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Faith Works: Lessons from the Life of an Activist Preacherby Jim Wallis
Synopses & Reviews
Today more than ever, many people are hungry for spirituality and community. But the most powerful and meaningful spirituality shows itself through action. Jim Wallis is the charismatic preacher, activist, and leader of Call to Renewal, a dynamic new movement that is uniting politics and spirituality to ignite social change and overcome poverty. In his timely, exciting new book, he shows us how we can enrich our own lives by serving our communities. Wallis believes that the making of the modern Christian, Muslim, or Jew is through action. A preacher who spends his time working for justice rather than just speaking from a pulpit, Wallis compellingly demonstrates how going out and putting your belief to work is what really counts. Faith shows itself in worksfaith works. Named by Time magazine as one of the "50 Faces for America's Future," a regular contributor to NPR, MSNBC, and major newspapers, and editor in chief of Sojourners magazine, Jim Wallis is a well-known media figure. His advice is increasingly sought by leading politicians who want to tap into the growing power of faith-based organizations and the Call to Renewal movement. A lifelong activist, he has been putting his faith to work for more than three decades. His anecdotal, exhilarating, and engaging book is part memoir, part inspirational game plan for transforming our own lives and our society, and part primer on how faith communities are changing neighborhoods. It is filled with dramatic human stories of men and women who will move and inspire us. Faith Works will appeal to religious people looking to bring more meaning to their faith and to spiritually hungry people looking for direction in their lives.
As the author explains why "faith shows itself in works," he presents "part memoir, part inspirational game plan for transforming our own lives and our society, and part primer on how faith communities are changing neighborhoods."--Jacket.
Charismatic preacher activist and leader of Call to Renewal, the dynamic new movement uniting politics and spirituality, Wallis explains how readers can enrich their lives by helping their communities.
About the Author
Jim Wallis is a preacher, an activist, an author, the convener of Call to Renewal, and the editor in chief of Sojourners magazine. His previous books include Who Speaks for God?, The Soul of Politics, and The Call to Conversion. He has just completed a year as a fellow at the new Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School and now teaches at the university's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Wallis travels extensively, giving more than two hundred talks each year. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Joy, and son, Luke.
Table of Contents
Foreword / by Bill Moyers — The difference that faith makes — Trust your questions — Get out of the house more often — Use your gift — Do the work and you'll find the spirit — Recognize the three faces of poverty — Listen to those closest to the problem — Get to the heart of the matter — Throw away old labels, it's values that count — Find new allies and search for common ground — Keep your eyes on the prize — Tap the power of faith communities — Be a peacemaker — Be a contemplative — Keep it human — Have a dream — Change the wind.
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