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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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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.

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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...

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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.

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Pronunciation, Please?

I was stunned to hear the (presumably professional) narrator mis-pronounce a number of basic words in this text. At first I thought it was simply my own ignorance of correct pronunciation of the words in question, but later I looked a couple up. Nope, the narrator is just plain wrong. He needs to go look up the proper pronunciation of “polyphony”, for example, and “Simone Weil,” as well as a number of others.

I wouldn’t normally complain, except that I paid money for this book (which in part argues for the need for a renewed sense of excellence in all things), but mainly because it distracted me from the otherwise excellent work of the author.

I wish I had purchased the print version.

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A well told story

I agree with everything Mr. Esolen says in this book about the cultural state of the USA. There is a lot of sadness in my heart about our cultural demise. All of this is expressed eloquently. I wish more was said about the clergy's role in our cultural demise or the underlying socioeconomic factors involved. I remind Mr. Esolen of some of Jesus' parting words: ...I have overcome the world."

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Clarity for our age

The content covered is dealt with authority.The author writes with conviction and candor, the narrator is fantastic and each chapter leaves you wanting more and more...can't say enough about the value of this work and the joy it has been to listen to !!!

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Great Book

This is a great book. Good for pondering from where we've come, where we are, and what we need to do to restore society to sanity. Though the author doesn't give concrete solutions, I liked that. He leaves it to people, to subsidiarity of communities to figure out the best methods of applying the medicinal salve of truth to their community. Again, a good and worthy book to be read. Do it.

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Esolen shows American Phoenix is possible

As is usually the case with Esolen, this book is well done overall. He does a great job putting flesh on the bare bones of a problem by providing many anecdotes and historical precedents. My only objection is his literary prowess can sometimes use things that perhaps are not as fitting for our Catholic faith as he presents them... for example, I would shy away from using Tolkien or any other myth based literature to buttress arguments. Contrary to modern thinking, myth has never been used well to support truth. One other objection is that sometimes he can be a little too immodest in explaining issues surrounding the lust-filled world we live in. That having been said, I and others with me have listened to a couple of his chapters in this book on manhood and womanhood several times without tiring. Esolen is truly an excellent author and I recommend ALL his books.
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Good model to revive

Excellent analogies it truly makes you want what had been lost - simple pleasures in life!

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dream

This book provides the opportunity to remember a time past, with the opinion that it can be revisited in time. Sure portions of the past could in fact return, my question is how can we fit in and prosper with the current and future times?