A debut book presents a wide-ranging critique of America’s problems—and the world’s—both political and spiritual.
Luce packs an epic level of social analysis into a moderate-sized volume, taking on topics as utterly diverse as the nature of God and the trouble with the U.S. Postal Service. After serving with the military in three wars and having been excommunicated from his denomination for disagreements on doctrine, the author provides an open, honest, and studied examination of how the world can be made a better place to live. This work is divided into two parts, one covering politics and the other surveying religion. Luce is unflinching in his criticism of politicians and their parties as he seeks to inform the reader of the crises facing America and the globe. At times, he can border on the curmudgeonly as he uses mild expletives to drive home ideas and casts wide nets of blame. But in the grand scheme, he remains optimistic, calling on elected officials to embrace the “God Option” in terms of setting policy. This option would implement a number of scriptural truths, such as “live in peace,” “seek not vengeance,” “love your enemies,” etc. The author’s advice is often specific in the politics section, but also flirts with naïveté (“The solution to the Social Security problems is a no-brainer”). Luce’s tone is somewhat more subdued in the religion chapters, but no less to the point. He excoriates Christian denominations as well as Judaism and Islam for placing man-made doctrines above scriptural truths. Though committed to a belief in Jesus, Luce is clearly disillusioned with organized Christianity. His lucid commentary on positive thinking, near-death experiences, and the futility of intercessory prayer as normally understood by church dogma leads to intriguing and sometimes controversial reading.
A cogent work that displays some rough edges while exploring a dizzying breadth of material on lawmakers and religion.