I Just Might Be One

     I finished reading Rod Dreher’s book, Crunchy Cons, the other evening.  The subtitle of this book is quite long, but quite catchy, and the subtitle is what prompted me to put this book on my wish list several years ago.  The subtitle:  How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America (or at least the Republican Party).  I will own up to now, or in the recent past, being identified by a good percentage of those titles!

     Corin and her family gifted me with Crunchy Cons on Christmas Day, 2006.  I started to read it once, and then put it aside, then began again a few weeks ago.  I think I benefited by that delay in reading the book.  Much of what has transpired in the last year or so (the steep spike in the cost of oil, for example) makes much of what Mr. Dreher speculated about in his book a reality.  I, along with a lot of folks I know, have become alienated from what was once thought to be the “conservative” political party.  I’ve struggled a bit with wondering where the elected individuals were that represented the interests of my family and friends.  According to Mr. Dreher, I’m in good company!  It just might be that I am a Crunchy Con myself!  

     Mr. Dreher starts his book with a chapter defining what “crunchy” conservatives are.  From there his chapters explore how “crunchy” cons relate to topics such as consumerism, food, home, education, the environment and religion.  Though Mr. Dreher is a devout Roman Catholic, his views expressed in the book are not given in a proselytizing manner.  I was especially enthralled my his chapters on food and consumerism.  Having recently grown more concerned about how and where our food is grown, and knowing that the price we are paying for our food is escalating, I found wise counsel and great encouragement in the food chapter.  The chapter on consumerism actually gave meaning to some of the frustration and questions I’ve had concerning the trade off between shopping for the lowest price and shopping wisely.  And no, they are not always the same thing. 

     Crunchy Cons is well written and quite thought provoking.  Even if you do not identify yourself as a possible “Crunchy Con” you will find some good food for thought in this book.  I was most surprised to find how closely some of my own beliefs are to those whom I would consider politically opposite of myself.  For example, I have never identified myself as an environmentalist, and yet much of what I believe the Scriptures instruct us to do in taking dominion over creation would mirror an environmentalist’s viewpoint.  Yikes!  While that surprised me, it in no way alters my beliefs; but it does give me a different opinion, perhaps, about the politics surrounding environmental issues.  (I give this just as an example, and do not wish to start a debate here or in the comments on the environment.) 

     I often feel that authors of books of this nature set forth all they have to say in the heart of their books and lose something in their closing remarks.  Not so in this case!  Mr. Dreher ends Crunchy Cons strongly, even passionately,  in a can’t-put-the-book-down sort of way in the final chapter. 

     If you can identify yourself with any of the folks mentioned in the subtitle, and perhaps even if you don’t, Crunchy Cons is an interesting read. 

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     Long time readers know the importance I place on reading.  I would encourage you to spend time in God’s Word daily; but I would also encourage you to also have a book (or two or three or…..) close at hand to read, too.  I’m not alone in encouraging you this way.  The late Ruth Bell Graham once said, “Read, read, read.  Use the Bible as your home base, but vary your diet.  I usually have several books going at once, tucked around here and there for easy access.” 

     Reading to strengthen your mind, encourage your heart, learn a new skill, or just to relax a bit is one way that you can look well to the way of your own household. For a list of the books I have completed so far this year (2008) click here

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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13 comments to I Just Might Be One

  • Wow!!  Sounds like a good book… I’ll have to look for it.  And I agree with your admonitions to “Read, read, read.”  Thanks for your book review.

  • :sunny:I had been wondering about that book. Sounds like I might be one too. Thanks for the great review.

  • Thank you for the wonderful book review. It is always great to hear about books that I would not normally have come across and widen my reading interests!!

  • Thank you for the wonderful book review. It is always great to hear about books that I would not normally have come across and widen my reading interests!!

  • I liked this book very much. Your review makes me want to go back to the library and check it out again.

    Back when Christopher was a wee person, I belonged to a food co-op in Iowa. We often talked about the two kinds of people who belonged to such a co-op (and homeschooled, although we didn’t back then).

    Really conservative people and really liberal people. I loved when I read Crunchy Cons and saw myself there… a really conservative person who cares about such things as we usually think of liberals.

  • Hi Cheryl,

    Thanks for the review. I have this book already on order. I am looking forward to reading it.

    Blessings,

    Elizabeth

  • Thank you for this review. I’ve been interested in this book but was unsure, I might have to give it a read. :sunny:

  • Cheryl,

    That book does sound interesting. I am finding as I grow older that I am embracing more of nature and a life of simplicity. I’m going to see if our library carries this book. Thank you for the recommendation.

  • Thanks for the recommendation; I have this book in my amazon wishlist, but haven’t moved it to my cart yet; I think I may order it next time I have the funds to place an order.  I find myself with you; in that place where our previous political attachments do not leave room for environmental awareness, much less concern.  With the current economy, it seems prudent to look at “going green” for cost/value AND the environment.  But some fairly staunch right-wingers have looked at me as if I’d lost my mind when I stated as much!!  We are not able to garden yet, but hopefully one day (we live in the city).  I happily can the surplus from my folks’ garden though!  Anyway…glad to hear your thoughts on the book; I’ve learned to value your opinion on reading material.

    Hope to join you in the Crunchy gang!  God bless you and yours as you remain busy!  ~Tea

  • Thanks for the recommendation; I have this book in my amazon wishlist, but haven’t moved it to my cart yet; I think I may order it next time I have the funds to place an order.  I find myself with you; in that place where our previous political attachments do not leave room for environmental awareness, much less concern.  With the current economy, it seems prudent to look at “going green” for cost/value AND the environment.  But some fairly staunch right-wingers have looked at me as if I’d lost my mind when I stated as much!!  We are not able to garden yet, but hopefully one day (we live in the city).  I happily can the surplus from my folks’ garden though!  Anyway…glad to hear your thoughts on the book; I’ve learned to value your opinion on reading material.

    Hope to join you in the Crunchy gang!  God bless you and yours as you remain busy!  ~Tea

  • Loved this book. I’d like to to think that I’m a hip homeschooling Mama!

  • Thanks Cheryl, it’s good to know I have a label. Who knew I was a “Crunchy Con”. LOL

    Will definitely look for this book.

  • Hi there!

    I really enjoy reading your blog about your home and beautiful family. I think it is fantastic that you’d stretch and challenge your political beliefs in this way. What a great thing! Thanks for the book recommendation.