The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right

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The unholy alliance of the Political Right and Religious Right threatens to destroy the America we love. It also threatens to generate a popular aversion to God and religion by identifying religious values with a pro war, pro business, pro rich, anti science, and anti environmental stance. In the past few decades, the Republicans have achieved political dominance by forging a union with a Religious Right that provided a sanctimonious veneer to policies that help the rich get richer while ignoring the needs of the middle class and the poor, dismantling environmental and civil liberties protections, and seeking global domination. The Right champions the materialism, and ruthless selfishness promoted by the global competitive marketplace, and then laments the moral crisis when the values that people have learned all day in the world of work gets carried home into personal life and contributes to family instability and a culture of loneliness. Enter the Religious Right with nurturing communities for the faithful and a culture that blames liberals, activist judges, and all secular people for the moral and spiritual emptiness so many Americans experience. Yet however distorted the Right's analysis and solutions to America's spiritual crisis is, it wins allegiance by addressing this hunger for a life with some higher purpose. The Left, on the other hand, remains largely tone deaf to the spiritual needs of the American people.

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"An enormously important book.practical steps we can take to launch a spiritual revolution and save this beautiful planet." -- Robert Thurman

"Lerner articulates . a vision of hope that taps into the spiritual needs of all people." -- Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives

"A highly decent and challenging critique." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Part social critique, part save-the-world primer, The Left Hand of God brims with hopeful proposals."--Houston Chronicle

"The Left Hand of God serves the vital purpose of articulating a progressive religious alternative."--Washington Post Book World

"A book that sends a clear call to everyone who cares about the future of America."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A brilliant and penetrating analysis of the way religion is now used politically .... "--John Shelby Spong

"Just sharing these profound ideas that Lerner presents in such an accessible manner is itself a great contribution you could make to healing our country"--Cornel West, author of Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism

"[A] practical, compelling vision of a politics of generosity."--Walter Bruggemann

"The Left Hand of God is essential reading for everyone concerned about the future of this country."--Fritjof Capra

"A renewed politics far more profound than either the Republicans or the Democrats have been able to muster...."--Richard Upford-Chase, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA

"[T]his book pulsates with life and spirit and the passion of the prophets of old. Bravo! "--Matthew Fox

"Lerner is a rare voice of sanity and intelligence in a nation where our moral values have been corrupted ...."--Howard Zinn

"An insightful, inspiring book by Rabbi Lerner that can put America back on track."--Arun Gandhi, president, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

"THE LEFT HAND OF GOD reclaims the common ground of peace and social justice which gird all authentic spiritualities...."--Reverend John Dear

"Lerner articulates ... a vision of hope that taps into the spiritual needs of all people."--Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives

"Rabbi Lerner makes sense, finds meaning and sees hope in an America many feel is spiraling downward into destructive divisions."--Harvey Cox

"[T]he blueprint for transforming the conscious heart of a nation ...."--Michael Franti, Musician

"Lerner's spiritually based politics is just what this country needs."--Tony Campolo

"Lerner's needed voice for progressive spirituality will find resonance across many faith traditions. I'm deeply grateful for his work."--Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian

"Lerner's proposal is a visionary response to this urgent need ..."--Richard Gere

"An enormously important book...practical steps we can take to launch a spiritual revolution and save this beautiful planet."--Robert Thurman

"For those who dare to imagine a country where peace, freedom, and justice prevail...."--Spirituality and Health magazine

"A highly decent and challenging critique."--Kirkus Reviews

"A provocative invitation to the broad dialogue we need..."--Christian Century

"A serious critique of how both the religious right and liberals have used and abused the influence of religion ...."--America Magazine

"A rallying cry and a theoretical and scholarly analysis of the appeal of the religious right."--Boston Globe

"Many will find Lerner's 8-point "Spiritual Covenant with America" revitalizing grist for discussion...."--Providence Journal

"The blueprint for the next stage in the spiritual development of our planet."--Deepak Chopra

"In this important book, Lerner shows us how we can reclaim truths that we are in danger of losing. "--Karen Armstrong

"Spiritual commitment requires political action, or amounts to nothing. That is the fundamental truth of The Left Hand of God."--George Lakoff, author of Don't Think of An Elephant

Just sharing these profound ideas that Lerner presents in such an accessible manner is itself a great contribution you could make to healing our country --Cornel West, author of Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism"

The Left Hand of God is essential reading for everyone concerned about the future of this country. --Fritjof Capra"

[A] practical, compelling vision of a politics of generosity. --Walter Bruggemann"

Lerner s spiritually based politics is just what this country needs. --Tony Campolo"

Lerner s proposal is a visionary response to this urgent need --Richard Gere"

A brilliant and penetrating analysis of the way religion is now used politically . --John Shelby Spong"

[T]his book pulsates with life and spirit and the passion of the prophets of old. Bravo! --Matthew Fox"

Lerner is a rare voice of sanity and intelligence in a nation where our moral values have been corrupted . --Howard Zinn"

An insightful, inspiring book by Rabbi Lerner that can put America back on track. --Arun Gandhi, president, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence"

[T]he blueprint for transforming the conscious heart of a nation . --Michael Franti, Musician"

In this important book, Lerner shows us how we can reclaim truths that we are in danger of losing. --Karen Armstrong"

Spiritual commitment requires political action, or amounts to nothing. That is the fundamental truth of The Left Hand of God. --George Lakoff, author of Don't Think of An Elephant"

Rabbi Lerner makes sense, finds meaning and sees hope in an America many feel is spiraling downward into destructive divisions. --Harvey Cox"

Lerner articulates a vision of hope that taps into the spiritual needs of all people. --Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives"

THE LEFT HAND OF GOD reclaims the common ground of peace and social justice which gird all authentic spiritualities . --Reverend John Dear"

A renewed politics far more profound than either the Republicans or the Democrats have been able to muster . --Richard Upford-Chase, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA"

Lerner s needed voice for progressive spirituality will find resonance across many faith traditions. I m deeply grateful for his work. --Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian"

An enormously important book practical steps we can take to launch a spiritual revolution and save this beautiful planet. --Robert Thurman"

The blueprint for the next stage in the spiritual development of our planet. --Deepak Chopra"

A highly decent and challenging critique. --Kirkus Reviews"

A book that sends a clear call to everyone who cares about the future of America. --Los Angeles Times Book Review"

The Left Hand of God serves the vital purpose of articulating a progressive religious alternative. --Washington Post Book World"

A provocative invitation to the broad dialogue we need --Christian Century"

Part social critique, part save-the-world primer, The Left Hand of God brims with hopeful proposals. --Houston Chronicle"

Many will find Lerner s 8-point Spiritual Covenant with America revitalizing grist for discussion.... --Providence Journal"

For those who dare to imagine a country where peace, freedom, and justice prevail.... --Spirituality and Health magazine"

A serious critique of how both the religious right and liberals have used and abused the influence of religion . --America Magazine"

A rallying cry and a theoretical and scholarly analysis of the appeal of the religious right. --Boston Globe"

About the Author:

Rabbi Michael Lerner is an internationally renowned social theorist, theologian, psychotherapist, and the editor of Tikkun magazine. He earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute. Lerner is rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue, which meets in San Francisco and Berkeley.

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