We the Purple: Faith, Politics, and the Independent Voter

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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2008 - Political Science - 218 pages
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"I am every partisan politician's worst nightmare—a registered independent," says journalist Marcia Ford. "Wildly unpredictable in my voting habits over the last three decades, I have cast ballots for Democrats, Republicans, independents and assorted loose cannons."

In We the Purple,Ford describes and interprets her fellow "Purple" voters—independents who are neither Republican red nor Democratic blue. Through dozens of interviews with independent voters and candidates, politicians, political observers and activists of many stripes, she explains how these citizens eschew partisan politics, guided instead by their core values, their faith, and their experience.

Purple voters won't settle for the one or two issues identified for them by politicians, lobbyists, or religious leaders. It's a slippery voting bloc for politicians and pundits to get a handle on—they have no allegiance to party and no partisan ideology to uphold. If officeholders they help elect don't do something to fix what needs fixing, independents have no reason to ever vote for them again.

Many Christians, like Ford, are independent voters, and she examines how faith influences their unaffiliated political stance. Many Christian independents feel disenfranchised and unwelcome at churchesif they are not in agreement with the prevailing political views. "As paradoxical as the image may seem, if Christians remained morally centered, their votes could swing all along the political spectrum. And that include the votes of prominent Christian leaders," Ford says. "If religion is to play a prophetic role in the culture and in the political process, then people of faith need the freedom to speak prophetic words openly, without fear of repercussion or losing face," Ford says.

Marcia Ford is a seasoned journalist, editor, and author. She was a reporter and editor at the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, editor of Christian Retailingmagazine, and associate editor at Charismaand Ministries Today.In addition to editing nearly one hundred books, she is the author of twenty books, including Finding Hope, Traditions of the Ancients, The Sacred Art of Forgiveness, Memoir of a Misfit,and with Scott Marshall, Restless Pilgrim: The Spiritual Journey of Bob Dylan.She lives with her family in Colorado


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You may read the title of this book, or the mini-manifesto printed on its front cover, and think it would not be of interest to you. Think again. Whether you consider yourself a partisan or ... Read full review

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Marcia Ford is a former editor of Christian Retailing magazine, an Explorefaith.org columnist and frequent contributor to Publishers Weekly. The author of eighteen books, including The Sacred Art of Forgiveness: Forgiving Ourselves and Others through God's Grace (SkyLight Paths); Memoir of a Misfit and Traditions of the Ancients, she was the religion editor of The Asbury Park Press for ten years. She is also a former editor with Charisma and Ministries Today magazines and the ibelieve.com website. Her other books include Meditations for Misfits; 101 Most Powerful Promises of the Bible and Restless Pilgrim: The Spiritual Journey of Bob Dylan (with Scott Marshall).

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