In America, there’s an unspoken competition - one we all participate in but rarely acknowledge. We're all trying to beat the system, to become the exceptions to the rule. Freedom Notes is a book about breaking free from the culturally imposed urge to be the best. It may sound strange, but to be the best is to be the exception. To be the best is to beat the system. Freedom Notes is about finding a way to reconstruct the system so that we no longer need exceptions. We all win. This book is about the freedom to change the rules, versus seeking for exceptions to the rules. The journey is narrated by author, Andrew J. Wilkes, PhD candidate in political science, and ordained Christian minister.
In Freedom Notes he narrates his journey of freedom from the system in the categories of religion, politics, economics and culture. Wilkes encourages preachers and faith leaders to break free from a privatized notion of a ”save and bless me and mine” kind of prayer life. He challenges politicians and policy makers to break free from being satisfied with the narratives of those who “make it out.” Wilkes invites readers to break free from using economic means as ways to solely benefit individuals but rather, to name and mobilize collective wealth in our communities. And Wilkes pushes our culture to break free from trying to re-create the leaders of our past but rather, to reimagine new ways of meeting our present-day realities.
Freedom Notes: Reflections on Faith, Justice, and the Possibility of Democracy is a playbook for thinking differently about the world we live in. We don’t need any more exceptions to the rules; let’s break free so that we can change the rules. In his debut book, Wilkes sounds Freedom Notes on the moral imperatives of justice, the socially transformative potential of religion, and the possibility of democracy. This book is for those seeking to develop their own perspective on how faith, politics, economics, and culture can intersect. It is for those who desire to creatively resist conventional wisdom in order to help establish more beautiful, just communities.