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In Rules for Reformers, Douglas Wilson poaches the political craft of radical progressives and applies it to Christian efforts in the current culture war. The result is a spicy blend of combat manual and cultural manifesto. Rules for Reformers is a little bit proclamation of grace, a little bit Art of War, and a little bit analysis of past embarrassments and current cowardice, all mixed together with a bunch of advanced knife-fighting techniques. As motivating as it is provocative, Rules for Reformers is just plain good to hear.

Thanks to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals - a book well-beloved by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and many others - for much of the shrewd advice, and for none of the worldview.

©2015 Canon Press (P)2019 Canon Press

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I dont like it

this book comes off as an attempt to "Christianize" Saul Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals." While there are bits of truth scattered throughout, it was not what I was expecting. This book failed all of my expectations. Based on the title I expected it to be an application of reformed theology in a modern setting. I don't feel I got that. This book feels more like a secular song being used in church where the singers "church it up" to tickle peoples ears.

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A walk through fire!

This book has been to me as a walk through fire. And by fire I mean the very kind that we will face as our works are tested to determine if they are wood, hay, straw, or gold, silver, precious stones. It has burned some things out of my life while forging and purifying others. It’s not for the faint of heart but if you are looking for training and instruction for war we believers are in you should listen to this book.

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must read

a wonderful book that will inspire a generation of christian culture warriors. doug killed it on this one.

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Biblical sarcasm at its finest.

This has so many golden intellectual throat punches against and immoral world. A must listen.

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If you're not postmillennial, you'll wish you were

Must read for any Christian wanting to engage the secular world with biblical standards...along with a little godly sarcasm as well.

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Moscow Gameplan

This is a classic Doug Wilson book: writing a gameplan for Christians who want to take on the culture and establishment unapologetically. Part one covers the strategy (the best part of the book in my opinion) and then part two is really a series of articles on different obstacles and difficulties, all the while pointing to Christ as the reason for doing what we do.

The second half is a little less interesting, as it becomes more of Wilson's personal musings than articulated strategy, but it helps get inside his head and his approach to engagement.

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A true arsonist at his best!

"Rules for Reformers" is an extremely helpful guide for the Christian looking to tactically build in these lost and soft times. The Church must again truly believe, repent, and live accordingly. This book is to the point and without decorative icing. It packs a punch and will likely aid in bringing believers to repentance as much as non (it definitely has changed my perspective in many ways). Wilson demonstrates a reformed Christian worldview as it should be; unapologetic, unashamed, and unwavered. A padded room and participation trophy don't stand a lasting chance.

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Pause any other podcast or book… start this one ASAP.

Not enough space in this little white box to correctly articulate the power behind this book. You must read this book. You must ingest this book. If you desire to make impact on this place or on the people God has woven into your story, don’t hesitate. Time is limited, then you get your casket and flowers, push play.

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Worth your time

This work by Wilson will show you the rhyme in his madness and by that I mean it ties together his various works ranging from the classics, to raising children, to making fun of everybody.

Wilson has been waging a war of reformation all these years and now you have the chance to hear what he’s been fighting for and how he’s been fighting.

I wish I had been exposed to this book years ago, it would have helped me think rightly about engaging the broader culture as a Christian in our fallen world.

Key insight in this reading: mere Christendom. Only the Christian worldview can provide our society with the premises, authority, and grace to support human flourishing.

Key conviction personally: fight begins at home with my family.

Toby is a great narrator. My biggest beef: he botched the pronunciation of Calormen in the reference to the Last Battle.

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Best work on culture war practical advice

Doug Wilson is one of the greatest gifts to the church we have had in the past century. His charismatic, wry style make this book come alive, even while working through the map of the war and giving orders to the troops. Everything about it is encouraging, and motivating. This book should be put at the front of every Christian’s reading list, immediately.

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  • Carlin
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Excellent

Just what I've been looking for over the past few years - a mature, Biblical approach to cultural and political engagement, without the Marxist nonsense.

Doug approaches political conservatism with a mature Biblical wisdom, redeeming that which is good and true and important (such as free market capitalism, limited government, and freedom), and rejecting that which is worldly (putting party over Christ, and "secular" conservatism).
A great listen, lots of wit and clever humour, although some of the references went over my head. I really appreciate Doug's boldness to speak the truth with a touch of satire, and then to not apologise for it.

There's a few small phrases he made which I'd want to clarify with him and perhaps push back on a little bit, but overall this was an excellent book. Really, everything he talks about are things we should all agree on!

It combines Biblical theology with Chesterton's wit in Orthodoxy.
I long to see more Christians develop this kind of mature approach to true cultural engagement that truly honours Christ.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-19

Highly recommended this book

I would encourage whoever to read this book whether your on the Right or the Left.