A republic if we can keep it? Yes we can
Four books by John Andrews to bring out the best in us
ONE: We all live by stories. It was a close-knit family in the heartland that ignited my calling to serve faith and freedom, and that goes on. Bonded since boyhood with my younger brother Jim, we’re as close as ever though now living a continent apart. Reaching our seventies, we took a double dare to retrace our divergent lives in a little book of essays.
Downstream: An American Album is the result. So much river we’ve journeyed, so many stories to relive. Taking turns at lead oar, Jim and I reflect on our schooling and military years, marriage and careers, travels and a few travails. Though we keep religion and politics in the background, God’s hand on us is evident. This is the most personal of my books, and the most rewarding to have worked on — for truly the life examined is more worth living. Who knows, perhaps looking in on our self-exam will launch you on one of your own. ‘DOWNSTREAM’ ORDER NOW
TWO: How can each of us apply the principles of America’s founding to issues of self-government in these tumultuous times? What’s it mean to be a conservative in the new political landscape? What would a right turn look like in your state?
My book Backbone Colorado USA: Dispatches from the Divide is a hundred short essays exploring those questions, as timely as this morning's news. Whether devouring it straight or munching it like popcorn, you'll savor this book. ‘BACKBONE’ ORDER NOW
THREE: What are the ideals that have made the United States a beacon for the world? What’s ahead for an America that’s awaking to personal responsibility, finished with freedom on the cheap? What does "great again” require of you and me as citizens?
My book Responsibility Reborn: A Citizen's Guide to the Next American Century offers answers learned during 40 years in the arena.
Its rallying cry for Element R, a citizens movement transcending both parties, foresaw the seismic politics of 2016 and since. It belongs in your library!
FOUR: Imagine a citizen legislator whose freedom philosophy keeps bumping into the human dilemmas of civic virtue. That's my fictional alter ego George Leland, serving with the Covenant Party in the Senate minority at his state capitol in Hamilton.
Senator Leland: American on Duty is now a series of five, as George fights for reelection in “Win True: A School Story.” Previously we saw him navigating a love story with Susan Washington and a movie story with Mike Loomis, a crime story with Clay Rice and a fake-news story with Lisa Kilgore. Here’s a book that challenges us to think deeper about what freedom is for.