“Divided We Fall” By David French 

Tom Strode

Is it possible the United States of America could divide into two or even three countries in the near future? In his book Divided We Fall, David French provides riveting—even persuasive—narratives of how such scenarios could happen, but he also proposes a solution to the country’s polarization that might prevent such secessions. He addresses “how the combination of geographic sorting, group polarization, and individual intolerance” is dividing Americans in ways that most threaten unity. French suggests answers to the division, recommending Americans adopt pluralism, a correct understanding of tolerance, and courage. He also encourages the practice of the virtues of Micah 6:8: “to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.”

He closes with hope but also warns that Americans “cannot simply presume our national unity will last.” If you are troubled by America’s polarization and desire to be an agent of change, I would recommend that you pick up French’s book.

Tom Strode serves as a correspondent for Baptist Press. Tom and his wife, Linda, have been married since 1978. They have two children with wonderful spouses and five grandchildren. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Linda and he live in Nashville, Tenn.