“Freeing God’s Children is a book that every serious student of American politics and world affairs needs to read.”
Foreign Affairs

Ambassador Mark Palmer Vice Chairman, Freedom House

The Economist

“Freeing God’s Children is a first-rate work of investigative scholarship, combining impeccable research, skilled reporting, a compelling narrative, and eloquent advocacy for religious freedom. It is one of those rare books likely to make a real difference in the formation of public policy.”
A. James Reichley Georgetown University

“This is one book every Christian ought to read.”
Charles Colson Breakpoint Commentary

“A true highlight of this fall book season.... [Hertzke’s] book is an inspiring chronicle of faith’s making a difference in public life, and of the beginnings of a movement whose significance has barely begun to be appreciated.”
National Review

“Allen Hertzke has struck paydirt with a riveting book that tells an engaging story about religious activists in the public arena. This is more than a story about singular or short-lived development. It suggests that America’s 'new world order' -like that of world powers in the past- is more influenced by religion than realpolitick and trade statistics would suggest. The story is well told; the implications are profound.”
Robert Wuthnow Princeton University

“Hertzke’s book is a must-read for any person of faith interested in the role and promise of the church in the global human rights movement.”

“How did American evangelicals and Jews join together to become one of the most powerful human rights lobbies? Hertzke combines solid research, perceptive analysis and eloquent prose to provide a definitive answer. For anyone wishing to understand how religion is reshaping the U.S. foreign policy agenda-often in surprising ways—this book is a must-read.”
Luis Lugo Director, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

“In lively prose, Freeing God's Children details the growth of one of the most significant, and ignored, developments in recent U.S. foreign policy, the growth of a large, religion based human rights movement. Its lessons need urgently to be digested in order to accelerate the too slowly growing realization that, without understanding religion, we cannot understand international politics.”
Paul Marshall Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom

“Allen Hertzke brings us a readable and interesting account of a recent and surprising phenomenon: conservative evangelicals engaging in the traditionally liberal arena of international humanitarian and human right advocacy.”
Evangelical Missions Quarterly

“In this eloquent and thoughtful book, Allen Hertzke offers an enlightening survey of the new politics of human rights, and shows how religious activism has been translated into practical politics. This is a noteworthy study of how social movements work.”
Philip Jenkins Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University

“Hertzke’s book is a call to sanctified pragmatism, negotiation, and cooperation. And for those who fear the world is beyond rescue or improvement, Hertzke sounds a call to patient, persistent action.”
David Neff Christianity Today

"Whether you are Christian or of almost any other religion, I think you will finish the book determined to do more to ease the suffering and murder of persecuted Christians.”
A. M. Rosenthal former New York Times Executive Editor

“With vivid stories of activists and victims, Hertzke takes the reader on a journey from the Sudanese bush to the halls of Washington Power.”
Norman Transcript

“Why would liberal Jewish groups team up with conservative Pentecostals to fight human rights abuses? What issues might prompt the Catholic Church to work together with Tibetan Buddhists? In this engaging book, Hertzke, who teaches religion and political science at the University of Oklahoma, argues that 21st-century religious and political activism has made for some strange bedfellows. As religious persecution increases in Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world—and most of the West continues to ignore the mounting death toll—some courageous people have banded together to fight for activists and the victims of religious persecution, Hertzke explores the rise of unexpected religious alliances in the struggles against sex trafficking, persecution of Christians in Indonesia and elsewhere, atrocities in Sudan, and repression in Tibet. One startling trend that emerges is the new interest America’s evangelical Christians have evinced in world issues. Hertzke paints a fascinating, and ultimately optimistic, picture of the way that individuals of many different religious backgrounds have chosen to work together on human rights issues. In doing so, he analyzes a neglected aspect of the paradigm shift in religion today, in which affiliation matters far less than ideological affinity.”
Publishers Weekly