Liberals Keep the Faith

Harper San Francisco, which originally planned to publish Jim Wallis's book God's Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong, and the Left Doesn't Get It, in April, has decided to crash publish it for inauguration week due to the expected media response. During the first week of sales, the Sojourners founder will be featured on The O'Reilly Factor, Chris Matthews, NPR's Fresh Air and PBS's Charlie Rose, as well as appearing live for four hours of ABC's inaugural coverage with Peter Jennings. Wallis's book speaks about the need for "a fuller, deeper, and richer conversation about religion in public life" and offers a much-needed corrective to strident, conservative Christian voices in politics. Left-leaning Christians who believe that war and the economy are significant moral issues have found an articulate and passionate spokesman in Jim Wallis. ($24.95 256p ISBN 0-06-076240-3; Jan. 18)

Salt Lake Tribune editorial cartoonist Pat Bagley offers the hilarious gift book 101 Ways to Survive Four More Years of George W. Bush, full of side-splitting sendups of the second Bush administration's approach to religion, terrorism and politics as usual. Blue-staters and those who love them need to laugh in a big way, and this little book provides the key. (White Horse Books [1347 S. Glenmare St., Salt Lake City, Utah 84105], $12.95 paper 206p ISBN 0-9744860-4-3; Jan.)