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I received a Tweet from Scott Hyland, Bible Department Head at Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia. Before this contact, I did not know Scott. But I knew Liberty Christian Academy was a prep school founded by Dr Jerry Falwell almost half a century ago as part of his dream for a Christian education being available for children from earliest childhood through graduate studies. You may be familiar with the affiliated, more well-known Liberty University. To be Bible Department Head at Liberty Christian Academy is no small task.

Scott had been following me on Twitter and knew of my patriotic bent. He was also a reader of this blog. Scott is an author, and soon asked me if I would be interested in reviewing his book.

After looking at his web site and seeing the context and premise of his book, The Five Laws of Liberty, I agreed. Within a week, Scott had a copy delivered to my door, with a personal inscription.

I told him that being blind in one eye made me a slow reader, and I had some obligations that I had been prepping for out of state, so it would be a few weeks before I got down into the nitty-gritty with his book.

I read the book and spoke with Scott for over an hour by phone, discussing his book and all things American and Godly.

It’s always a pleasure talking with a fellow Sinner who gets up every day with the firm purpose of being better than he was yesterday. Scott is this kind of guy.

Scott is about my age, and he grew up in Library, Pennsylvania, not far from Pittsburgh. In fact, we determined that when I rode the trolley from a Pittsburgh Pirates game in the late seventies out to Library with my Dad when I lived in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania in the mid 70s, there’s a good chance Scoot was there.

I’m a firm believer that an author, no matter what they write, is giving you a piece of them when they put words together for you to read. I met Scott through Twitter, got to know him through his book, and then became his brother by phone.

That alone should tell you his book is worth reading.

But his book is more than that. It is worth putting into practice in your daily life. It’s even worth the daily affirmation that you recognize that you have failed to live up to everything we could do, but you know you have a fallback position by picking up the book and getting right with yourself and the world all over again.

The Five Laws of Liberty looks at Freedom from the Biblical perspective. It looks at the Founding Documents of our own country, and clearly connects the dots between those in successive iteration, starting with the Bible. Essentially, Freedom as codified in our Constitution is defined and its understanding evolves through the precursor documents that led to our founding.

Freedom, as a Gift from God, is delivered to Humanity through His Son Jesus Christ. The Freedom Jesus gives us is outlined extensively in The Bible – when you read from Scott exactly how many times it is mentioned, you will be both surprised and, well, not surprised.

As with all Gifts, Freedom can be readily accepted or easily refused because of the ultimate Freedom from God – Free Will.

Scott’s book may appear to delve into what’s wrong with America as she struggles with the downward spiral of her moral righteousness in unfathomable expressions of free will, but instead of complaining about it, Scott digs deeper to show that it begins in our own hearts.

As his book winds down in the last fifty pages, you get a sense of knowing that, simply by the sin of omission, we are culpable for the sorry state of affairs we find ourselves in as a nation.

I read these last pages of Scott’s book while I was dealing with a situation concerning a younger member of my extended family. While I, too, led a life of immorality as a young man and came to know the Freedom of Jesus Christ in my mid-twenties, my relative is defended by those of his family around him – towards me – because they say I am the pot calling the kettle black. Apparently, to them, my baptism just before turning 26 and my subsequent more-virtuous life gives me no credibility when being point blank with him and them about his sinful ways and the consequences he is sure to endure because he has given his Freedom to Satan. In his defense they hope to rise him up as righteous by putting me down as unrighteous. No matter my own state of sin, it does not elevate him by putting me down.

His = as it is for all of us = is a Freedom only he can attain, retain, or, as the case is now, reclaim. He, as we all are and as Scott points out in his book, is subject to the natural laws of Freedom: The Five Laws of Liberty.

But, by reading Scott’s book, I knew it was my duty to help my relative see the path he was on precisely because I had been on it, and it would be sinful to deny him the freedom of knowledge my experience would give him. No matter how my condemnation of my relative’s sinful ways was received, I expressed and fulfilled my duty to spread Freedom to this relative, instead of sinning by withholding the Great Gift God asks us all to share.

In essence, sometimes the Golden Rule requires us to do unto others what they don’t yet know they want done unto themselves.

The Five Laws of Liberty tells us that if we don’t start with ourselves, our families, and our homes, the Liberty our forefathers procured for us will repeat its historical trend and we will be known for having willingly given it up – becoming slaves to immorality, collectivism, elitism, sloth, and eventually fear. Becoming slaves of Satan.

Do yourself a favor. Pick up this book. You can read it over a week’s worth of lunches. Then start figuring out what you can do, with the guidance of Scott’s suggestions, to bring true Freedom and Liberty back to the hallowed shores of this great Gift we call America!

The Five Laws of Liberty by Scott Hyland
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Dimensions: 6 X 9 in.
ISBN: 0899570151
ISBN13: 9780899570150
Availability: Click here for your choice of retailer or online store!

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