Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, by Rod Dreher

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  • Author: Rod Dreher

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Rod Dreher, New York Times bestselling author of The Benedict Option, expands on the wisdom of Christian survivors of Soviet persecution to warn American Christians of approaching dangers.
For years Rod Dreher has heard émigrés from the former Soviet bloc telling him they see telltale signs of soft totalitarianism coming up in America, something more akin to Brave New World than Nineteen Eight-Four. Identity politics are starting to encroach on every aspect of life. Civil liberties are often seen as a threat to safety. Progressives marginalize conservative, traditional Christians, and others they see as dissenters. Technology and consumerism give rise the possibility of a corporate surveillance state. With the pandemic putting millions out of work, our country is especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation.
In Live Not By Lies, Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by the brave men and women who battled totalitarianism. He reveals how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation. He shares the stories of modern-day dissidence such as clergy, laity, martyrs, and confessors from the Soviet Union and the captive nations of Europe who provide practical advice for how to identify and resist totalitarianism in our time. Following the model provided by a prophetic World War II-era pastor who prepared believers in his Eastern European to endure the coming of communism, Live Not By Lies teaches American Christians a method for resistance:
- SEE: Acknowledge the reality of the situation.
- JUDGE: Assess the reality in the light of what we as Christians know to be true.
- ACT: Take action to protect truth.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn famously declared that one of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming totalitarianism can't happen in their country. Many American Christians are making that mistake today, sleepwalking through the erosion of our freedoms. Live Not By Lies is a wake up call to equip believers for the long resistance.


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