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  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476773955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476773957
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, and served as thirty-ninth president of the United States. After leaving the White House, he and his wife, Rosalynn, founded the Atlanta-based Carter Center, a nonprofit organisation that works to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health around the world. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 April 2014
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`A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power' written by former US President Jimmy Carter is a very powerful book that with its never enough mentioned theme of women's rights resonates strongly.

Jimmy Carter succeeded in little more than two hundred pages to make an excellent overview of the most serious cases of women's rights violations, to point out the problems that women face these days all around the world, but also address a strong critique to some countries that are struggling mightily to polish their image towards the world, although in same time carry out disguised or less disguised policy of systematic women abuse.

At the beginning of the book Carter brought up the thesis that is commonly used around the world to justify such cases, regardless of skin color, religion and even the financial situation that prevails in countries that are characterized by such unjust practices - "...this system is based on the presumption that men and boys are superior to women and girls, and it is supported by some male religious leaders who distort the Holy Bible, the Koran, and other secret texts to perpetuate their claim that females are, in some basic ways, inferior to them, unqualified to serve God on equal terms. Many men disagree but remain quiet in order to enjoy the benefits of their dominant status. This false premise provides a justification for sexual discrimination in almost every realm of secular and religious life. Some men even cite this premise to justify physical punishment of women and girls."

For this reason `A Call to Action' is a real call to action, a great reminder to all those who, due to higher goals or interests, close their eyes to the known cases, and we can only hope that Jimmy Carter and his book will also help that one day in the history books will be written that such cases shameful for humanity disappeared in 21st century.
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I've always admired Jimmy Carter without knowing much about him. What is great about this book, is that it is a true call to action. He doesn't just babble about Christian principles. He lives them as he understands them. I am an ardent humanist and have no problem with Carter's Christianity. He dares to go against powerful forces that would keep women down forever, disallow birth control or any decent, humanistic medical practice regarding human sexuality. It was so powerful, and so upsetting, that I was depressed for a few days after reading it. On the other hand, he and his working partners have saved the lives of countless people and helped to make life worth living for them. He also turns a very bright light on anti-progressive forces at work in America against women's rights as employees and as sexual beings apart from conventional stereotypes; and on the violence that they suffer in their work and family lives in the western world. I hope this encourages you to choose to read this book and to be more certain in your progressive attitudes and to become more active in promoting progressive social policies.
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By P. Fairhurst on 22 July 2014
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Excellent commentary on the main abuses faced by women today and our responsibility to help.
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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful
Carter's Most Important Book 27 Mar 2014
By ernest schusky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Carter will probably antagonize more people with this book than any of his others. He has documented his position with facts and statistics that can't be disputed. Such as, in India female genocide has become so common that women are only about two thirds as numerous as men. Similar findings are documented for China, and the inferiority of women is glaringly obvious in the Middle East.
What will raise so much objection to his work is that he points out how all the major religions can be used to justify female inferiority and thus the ill treatment of women. The Bible, the Koran, and Hindu texts all have passages explicitly claiming male superiority. Of course, the statements are contradicted elsewhere in the sacred writings, but male leaders have no trouble selecting the passages that enforce their superiority.
Carter doesn't hesitate to shine light on the United States and its rampant sex trade. One can't help but admire his courage when he picks out Atlanta as the busiest place in the business of sex, but what must be most admired is how he tells of leaving the religion in which he was raised-and served as a Sunday School teacher-when he realized how much sex discrimination existed in the Southern Baptist denomination. He also takes on the Catholic Church for its sex discrimination.
Its a book that's sure to be discussed and cursed for a long time. A tremendous eye opener.
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read 25 Mar 2014
By Mary R. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an eye opening and startling account of what happens to little girls in the Middle East, Asia and other countries. The sickening practice of genital mutilation of young girls is a horror in any day and age. The slavery of young women in the world is rampant. There is much more in this book that needs to be read by all people. Thank you President Carter for exposing these horrors in today's world.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Every MAN should read this book! Everybody else too. 1 April 2014
By J M VOGELGESANG - Published on Amazon.com
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Actually, all thinking men and women should. If you open your mind, this will open your eyes. It is hard to read. You will be appalled. You will be very troubled. You may even lose some sleep. But take your medicine. This is stuff you need to know, “an inconvenient truth”. Jimmy Carter manages to present the overwhelming extent of abuse and treatment of women and girls with devastating effect in a very few pages. I knew about much of this before reading this book, and I found this hard to read myself. And the complicity of presumably the greatest nation in the world and especially those who claim to be followers of Jesus is beyond appalling. But this book is a call to action, and Jimmy Carter is a modern-day prophet. He is right: Buy-in and action by men is critical. Whether this book is important or not will depend on the actions of the readers. If enough men (and women) use their influence, no matter how small, to address this injustice, the book will be important.

The following remarks are directed specifically to groups of which I am, or have been, an insider. I will leave addressing other groups, such as Muslims, to insiders of those groups. As a biblical scholar, I am all too aware of selective interpretation of the Bible. Actually, I believe some of the texts used to bludgeon women into submission say what the fundamentalists think they say. But as a former fundamentalist, I also believe that those scriptures are inimical to Jesus, and that the trajectory of Christianity moved in concert with the paternalistic culture of the ancient world until the original message of Jesus was almost forgotten, and certainly ignored. I selectively interpret the Bible myself: My conclusion is that the teachings of Jesus trump those later time- and culture-bound instructions. I would ask religionists of all stripes to reflect that 110 million abortions, not to say the untold and untellable tragedy of consequent disease, poverty, and unwanted children, would be eliminated by universal birth control education and access. I would ask them to reflect that fighting the human sexual instinct makes about as much sense as trying to keep the sun from rising. This does not preclude teaching that higher principles should govern human sexual behavior (as Carter agrees). I ask fundamentalists: Why focus on a few carefully-selected texts rather than being fundamentally passionate about what mattered to Jesus: The Kingdom of God, the poor, the marginalized, the dispossessed, the nobodies, and yes, the women and the children? I ask evangelicals: Why is the good news of the gospel (evangelium) made into such bad news for women and girls, over half the world’s population? Remember that Jimmy Carter is one of us, and reflect on how painful it must have been for him to renounce his denominational affiliation because of their attitudes towards women.

If enough men and religious women open their eyes and minds, this book will be important. There are many so hidebound and narrow that they will persist in their prejudices no matter what, and these cannot be taught. Nothing can be done about them. It is my hope that there are enough of the rest of us, influenced by this voice, and an increasing chorus of voices of many others, that eventually, the tipping point will be reached, the rest of us will prevail, and “justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream”.
60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Jimmy Carter Saves the World? Yep, if you'd listen. 28 Mar 2014
By Dog Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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I know Jimmy Carter takes a lot of flack for his performance as a President, fine .But he is truly an incredible American. This book lays out in clear, direct language the global ills and lack of progress we can make if we face if we oppress 50% of the population. Often dismissed as 'women's issues', sexual repression in the form of gendercide, family violence, political and religious attacks on family planning, etc affect the human race as a whole. He points to examples in history and illustrates his points with comparative cultures. I'm drawn to his humble approach and peace-driven (very logical) reasoning. He points out we have become a world where violence is the first choice instead of a last resort. Not to sound hippy-dippy, but he makes a very good point that it does not make for a better world. I would love to put this in the hands of every religious fundamentalist out there, because it would be a dose of intelligence, rationale and humility in their willfully ignorant worlds. I feel this book was timely, as it seems there is a push-back on women's progression in the past few years. It feels like women have to defend themselves for their sexuality and their desire for equality at every turn. His common sense views feel almost damn therapeutic in a world full of crazy.
77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Very powerful book that with its never enough mentioned theme of women's rights resonates strongly 26 Mar 2014
By Denis Vukosav - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
`A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power' written by former US President Jimmy Carter is a very powerful book that with its never enough mentioned theme of women's rights resonates strongly.

Jimmy Carter succeeded in little more than two hundred pages to make an excellent overview of the most serious cases of women's rights violations, to point out the problems that women face these days all around the world, but also address a strong critique to some countries that are struggling mightily to polish their image towards the world, although in same time carry out disguised or less disguised policy of systematic women abuse.

At the beginning of the book Carter brought up the thesis that is commonly used around the world to justify such cases, regardless of skin color, religion and even the financial situation that prevails in countries that are characterized by such unjust practices - "...this system is based on the presumption that men and boys are superior to women and girls, and it is supported by some male religious leaders who distort the Holy Bible, the Koran, and other secret texts to perpetuate their claim that females are, in some basic ways, inferior to them, unqualified to serve God on equal terms. Many men disagree but remain quiet in order to enjoy the benefits of their dominant status. This false premise provides a justification for sexual discrimination in almost every realm of secular and religious life. Some men even cite this premise to justify physical punishment of women and girls."

For this reason `A Call to Action' is a real call to action, a great reminder to all those who, due to higher goals or interests, close their eyes to the known cases, and we can only hope that Jimmy Carter and his book will also help that one day in the history books will be written that such cases shameful for humanity disappeared in 21st century.
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