This book won’t try to get you to vote for a particular party. It isn’t going to try to get you to vote at all. Something far better.
It’s going to show you that you could be voted for. That it could be your name on the ballot paper. Or that you could be working with someone whose name is, influencing your community more than you ever imagined.
From food banks to debt counselling, soup vans to street pastors, the church is doing an amazing job treating the victims of a flawed system. But it’s never going to be enough. Unless we also get involved in the decision-making process.
God cares deeply about the heart of our state, as well as the state of our hearts. And, as Bart Simpson once famously discovered, the vote is won – and history is made, and the kingdom advanced – by those who show up.
What people are saying
“Andy's passion, biblical insight and story-telling ability will convince even the most sceptical that they could and should be more than mere commentators on politics.”Gary Streeter MP
“A book that powerfully challenges our misconceptions about politics and asks us not to stand on the side lines and moan but to get involved.”Patrick Regan OBEFounder & CEO, XLP
“Books about politics can often be worthy yet a little dull. This is far from the case with Those Who Show Up. Andy wears his humour and heart on his sleeve and by the end I would be surprised if you aren't signing up.”Tim FarronMP
“At a time when too many have given up on politics, Andy Flannagan issues a compelling clarion call for the churches to grasp the opportunity to serve. In my work, I see no group or network better placed to do so. And he is right: there is the opportunity for our politics to be transformed, and for democracy to be renewed.”Stephen TimmsMP
“Andy is a poet, a troubadour, and a master storyteller. His words are like incense, rising out of the muck and pain and poetry of the margins…”Shane Claiborne
“Christians cannot stand on the sidelines any longer where politics is concerned! We need to get actively and prayerfully involved to see transformation in our communities and Nation. It is when we show up and engage with our world that we can influence what happens in our Nation and pray His Kingdom Come. I recommend this book as a prophetic call to engage.”Dr Jonathan OloyedeConvenor of the National Day of Prayer and Worship
A note from Muddy Pearl
Full of enthusiasm and energy, this book encourages Christians to get involved in politics at a local and national level, and explains why it’s important. Peppered with the stories of ordinary people who have got involved in simple ways and made a significant and lasting change.
This is not a dry book about political theory. It is a book brimming with adventure and a sense of mission, telling with humour and passion the stories of those who are showing up.
It even gets you thinking, ‘Well, maybe I should go along and see, just, you know, show up…’