Breaking the rules: A review of Raised Right by Alisa Harris

Everyone knows you’re not supposed to talk about religion or politics, right? Especially if you don’t want to start an argument.

Alisa Harris does both in her memoir Raised Right: How I Untangled My Faith from Politics. What she writes is sure to ruffle some feathers.

In a world where a vote for president often comes down to the lesser of two so-called evils, is purely partisan and sometimes divisive,¬†Harris’ book is a refreshingly honest and humble point of view on faith and politics and where the two should (and shouldn’t) meet.

Harris was raised in a conservative Christian home in a family that actively protested at abortion clinics and always voted Republican. She believed then that the right people in power could save the country.

Through college and into adulthood, those beliefs were challenged and Harris began to question whether what she was taught to believe about politics and religion was the only way.

Her story navigates the waters where some fear to tread, introducing the idea that people can be pro-life and Democrat, opposed to abortion but pro-choice,   feminists who love their families and conservatives who care about the poor.

“Not all of them are right but neither are they heretics,” Harris writes.

In a time of questioning my political allegiances (and whether patriotic hymns should be sung in church), I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a well-written and wise reminder for Christians that politics does not save us. “We can make political the things that are political and make spiritual the things that are spiritual,” Harris says.

If you’re fed up with the religious aspects of politics, read this book.

If you want to understand the people who are fed up with the religious aspects of politics, read this book.

If you like a good true-life story, read this book.

Want a preview? Click here for chapter one.


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