Faith Steps: Moving toward God through personal choice and public policy

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NOTE: New 2016 Second Edition also available, includes group study guideMarriage and sexuality, religious freedom, abortion, assisted suicide, stem cell research and human trafficking: The stands we take and the choices we make on such vital issues, as individuals and as a nation, matter now and for eternity.Faith Steps encourages and equips people of faith to winsomely engage friends and the culture on vital issues--not as partisans but as ambassadors.We can communicate life-honoring and moral perspectives to secular audiences, by appealing to self-interest, outlining the harms and benefits of choices.Decisively rejecting the stifling notion that Christians should remain mute on controversial social issues and shun the political arena, Faith Steps reveals how courageous and compassionate engagement can help our neighbors and transform culture.Drawing on the author's many years of experience in Washington, DC in government relations and communications, the book provides practical, in-the-trenches communications strategies to address and engage individuals and society on the most controversial and consequential issues of our day.What others are saying about Faith Steps:Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council: "Jonathan Imbody is a longtime champion of life, liberty, family, and faith. He is a seasoned veteran of Washington's policy battles and a stout defender of the sanctity of life and the value of every person. Learn why your involvement in public life is so vital, and how we can make arguments persuasively to our needy culture."Tim Goeglein, Vice President, Focus on the Family: "Jonathan Imbody has a jeweler's eye for public policy and he employs a powerful moral imagination to the most important issues of our time."Jeanne Mancini, President, March for Life: "Jonathan Imbody's Faith Steps is incredibly informative, engaging and thorough. It is chock-full of helpful information for anyone interested in public policy--an excellent resource. I am grateful that he took the time to write this very thorough analysis and presentation of the most major issues of our day."Brian Duggan, Sr. Dir. Federal Affairs, National Organization for Marriage: "Jonathan Imbody has written a fabulous book based on his decades of experience in public policy and service to Christians in the public square. I would recommend this book to anyone working in public policy and public affairs, and especially to young people considering a career in that field."Gene Rudd, MD, Sr. VP, Christian Medical Association: "A clear, poignant presentation of how to become a person of faith and have that faith transform your life and culture. Well done!"

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Jonathan Imbody serves as Vice President for Government Relations anddirects the Christian Medical Association's Washington Office. As CMA's liaisonwith the federal government, he has participated in over 30 White House meetingsand events and makes over 200 personal contacts with Congressional leaders andgovernment officials each year. Jonathan testified on euthanasia and assistedsuicide before a U.S. Senate committee.
A veteran writer of over 30 years, Jonathan authored Faith Steps (2015, 2nd ed.2016), which includes a 13-week study guide and encourages and equips Christiansto engage in public policy issues. He has published over 100 commentaries in The Washington Post, USA Today, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San FranciscoChronicle, Chicago Sun-Times and manyother national publications. Worldmagazine featured his essay summarizing the major medical accomplishmentsand challenges of the past millennium. He has also written numerous magazinearticles, marketing materials and educationalcurricula.
Jonathan's writing focuses on public policy issuesincluding freedom of faith, conscience and speech; human trafficking; abortion;assisted suicide; stem cell research; the role of faith in health;international health; health care policy; sexual risk avoidance and HIV/AIDS. His on-site research on euthanasia in theNetherlands formed the basis for the NoMercy video and a presentation at an international conference in The Hague.
Jonathan received his bachelor's degree in journalism and speech communicationsfrom the Pennsylvania State University, a master's degree from Penn State incounseling and education and a certificate in biblical and theological studiesfrom the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York.
Jonathan's wife Amy is an author and heads the Redemptive Education movement. They have four children and four grandchildren.

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"Jonathan Imbody is a longtime champion of life,liberty, family, and faith. He is a seasoned veteran of Washington's policybattles and a stout defender of the sanctity of life and the value of everyperson. That's what made his lecture at FRC so compelling. Based on his newbookFaith Steps: Moving toward God through Personal Choice and Public Policy,Jonathan's lecture explained the importance of Christian participation in thepublic square. Learn why your involvement in public life is so vital, and how wecan make arguments persuasively to our needy culture."
--Tony Perkins,President, Family Research Council
"Jonathan Imbody has a jeweler's eye for public policyand he employs a powerful moral imagination to the most important issues of ourtime."
--Tim Goeglein, VicePresident, Focus on the Family
"Jonathan Imbody's Faith Steps is incrediblyinformative, engaging and thorough. It is chock-full of helpful information foranyone interested in public policy--an excellent resource. I am grateful thathe took the time to write this very thorough analysis and presentation of themost major issues of our day."
 --Jeanne Mancini, President, March for Life
"In his very readable and engaging book, JonathanImbody makes the important and compelling point that truth begets truth, anddeception begets deception. As we make good choices about furthering justiceand restraining evil, our hearts often soften towards God. I have seen thishappen in the realm of public policy when people first become pro-life and thenlater give their lives to the Lord - just as Bernard Nathanson, the founder ofthe National Abortion Rights Action League, did. In making one step in faith,the next steps become clearer to us."
--Bill Wichterman,former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush in the White House
"What a needed and necessary perspective for usall!"
--Valerie Huber,President, ASCEND (formerly National Abstinence Education Association)
"Having seen Jonathan at work, I can personally attestthat Faith Steps: Moving toward God through Personal Choice and Public Policyisn't just a book, it is Jonathan's philosophy in all the great work that hedoes. As the public square gets bolder and bolder in its attempts to quietvoices of faith, now more than ever, we need to be courageous and braver in ourinteractions--be like Jonathan!"
--Tom McClusky, Marchfor Life Action
"Faith Steps is an excellent book on our times and thecalling of Christians to engage in the truth in the public square. I commendJonathan for his clarity of thought and charity toward others in our commonfight."
--Charles A."Chuck" Donovan, President, Charlotte Lozier Institute
"Faith Steps is a perfect book for our time. The authorskillfully describes an overview of the many policy and political ups and downsour country has experienced from a decade-long, inside the arena perspective.Mr. Imbody clearly explains the importance of being educated on, and involvedin the current affairs that impact our families and country. He also offerssolutions for how we can--and must--take back the high ground. This book is exceptionallywell written by a man of great courage, knowledge and commitment."
--Dianna Lightfoot,Carson for America
"Jonathan's book is an excellent accounting of thecrisis in public policy arena that Christians are concerned with today. Thisbook helps to educate and empower those who are willing to work in thetrenches, to protect women and children, family, the conscience rights ofhealth providers, and weak and vulnerable, to name a few. It is both aneducational resource and a source of inspiration."
--Jacqueline Halbigvon Schleppenbach - former Dir. Communications, US Dept. Health and HumanServices

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