consolidate credit card debt-finance last Saturday's steak dinner over 15 years." Each of us who share his vision must implement it within our own circle of influence and maybe, some day...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ZenBowman 03-20-17
    ZenBowman 03-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ought to bring you to your knees"

    Some books inspire you. Others make you tremble and fall to your knees in repentance, horrified at the terrible things that you have helped create in the name of progress. If you are easily offended or prefer your spirituality to make you feel giggly inside, this isn't for you. If, on the other hand, you are willing to see that we have lived in error, and that The Spirit of the Age is leading us into a black hole, then you may proceed.

    But be warned: even those who pledged allegiance to the Creator failed to heed the words of the Prophet Jeremiah. Don't expect this not to hurt, at least at times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Lingner Dave Lingner 08-10-17
    David Lingner Dave Lingner 08-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Important book for our American culture"

    best book I've read on the subject. I'm going to have to buy hard copy for my library. gave me hope. re-energized me

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    Karen Trierweiler 06-10-17
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    "Spot on"

    We can thoroughly relate as we have watched in likewise dismay the destruction and perversion of our culture. Thank you for your witness, your insights, and most of all the hope this book instills.

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    Ed Macko 05-20-17
    Ed Macko 05-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A listen that will lead to a read"

    Wonderful words, intelligent insights on what was and what should be. An appreciation for truth, and for beauty, which Esolen passionately holds, is effectively imparted to the listener.

    Although the read was a bit overly dramatic in parts, this is a must listen. And will soon be a welcome addition to my bookshelf.

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    Terryn Middletown, Connecticut United States 05-04-17
    Terryn Middletown, Connecticut United States 05-04-17 Member Since 2011

    I like Star Wars, Foundation series, Redwall Series, Bloody Jack series, and westerns for fiction. In nonfiction, I like books about Catholic theology, American history and government, and economics.

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    "Excellent diagnosis and prescription for America"

    Anthony Esolen has written another excellent book about contemporary America. He is a keen observer of our society. He has a wondrous ability to drill down into the culture and diagnose what is wrong and the he offers real actions we can take to change the direction of our country.

    Dr. Esolen is very knowledgeable about both Western Civilization and the role Christianity played in building it. As an English professor he is also well versed in literature. With his broad base of knowledge he sees right through the lies of progressivism that are infecting our culture today. He easily shows how traditional Christian values are superior and more in conformity with human nature than modern progressivism. He points out how the leftist way of life has been a cancer that has spread misery and a loss of real freedom throughout our land under the guise of "liberty".

    This is a sobering book, but also a hopeful book. Before we can rescue our nation we must look at the existing problems honestly, and Professor Esolen has done this well, abandoning the shackles of political correctness. Yet he has done this in a reasonable, scholarly manner, not in a scolding manner.

    My heart burned while listening to this book. I am going to buy the print version as well so I can refer to the various chapters more easily in the future.

    If you care about America and its Jude's-Christian foundations, you will read this book.

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    MaryHelen 04-25-17
    MaryHelen 04-25-17
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    "A must read!"

    Loved the book! The book is written in such a way as to put into your mind vivid images of what is wrong with our culture today and while it seems hopeless he is able to offer real solutions to the problems we face. Again, in the solutions, you are able to see the images of what our world could be if we can find the courage.

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    Daniel United States 04-06-17
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    "Required reading for Christian fathers."

    A man who sees the degradation of society and wants better for his children would do well to heed the advice in this book. Useful also for the classical educator.

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    Michael Mckeown 04-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "disappointing"

    A lot of "good ol' days" reminiscing and moralizing. I was hoping for a more forward looking book. This was a wordy, poetic over idealistic view of how everything used to be perfect. Not much inspiration for "Rebuilding American Culture" as the title suggests.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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