Charles Murray, Coming Apart: The State Of White America, 1960-2010

This book is one of the essential reads, says David Brooks, to understand our contemporary context. Murray traces the relentless formation of a new and perhaps permanent poverty. Part of the cause at least is the growing absence of religion in our midst. He believes our nation is coming apart at the seams, never to be the same. This picture is massively researched, compellingly told, and frightening to behold. God give us wisdom as a people to address these complex, tragic trends.