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Out of the Ashes Audiobook

Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture

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Publisher's Summary

It's not your imagination: civilized human society is collapsing. Communities no longer work toward a common good; children are no longer our first priority; businesses no longer value hard work; arts and skills have been lost; and gender is decided by the individual, not biology.

We cannot reverse national and global trends, says professor Anthony Esolen, but we can build communities that live up to humanity's promise and responsibility. In Out of the Ashes, Esolen identifies the gaping problems in our society and lays out a blueprint for reconstruction that puts our future in the hands of individuals focused on the good of the local community.

©2017 eChristian (P)2017 eChristian

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  • Thucydides
    Canada
    05/06/17
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    "Intelligence, manly spirit, politically incorrect"

    This is a must read for anyone who likes to be challenged. Even if you disagree with much, which is likely, you will be challenged to say why. Is American democracy a barbarous tyranny? Whatever your political persuasion, he argues persuasively from the twin perspective of Catholicism and the Pagan Greeks that something has gone terribly wrong in America (and in Canada too). Whether or not you appreciate that he calls Hillary Clinton a whore, he explains why in such a way that elevates the conversation. His analysis of modern culture as either garish or drab is spot on, and his use of metaphor is memorable, for example: plywood.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • JRRTFAN
    10/03/17
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    "Excellent"

    Excellence is Esolen's standard and he met his standard again. Would that his vision could be accomplished. Everything conspires against it, the media, the Hollywood elite, the tech industry (cf. Snapchat), the banks: "a home equity line is perfect to consolidate credit card debt-finance last Saturday's steak dinner over 15 years." Each of us who share his vision must implement it within our own circle of influence and maybe, some day...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • ZenBowman
    20/03/17
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    "Ought to bring you to your knees"

    Some books inspire you. Others make you tremble and fall to your knees in repentance, horrified at the terrible things that you have helped create in the name of progress. If you are easily offended or prefer your spirituality to make you feel giggly inside, this isn't for you. If, on the other hand, you are willing to see that we have lived in error, and that The Spirit of the Age is leading us into a black hole, then you may proceed.

    But be warned: even those who pledged allegiance to the Creator failed to heed the words of the Prophet Jeremiah. Don't expect this not to hurt, at least at times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • apnp
    04/10/17
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    "Good model to revive"

    Excellent analogies it truly makes you want what had been lost - simple pleasures in life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • THOMAS R ALESSI
    Omaha, NE
    01/10/17
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    "dream"

    This book provides the opportunity to remember a time past, with the opinion that it can be revisited in time. Sure portions of the past could in fact return, my question is how can we fit in and prosper with the current and future times?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • c a in California
    Belmont, Ca. USA
    30/09/17
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    "Like a walk in the clouds."

    What a wonderful exploration of what has been, what is now, and what may yet be. This book is a worthy read for those who care about rebuilding civilization and need to know how. We need not wait; we can start now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Lingner
    Dave Lingner
    10/08/17
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    "Important book for our American culture"

    best book I've read on the subject. I'm going to have to buy hard copy for my library. gave me hope. re-energized me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Trierweiler
    10/06/17
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    "Spot on"

    We can thoroughly relate as we have watched in likewise dismay the destruction and perversion of our culture. Thank you for your witness, your insights, and most of all the hope this book instills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ed Macko
    20/05/17
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    "A listen that will lead to a read"

    Wonderful words, intelligent insights on what was and what should be. An appreciation for truth, and for beauty, which Esolen passionately holds, is effectively imparted to the listener.

    Although the read was a bit overly dramatic in parts, this is a must listen. And will soon be a welcome addition to my bookshelf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terryn
    Middletown, Connecticut United States
    04/05/17
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    "Excellent diagnosis and prescription for America"

    Anthony Esolen has written another excellent book about contemporary America. He is a keen observer of our society. He has a wondrous ability to drill down into the culture and diagnose what is wrong and the he offers real actions we can take to change the direction of our country.

    Dr. Esolen is very knowledgeable about both Western Civilization and the role Christianity played in building it. As an English professor he is also well versed in literature. With his broad base of knowledge he sees right through the lies of progressivism that are infecting our culture today. He easily shows how traditional Christian values are superior and more in conformity with human nature than modern progressivism. He points out how the leftist way of life has been a cancer that has spread misery and a loss of real freedom throughout our land under the guise of "liberty".

    This is a sobering book, but also a hopeful book. Before we can rescue our nation we must look at the existing problems honestly, and Professor Esolen has done this well, abandoning the shackles of political correctness. Yet he has done this in a reasonable, scholarly manner, not in a scolding manner.

    My heart burned while listening to this book. I am going to buy the print version as well so I can refer to the various chapters more easily in the future.

    If you care about America and its Jude's-Christian foundations, you will read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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