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The Denver area's best-selling books, according to information from the Tattered Cover Book Store, Barnes & Noble in Greenwood Village, Boulder Book Store and Borders Books in Englewood... 6. The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a PostReligious Right America, by Jim Wallis, $25.95
From the more liberal side of the religious spectrum, Sojourners magazine chief operating officer Jeff Carr said the "the losers in this election were the secular left and the religious right." He pointed to the victories of several moderate candidates. South Dakota voters rejected what would have been the country's most restrictive abortion law, and in Missouri an embryonic stem-cell measure passed.
"The media right now says, 'Well, there are these wonderful peace people and it's lovely and children like it. It's good to have them around, but to be effective, and realistic and responsible, we better have guns. Because that's what works best,"' says Jim Wallis, president and executive director of Sojourners, the Washington, D.C.-based Christian ministry dedicated to spiritual renewal and social justice.
For two hours Tuesday night, church and State of the Union came together at the Master's Bible Church in Denver. A crowd of 60 people - pastors, ministry leaders, students and ordinary citizens - gathered to watch the speech and engage in a dialogue about Bush's ideas, Christians' role in politics and social problems facing Denver.
Jim Wallis, a liberal evangelical, is winning converts at book signings and on TV with his message that the left needs to reclaim the banner of faith, especially in fighting poverty.
"Many of us feel our faith has been stolen, and it's time to take it back," Wallis told the packed audience at Park Hill United Methodist Church. "A misrepresentation of Christianity has taken place. How has the faith of Jesus become known as pro-rich, pro-war and pro-American?"