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The Spirit of Our Politics: Spiritual Formation and the Renovation of Public Life

Paperback|Jan 2024
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$30.99

:For those discouraged and exhausted by the bitterness and rage in our politics, Michael Wear offers a new paradigm of political involvement rooted in the teachings of Jesus and drawing insights from Dallas Willard's approach to spiritual formation....

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:For those discouraged and exhausted by the bitterness and rage in our politics, Michael Wear offers a new paradigm of political involvement rooted in the teachings of Jesus and drawing insights from Dallas Willard's approach to spiritual formation.


When political division shows up not only on the campaign trail but also at our dinner tables, we wonder: Can we be part of a better way? The Spirit of Our Politics says "yes," offering a distinctly Christian approach to politics that results in healing rather than division, kindness rather than hatred, and hope rather than despair.


In this profound and hope-filled book, Michael Wear--a leading thinker and practitioner at the intersection of faith and politics--applies insights taken from the work of Dallas Willard to argue that by focusing on having the "right" politics, we lose sight of the kind of people we are becoming, to destructive results. This paradigm-shifting book reveals:

  • Why we need to reframe how we view our political involvement as Christians
  • How as Christians we can reorient our politics for the good of others
  • The crucial connection between discipleship to Jesus and political involvement
  • A different way of talking about politics that is edifying, not stomach-turning
  • How to navigate political strife in churches and small groups
  • Why who we are in our political life is not quarantined from who we are in "real life"
  • Why gentleness is entirely possible in our political discourse

The Spirit of Our Politics is for readers of any political perspective who long for a new way to think about and engage in politics. That new approach begins with a simple question: What kind of person would I like to be?

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Michael Wear


Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert on the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. Wear directed faith outreach for President Obama's historic 2012 re-election campaign and was one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history, leading evangelical outreach and helping manage The White House's engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts. He lives with his wife, Melissa, in Washington, DC.