Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents

Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents

The New York Times bestselling author of The Benedict Option draws on the wisdom of Christian survivors of Soviet persecution to warn American Christians of approaching dangers.

For years, émigrés from the former Soviet bloc have been telling Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of "soft" totalitarianism cropping up in America--something more Brave New World than Nineteen Eighty-Four. Identity politics are beginning to encroach on every aspect of life. Civil liberties are increasingly seen as a threat to "safety". Progressives marginalize conservative, traditional Christians, and other dissenters. Technology and consumerism hasten the possibility of a corporate surveillance state. And the pandemic, having put millions out of work, leaves our country especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation.

In Live Not By Lies, Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by the brave men and women who fought totalitarianism. He explains how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation. He tells the stories of modern-day dissidents--clergy, laity, martyrs, and confessors from the Soviet Union and the captive nations of Europe--who offer practical advice for how to identify and resist totalitarianism in our time. Following the model offered by a prophetic World War II-era pastor who prepared believers in his Eastern European to endure the coming of communism, Live Not By Lies teaches American Christians a method for resistance:
- SEE: Acknowledge the reality of the situation.
- JUDGE: Assess reality in the light of what we as Christians know to be true.
- ACT: Take action to protect truth.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn famously said that one of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming totalitarianism can't happen in their country. Many American Christians are making that mistake today, sleepwalking through the erosion of our freedoms. Live Not By Lies will wake them and equip them for the long resistance.

Title:Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593087398
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    Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents Reviews

  • Matt Pitts

    When I first heard that Dreher's new book was about resisting soft totalitarianism I thought the idea was a little over the top, but the events of this spring and summer changed my mind and I eagerly ...

  • John

    Rod Dreher begins his introduction to “Live Not By Lies” by quoting Alexander Solzhenitsyn, survivor of and writer concerning the Soviet gulags. Solzhenitsyn writes, “There is always this fallac...

  • T.

    UPDATE 3: This review by Trevin Wax is a helpful counterbalance to some parts of Dreher's narrative. It should go without saying, but still important to reiterate, that “living by lies” is not an ...

  • Murtaza

    I might write a longer critique later, but there are a few things to note about Rod Dreher's work here. There are two parts of this book consisting of unequal quality. The first part is an analysis of...

  • Charles Haywood

    A disease is going around. No, not the Wuhan Plague. This malady only affects the Right, and I name it Scrutonism. The symptoms of Scrutonism are a razor-sharp ability to identify one’s enemies and ...

  • Gideon Yutzy

    Dreher's logic runs something like this:1) Love of pleasure and high surveillance has been characteristic of many places just before a totalitarian regime set in.2) Some people in America love pleasur...

  • Jamie Huston

    As I finished reading this book, my mind rung with this infamous line from Cardinal Francis George: "I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the ...

  • raffaela

    Let me start this review by saying that I am not the biggest fan of Dreher. He like to claim the conservative label, but at bottom his allegiance is to the liberal order. He rightly sees the threat ra...

  • Rick Davis

    An important book, and one that deserves to be read and discussed by American Christians. A good book to start 2021....

  • Meg

    "There is always this fallacious belief: 'It would not be the same here; here such things are impossible.' Alas, all the evil of the twentieth century is possible everywhere on earth." ~Aleksandr Solz...