So, I’m now back in the office for recording, and if you can’t see it you should check out my YouTube Channel. You’ll be able to watch the book reviews and see the new office. But, to get to the topic for this episode, I’ll be discussing a book by Scott Yenor. The Recovery of Family Life is an insightful look into the attack on the family, and how to push back. I learned about this book because someone reached out to me about it. After reading most of it, I can say this is a crucial read for everyone in our culture today.
Unlike other reviews I’ve done, this is one that someone reached out to me to review. And, I’m glad she did. If it weren’t for her reaching out, I wouldn’t have found this book that has really intrigued me. I must say that this has really changed how I approach some of the cultural-political problems we face.
“This revolution is a ‘sexual revolution’ in the large and proper sense. I call it the rolling revolution because its principles are such that they will only with great difficulty, if ever, be achieved and they can call for a continuous transformation of marriage and family life.”-Scott Yenor
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The Destruction of Family Life
In this incredibly well-researched book, Yenor explains the problems that arise from feminism and a simplified liberalism. By tracing feminist activists’ works, he demonstrates how our society has attacked the family and family values. Instead of building up families and supporting them, we’ve actively worked against them.
Not only does Yenor explain feminism, but he does this by extensively citing and quoting their work. Rather than hearing these ideas second or third-hand, he shows you what the founders of this feminist and liberal ideology say. If you don’t believe me, you should buy the book and look at the 70+ pages of notes and citations.
The Recovery of Family Life
But, where’s the positive side of things? Well, Yenor doesn’t just leave us with all the problems he describes. He explains the basic problem, as well as some other issues curbing the progress of the “rolling revolution.” What I like most is that he shows a way forward. My goal is to solve the problems of today with the wisdom of the past, and I think Yenor’s book exemplifies how that’s done. By pulling from tremendous thinkers, explaining the current issue, and proposing prudent solutions, he is doing what I like to see.