Synopses & Reviews
President Carter has written importantly about his spiritual life and faith. In Living Faith
, a huge bestseller, he recounted the values and experiences that shaped his personal and political life. In his companion book Sources of Strength
, also a bestseller, 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.
"By adding his own voice to the discussion, Carter reminds us of a time when religion was tied to such virtues as humility and to such practices as soul-searching. He may not have been one of our best presidents, but he is undoubtedly one of our finest human beings." The Washington Post
"This is a book of reason and tolerance but also of indignation....This book is an eloquent personal testament that deserves a wide readership, regardless of political affiliation. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"Plenty to nit-pick, but Carter's overarching decency, his care for the human condition, and the health of planet Earth shines through." Kirkus Reviews
"This book is a worthy read for those who are concerned about the nation's problems and want to see the issues spelled out more clearly by someone who has shared in the secrets and responsibilities of the Oval Office." Rocky Mountain News
About the Author
Jimmy Carter, who served as thirty-ninth President of the United States, was born in Plains, Georgia, in 1924. After leaving the White House, he and his wife, Rosalynn, founded the Atlanta-based Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health around the world. The author of numerous books, including the bestselling memoir An Hour Before Daylight, Jimmy Carter was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.