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Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Feb. 10, 2020

Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Feb. 10, 2020

Monday, 10 February 2020 10:57 AM

The Newsmax Rising Bestsellers list will do more than stimulate your mind. These reads may challenge your beliefs, broaden your perspectives, excite your curiosities or widen your imagination.

These books may not necessarily appear on the official New York Times list of bestsellers, but they’re the ones our Newsmax audience is reading, talking about, sharing with friends, and buying.

Here are the Newsmax Rising Bestsellers for the week of Feb. 10, 2020:

  1. The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success,’’ by Ross Douthat (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster) The conservative New York Times columnist critiques the current state of the Western world and believes it is in a deep crisis – the result of a rich and powerful society ceasing to advance. He says “wealth and technological proficiency” has combined with “economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline” to create a strange kind of “sustainable decadence.” However, Douthat argues, society does have the ability to work towards “renewal and renaissance.” (Nonfiction)
  2. The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage,” Mara Hvistendahl (Riverhead Books) Industrial espionage by Chinese companies lies beneath the United States’ recent trade war with China, and it is one of the top counterintelligence targets of the FBI. But as this true-life thriller shows, efforts to stem the problem have been largely ineffective. Hvistendahl, a Pulitzer finalist, tells the story of an intensive FBI investigation that began when, in 2011, sheriff’s deputies in Iowa encountered three ethnic Chinese men near a field where a farmer was growing corn seed under contract with Monsanto. What began as a simple trespassing inquiry mushroomed into a two-year FBI operation in which a Chinese-born scientist is pursued by the U.S. government for trying to steal trade secrets. (Nonfiction)
  3. Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership,” by Edward J. Larson (William Morrow)  The Pulitzer-winning historian explains how Benjamin Franklin, an abolitionist freethinker from the urban North, and George Washington, a slavehold­ing general from the agrarian South — different as they were -- exemplified two strains of the American idea and collaborated on it for decades. Larson shows how their intimate working friendship that led to the framing and ratification of the Constitution, the founding document that bears their stamp. The author also discusses how while the United States is the world’s great super­power, it still wrestles with the government Franklin and Washington created. (Nonfiction)
  4. “Dangerous Prayers: Because Following Jesus Was Never Meant to Be Safe,” by Craig Groeschel (Zondervan) Groeschel, founding and senior pastor of Life.Church, says overcoming fear and strengthening one’s faith is possible through forceful, more passionate prayers. He describes how to “pray the prayers that search your soul, break your habits, and send you to pursue the calling God has for you.” Prayers only need to be “open and honest” to be effective, he says. (Nonfiction
  5. The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross by Jon Meacham (Convergent Books) An exploration of the seven last sayings of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels -- and how they reflect the theological heart of the Christian story. Meacham, a Pulitzer-winning historian and former vestryman in New York City, studies such phrases as “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” and “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit,” explaining how they epitomize Jesus’s message of love and extraordinary mercy. For each saying, Meacham composes an essay on the origins of Christianity and how Jesus’s final words created a foundation for oral and written traditions that upended the very order of the world.

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