Book Explores How Christians Can Improve Political Discourse

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Nancy Smithson Summerlin announces release of "Holy Politics: A Christian’s Guide to Political Discourse."

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Nancy Smithson Summerlin brings to the publishing scene a new book that can change the tone of debates and disagreements, even when it comes to the hot-button issues of politics. “Holy Politics: A Christian’s Guide to Political Discourse” (published by Xlibris) is both evocative and edifying as it applies timeless biblical principles to the current political environment. This book is useful for individual exploration and group study.

“How we speak to, and about, each other does matter if you believe what scripture says,” according to Summerlin. “Using language that shows respect for others is not about political correctness. It’s about biblical correctness.”

“Holy Politics: A Christian’s Guide to Political Discourse” provides insights into issues such as: fear, anger, wealth, poverty, immigration, and political power. This book is filled with biblical references that guide readers in their own search for answers about how to communicate in ways that honor the example of Jesus Christ.

“During the past few election cycles, it seemed that political candidates, elected officials and their supporters were claiming Christianity as a reason to mistrust people, even other Christians, who have different political ideas,” Summerlin explained. “As a citizen, I was disturbed that religion might be reduced to political ‘spin.’ As a pastor, I was disappointed by occasions when incendiary language was used in the name of Christianity. So, I went to the Bible to see what it says about how we might work together even when we disagree.”

This book is not intended to replace freedom of thought or to influence voting choices. It is, however, meant to provide biblical insights for people who claim that Christianity is part of how they make decisions, either as citizens or elected leaders. Although personally assembled and explained by the author, “Holy Politics” reflects a genuine attempt to keep personal biases to a minimum by focusing more on the cover-to-cover witness of scripture that readers can use to explore the Bible on their own.

“Holy Politics: A Christian’s Guide to Political Discourse”
By Nancy Smithson Summerlin
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524546113
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524546106
E-Book | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524546090
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Nancy Smithson Summerlin spent 25 years as a communicator and manager in the electric utility industry and for a large chemical production facility. In 2004, she left her corporate career to attend Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond where she was the chapel coordinator and received the E. T. George Award for excellence in homiletics, worship and public speaking. She has served small churches in Virginia and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and leads retreats at church conference centers.

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