Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction by David Kuo, J. David Kuo


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  • Pub. Date: October 2006
  • 304pp
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    • Pub. Date: October 2006
    • Publisher:Free Press
    • Format: Hardcover, 304pp


    David Kuo came to Washington wanting to use his Christian faith to end abortion, strengthen marriage, and help the poor. He reached the heights of political power, ultimately serving in the White House under George W. Bush. It was a dream come true: the chance to fuse his politics and his faith, and an opportunity for Christians not just to gain a seat at the proverbial table but also to plan the entire meal. Yet his experience was deeply troubling. He had been seduced, just as so many evangelical conservatives had been seduced by politics. Tempting Faith is a wrenching personal journey and a heartfelt plea for a Christian reexamination of political and spiritual priorities.

    Read Tempting Faith, written by a real compassionate conservative, and weep for the loss of what could have been. Then beware of those who would manipulate genuine faith for partisan political purposes."

    — Jim Wallis, bestselling author of God's Politics

    "The best kind of sermon, the most revealing and meaningful kind of testimony. At [Kuo's] call for action, you want to give [him] a loud 'amen.'"

    The Hartford Courant

    "Though Tempting Faith is a story about the Bush presidency, it is even more a story about Mr. Kuo. As much as it is a story about politics, it is also a story about faith."

    The New York Times

    "Tempting Faith is one of those rare Washington books that is worth reading — clearly written, disarmingly honest, thoughtfully introspective, and unusually substantive.... A refreshingly honest account of how politics can seduce the best intentioned and the most naïve."

    The American Conservative

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    David Kuo served as Special Assistant to the President under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. He has worked for numerous conservative leaders, including John Ashcroft, William Bennett, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole, and Ralph Reed. He is the author of the Good Morning America Book Club selection Dot.Bomb: My Days and Nights at an Internet Goliath. He currently serves as the Washington editor of the Beliefnet Web site.

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    May 24, 2007: Okay, I must confess that parts of previous reviews of this work are probably correct, but for whatever faults 'Tempting Faith' might contain (the writer being human, after all) this is a book for everyone, wherever they are on the political/religious scene, to at least read and consider. Kuo doesn't mask his humanity and proneness to error but neither is he a slave to it. It's woth the cover price and worth your while.

    Morally Bankruptby Anonymous

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    May 17, 2007: Kuo's account of his months inside the White House raise significant issues about his character.There were several pivotal moments where he could have made a positive difference in American politics.But instead, like the proverbial lambs to the slaughter,he simply followed those whom he identified as morally bankrupt and represented the exact opposite of what he claimed were his Christian beliefs.While the book chronicles his awakening after several episodes of backsliding into expediency, it is poorly written,contains numeorus grammatical errors and flows about as well as bare feet on gravel.If this work occasions his personal catharsis, he is to be congratulated.But an insightful and quality publication it is not.This is not the manual for Christians in politics.

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