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June 17, 2013


4 3/4 STARS

by Deborah Brunt


How could a church culture that lifted high the name of Jesus make covenant with the Confederacy? How did the Southern Baptist Convention lead the way? How do divided hearts and unholy covenants still hinder awakening in the conservative US church culture? What dramatic changes will a spirit of grace and supplication bring?

We Confess The Civil War, the South, and the Church uncovers the answers, historically and biblically.

God is revealing what we haven't wanted to see, so we can become
who we truly are. He promises to cleanse us from bloodguilt not yet cleansed, as we say what we haven't dared say. As we confess, healing, life, oneness, witness and true worship flow. As we confess, our Lord is honored and his kingdom furthered.

So why don't we, who most tend to gravitate to the word "celebrate" when talking of the Civil War, instead throw all caution to the wind--and confess?

Honest, compelling, courageous, redemptive, this remarkable look at the conservative church culture rooted in the Deep South explores such topics as king cotton and mighty oaks;the fast God has chosen;spiritual bulimia;spiritual schizophrenia;blood covenant;cleansing

I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book , all about religion, politics and the church. The book brings up an old and sad period, the south and The Civil War. .The author must have done a lot of research, which required patience, open mind and knowledge. The book shows what a strong writer Ms. Brunt is. The book talks of how the church which claims Jesus is the highest, goes in with the Confederacy.  It tells how held on to ideas, can work against the  church.  The author, Ms. Brunt, reveals the  answers to these questions and more.  The answers are historic and refer to the bible.

I had a hard time reading the book. To think you could be a part of a church that has a background such as told in this book,  It doesn't make you upset because you believe, just upset with the church. It does make you think. Your eyes will be opened.  Things you never thought could possibly happen, did.

The book is very open and truthful about how the church agreed with slavery.  This lead up to the Civil War.  There were no confessions of what the church did.  The church just continued and many feel what happened long ago has never healed. Healing and change come from repentance and wanting change. Then there are others who think the past is the past.

I would think everyone should read this book.  It shouldn't matter what your religious beliefs are, what your politics are or how you perceive the book after your read it.  It is definitely a  need to read.  Get the book and read it, really read it and draw your own conclusions.

The author, Deborah Brunt did a marvelous job with this book.  Lots of hard work and many long hours, I'm sure.  Thank you for letting me read your book and keep up the good work.

I received a complimentary copy of WE CONFESS! THE CIVIL WAR THE SOUTH AND THE CHURCH from the author, Deborah Brunt, for this unbiased review.

I give this book 4 3/4 STARS.

The cover is great,  4 STARS.



Deborah Brunt is author of seven books, including the first ebook in the E-Blessings Series, "The Elijah Blessing: An Undivided Heart," and the riveting release in print and ebook, "We Confess! The Civil War, the South and the Church."

"The Esther Blessing: Grace to Reign in Life" (E-Blessings Series, #2) is set for release March 2013.

A Southerner from birth, Deborah is a native of Corinth, Mississippi, and once again calls north Mississippi home.

A Southern Baptist for 50 years, Deborah worked seven years in a leadership role in an SBC entity. Since then, she has earned a Doctor of Practical Ministry degree from Wagner Leadership Institute. In 2009, she was ordained on a boat named Faith in the middle of the Sea of Galilee.

Courageous, compassionate, and definitely outside the box, Deborah speaks and writes about key truths for living life. You can visit her online at

She and her husband have two daughters, two sons-in-law and one finicky cat.  (the author's website)                                  

1 comment:

Deborah Brunt said...

Gayle, thank you for your heartfelt review of my book, We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church. It IS hard to look back at stuff in our generations that we wish was not there. It's astonishing to recognize how much of the undealt-with past is still repeating itself today. And it's all SO worth it when we realize: Facing what we haven't wanted to see frees us at last to become who we truly are.