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Friday, November 11, 2011

CBM Review - Raised Right

Author - Alisa Harris
 A personal account

Excerpt: "Working to correct  those first bad drafts has made me strive for more charity in my everday life. It has shown me that I don't always  live out the things I know to be true because complaining about falsehood is so much more convenient  than living out a radical alternative."

       Alisa Harris sets it off in this book.  A young woman full of Christian principles and political ideals allows the reader to walk with her as she puts these two powerful forces in perspective for her life.
       I think the main point of the writing is to share, awaken and educate us to unspoken things on our own journey.  Sometimes we don’t know what we believe till we experience a shaking in our lives.

      One of my favorite scenes is a good example of this; it happened at a quiet Brooklyn coffee shop. Our heroine experienced an unusual but monumental meltdown complete with tears, shouting and name calling while defending a young downtrodden woman. 

      At this point in her untangling Ms. Harris was on the verge of finding her own voice as a child of God that happens to be a responsible citizen in the world. While she is developing her own reasons for believing or fighting for what's right her parents would say she was raised this way.

     The story speaks to the readers where ever they may be - socially, spiritually and politically. Either you’ve encountered someone like Alisa with her Christian passion and well versed political convictions or maybe this describes you. Nevertheless there is something necessary for us all to understand.

      According to the author there are many intentional and unintentional influences in life but God is the only wise one. He has a plan for the faceless person in your peripheral on the street, the purposeful parents, the impressionable and the government official wearing a $300 suit. We can’t be afraid to live out our convictions in love.

     I also gained a better understanding of the political Christian perspective. Maybe answered some of my unasked questions about my role as a Christian and participant in the political process.  The author definitely kept it real, at times admonishing us by her experiences or enlightening us through her observations.  This is a resounding testimony of how God can shape us into vessels for his purpose! 

Lines that stood out:

Expressed by Alisa Harris - (page7-8)
"Working to correct those first bad drafts has made me strive for more charity in my everyday life."

Take away scripture: (Jeremiah 29:11)

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

CBM gave Raised Right  ...... 3B's

The story went beyond expectations. It pointed to Christ,

connected the storyline to the scripture and took the reader on an interesting journey.



pray without ceasing.
Read your Bible every day and apply it till the Bridegroom comes!

Your sister in Christ

Disclaimer : Raised Right “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.