Several weeks ago, I was privileged to read a new book by my friend Andy Andrews, a New York Times bestselling author. The book is entitled How Do You Kill 11 Million People? Why the Truth Matters More than You Think. I was stunned. But, more than that, I was fearful that people would ignore this book because it’s not one of Andy’s “typical” books. This book cuts to the core of the issues facing America today. I’ve read everything Andy has written. I’ve used his stories. But this, by far, is the most important book he’s done.
How Do You Kill 11 Million People? is based on facts and history—something our culture seems to ignore these days. I was a history minor in college. I have over 10,000 books in my library. I have an entire section on history. Why? Because I know that failure to learn from history means we’ll repeat the same mistakes others committed in the past. It is one of the most important books I’ve ever read. I cannot stop telling people about it. Why? Because truth matters.
This book is not about political parties, but it does ask the question, “Does it matter if our politicians tell the truth?” On both sides of the aisle and in all branches of government we are seeing ethics violations and laws made in the interest of special interest groups instead of the American public as a whole. This is dangerous. It could be deadly.
Based on carefully researched studies into how an educated and enlightened society could be overtaken by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party, this book matters. Why? Because it could happen to us…or our children. Andy is not trying to be a troublemaker; he’s doing us a favor by being a troubleshooter.
Martin Niemoller, an initial Nazi supporter who ended up opposing the regime was arrested in 1937 by Nazi authorities and imprisoned until 1945. He was a Lutheran pastor who formed a resistance movement and preached against Hitler and Nazism. In his most famous statement, Niemoller said, “In Germany they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”
An old farmer woke up one morning frightened. The old grandfather clock in the farm house struck 14 times. He started running around the house trying to pull up his overalls, all the while yelling, “WAKE UP! WAKE UP! It’s later than it’s ever been before!” Ladies and gentlemen, it’s later than it’s ever been before. These are dangerous and dark days, and we need to wake up.
This book reminded me of an old story about the preacher Billy Sunday. Someone said to him, “You rub the cat the wrong way.” Sunday said, “Tell the cat to turn around!” This book will rub people the wrong way who are comfortable with lies. It’s that convicting. That’s why some will want to ignore it or even try to demonize the author.
America is fractured and fragmented into hundreds of special interest groups and parties that scream for their rights, while nobody seems to care about what happens to the country. Andy Andrews cares about this country. He cares about truth. He must be read and heard.
I am surprised that, for the most part, the mainstream media has not picked up on this book. Maybe it frightens them. Maybe they are afraid of the extremists in our culture. To be honest, I wonder why, when they want every little morsel of dirt on a politician, they wouldn’t promote a book that speaks to the problem and offers a solution.
That was the problem in Germany. Hitler took over the country because good people did nothing. We can’t let that happen to us. We must act. Step one, read this book. Step two, buy one and give it to a friend. Step three, join me in praying that this book cannot be ignored. Step four, pray for Andy. He has done due diligence in his research on this subject.
This newest book from Andy Andrews is not a Democratic or Republican book—it’s a book for America. It’s for red states and blue states. It’s for a concerned electorate. It’s for men and women who care about truth and love their country.
Don’t read this book if you are politically correct. Don’t read it if you care nothing about the kind of country your kids grow up in. Don’t read it if you are okay with leaders lying to you, from both parties and in all segments of society. Don’t read it if apathy is your middle name.
But, if truth matters to you, if you love this country and long for a return to a culture that values truth, you must read this book. If you care about family values, you have to read it. If you are concerned about the kind of country your children and grandchildren will inherit, you have to read it.
It is my opinion that this book could be used to wake up America. In the Old Testament book of Hosea you will see a verse that says, “Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord.” Fallow ground is unproductive and undisturbed. We have fallen into the trap of being asleep at the wheel. We must wake up before we end up in the ditch.
Finally, tell your friends. Get the word out. Be a person who is identified unashamedly with the truth. If you don’t, it may be one of the most tragic decisions you’ve ever made. The failure to act, could lead to disaster.
Don’t hesitate, do it now….
For the truth,