REVIEW: “Hope of Nations”

by ggeurs

This is a review of the book Hope of Nations: Standing Strong in a Post-Truth, Post-Christian World by John Dickerson.

This book is okay.

I’ll admit this not the best way to start a review about a book, but it seems to fit in this sense. No matter what a person feels like the words good, awesome, etc. mean, most people have a consistent interpretation of the word “okay.” To that end, Hope of Nations by John Dickerson is okay.

The book is very well-researched; skimming the notes section at the end of the book, as well as observing all the different things Dickerson references in the text both give clear evidence to the fact that JD knows what he is talking about. All the information and analysis that Dickerson presents is done so in a straightforward manner which makes sense to the reader.

Dickerson presents the historical trends from the United States’s establishment as a Truth-Based (founded on a fixed set of principles by which laws, etc. are interpreted) to its slow, steady trajectory towards becoming a Post-Truth nation (laws, etc. are defined by experience and what feels right). Dickerson shows through his research other countries -Germany and Russia- whose culture shifted in similar ways to how ours is transforming now and how they turned out. He presents research from Pew, Gallup, and other research organizations, and lays out the dangers behind them. He wraps up the book with a nine-part plan for how Christians should respond in the face of this shift.

But for all of it, the book is okay.

While I can see what a shift from capitalism to socialism breeds problems, and I can understand why it is troubling that the next generation will not lean on its heritage for guidance, something bothered me while reading. In Hope of Nations, Dickerson in the first couple chapters lays out his themes and major ideas, but then continues to repeat them continually. This feeling of “come on, you said that already, so show me the why” started to come up in my mind early and wouldn’t stop until the last part about how the Church should respond. There were parts throughout which felt long to the point that I almost checked out during reading and skipped to the end.

In the end, Hope of Nations is okay.

I received my copy of the book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for reading it and reviewing it. The opinions expressed are solely my own.