Thursday, October 21, 2021

FORMER U.S. CONGRESSMAN, SENATOR JIM DEMINT joins us to talk about the current events of the day and his new book:

:SATAN’S DARE: A NOVEL

Publisher: ‎ Fidelis Publishing (May 19, 2021)

“Satan’s Dare is different from any other Jim DeMint book, and it very well may be his most important.” —Glenn Beck

“Satan’s Dare is a powerful story that will confirm the faith of Christians and challenge skeptics to search for real truth.” —Dr. M. G. “Pat” Robertson

The Bible is often presented as an antiquated document filled with mysterious prophesies, unbelievable fables, and arbitrary decisions by a God whose actions range from anger and vengeance to love and forgiveness. The Bible’s creation story appears to be at complete odds with more credible scientific explanations of the origins and evolution of life. And believers in Biblical truth are further challenged by haunting questions about why a good God would create a world so full of evil, pain, suffering and death. Satan’s Dare takes these issues and questions head on.

JIM DEMINT serves as Chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute where he continues to fight for conservative principles through the organization’s work with Members of Congress. DeMint represented South Carolina in the U.S. House (1999-2005) and U.S. Senate (2005-2013).

WEBSITE: https://www.cpi.org/

Known for policy innovation, he authored leading conservative reforms to health care, education, taxes, and entitlements. DeMint garnered national acclaim from conservatives for leading efforts to ban congressional earmarks, the source of billions of dollars of wasteful spending for decades which had led to corruption and widespread abuse. He also successfully led the fight to stop the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill in 2007. DeMint is also the Founder of the Senate Conservatives Fund, which played a major role in the election of many of the Senate’s leading conservatives like Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Tom Cotton. DeMint then served as the President of The Heritage Foundation for four years, taking the organization to new heights of influence. Under DeMint’s direction, Heritage played a major role in the Trump transition team, with the policy series “Mandate for Leadership” used as the basis for the President’s first budget and numerous other administration reforms. During DeMint’s tenure, Heritage partnered with the Federalist Society to create a list of possible Supreme Court judicial nominations that culminated in the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. President Trump appointed DeMint to the White House Economic Advisory Board in 2020.

CHINA’S VISION OF VICTORY by Jonathan D T Ward  (Author)

Publisher: ‎ Atlas Publishing and Media Company (March 31, 2019)

Someday we may say that we never saw it coming. After seventy-five years of peace in the Pacific, a new challenger to American power has emerged, on a scale not seen in generations. Working from a deep sense of national destiny, the Chinese Communist Party is guiding a country of 1.4 billion people towards what it calls “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” and, with it, the end of an American-led world. Will this generation witness the final act for America as a superpower? Can American ingenuity, confidence, and will power outcompete the long-term strategic thinking and planning of China’s Communist Party? These are the challenges that will shape the next decade and more. China’s Vision of Victory brings the reader to a new understanding of China’s planning, strategy, and ambitions. From seabed to space, from Africa to the Arctic, from subsurface warfare to the rise of China’s global corporations, this book will illuminate for the reader the new great game of our lifetimes, and how our adversary sees it all.

DR. JONATHAN D. T. WARD has been studying the rise of China for over a decade.

WEBSITE: https://atlasorganization.com/

From travels with truck caravans in Tibet and across the South China Sea by cargo ship in his early twenties, to accessing Communist Party archives that have now been closed to the world while a PhD candidate at Oxford, to consulting for the US Department of Defense and Fortune 500 organizations, he has brought experience of a traveler, the discipline of a scholar, and the insight of a strategy consultant to one of the toughest, biggest pictures of our time: what does China want, how will it try to get it, and what should America do? Dr. Ward is Founder of Atlas Organization, a consultancy focused on the rise of India and China, and on US-China global competition. He speaks Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Arabic. A US citizen, Dr. Ward earned his PhD in China-India relations and his M.St. in Global and Imperial History at the University of Oxford.

THE VANISHING: FAITH, LOSS, AND THE TWILIGHT OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE LAND OF THE PROPHETS by Janine di Giovanni (Author)

Publisher: PublicAffairs (October 5, 2021)

The Vanishing reveals the plight and possible extinction of Christian communities across Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and Palestine after 2,000 years in their historical homeland.

Some of the countries that first nurtured and characterized Christianity – along the North African Coast, on the Euphrates and across the Middle East and Arabia – are the ones in which it is likely to first go extinct. Christians are already vanishing. We are past the tipping point, now tilted toward the end of Christianity in its historical homeland. Christians have fled the lands where their prophets wandered, where Jesus Christ preached, where the great Doctors and hierarchs of the early church established the doctrinal norms that would last millennia.

From Syria to Egypt, the cities of northern Iraq to the Gaza Strip, ancient communities, the birthplaces of prophets and saints, are losing any living connection to the religion that once was such a characteristic feature of their social and cultural lives.

In The Vanishing, Janine di Giovanni has combined astonishing journalistic work to discover the last traces of small, hardy communities that have become wisely fearful of outsiders and where ancient rituals are quietly preserved amid 360 degree threats. Di Giovanni’s riveting personal stories and her conception of faith and hope are intertwined throughout the chapters. The book is a unique act of pre-archeology: the last chance to visit the living religion before all that will be left are the stones of the past.

JANINE DI GIOVANNI is a multi-award winning journalist and author, a Senior Fellow and Professor at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

WEBSITE: https://www.janinedigiovanni.com/

She is the winner of a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2020 was awarded the Blake Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for her lifetime achievement in non-fiction; it has previously been awarded to Alexander Stille and Elizabeth Kolbert. She has won a dozen other international awards. Her accolades are well-deserved; she has written and reported from the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East, where she witnessed the siege of Sarajevo, the fall of Grozny and the destruction of Srebrenica and Rwanda in 1994, as well as more than a dozen active conflicts.