Andrew Himes is available for speaking engagements, media interviews, and discussions in book groups, churches, schools, libraries, and community centers.  Andrew lives in Seattle, so live appearances are easiest in the Puget Sound region. For appearances outside the Seattle area, travel expenses and an honorarium are required. However phone conference calls, Skyping and other video calls, and other forms of online meetings can be arranged. 

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Discovering the True Fundamentals
The cultural identity of the United States has been strongly shaped by fundamentalist Christianity. From the Revolutionary War to the struggle to abolish slavery to George Bush’s justification of the invasion of Iraq, fundamentalist theology and political assumptions have driven American politics and history. Fundamentalists have earned a reputation – justified or not – as legalistic, divisive, and judgmental, more focused on doctrinal orthodoxy than on Christian practice. Andrew Himes reminds us, however, that according to Jesus there were only two “fundamentals”: loving God with all your heart, mind and soul, and loving your neighbor as yourself. He turns a compassionate yet critical eye on the troubled history of Southern fundamentalism, including his own life and the generations of his Southern family, including farmers, soldiers, slave owners, his great grandfather who was both a Ku Klux Klansman and a Baptist preacher, and his grandfather John R. Rice, the most influential fundamentalist of the 20th century.

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