FINDING INNER PEACE AND STRENGTH by Jerry Falwell

FINDING INNER PEACE AND STRENGTH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The polemical lion of Listen, America (1980) purrs devoutly in this bland, apolitical tract. Apart from an occasional, almost absent-minded swipe at ""secular humanism,"" Falwell ignores his Moral Majority enemies' list (peaceniks, feminists, welfare cheaters, etc.) and alternately threatens and consoles readers in a series of Fundamentalist homilies that sound like transcripts from ""The Old-Time Gospel Hour."" Falwell's bottom line is grim, not to say outrageous: all non-Christians (which includes a lot of pseudo-Christians) are ""robbed of unspeakable happiness and peace"" on earth and will ""meet God, unprepared, and spend eternity in hell."" But neither Falwell nor anyone else could get very far with that discouraging theme nowadays, so he turns from hellfire to short-term psychic distress (""Worry is slaying its tens of thousands"") and pours out vague, predictable advice. ""Seek to live like Jesus Christ."" ""You should be a Bible student."" ""There is no shortcut to holiness."" Christians, it seems, have to pray, sweat, and suffer--without losing any income or questioning the system in the process. And, in any case, they should cheer up immediately, because ""For every problem, God has a planned solution."" (Unfortunately, Falwell doesn't say what God's solution to any concrete problem might be.) Feeble stuff--but could be worse.

Pub Date: Aug. 13th, 1982
Publisher: Doubleday