Item description for Street Saints: Renewing American Cities by Barbara Elliott...
Street Saints is both a book of motivational stories about unsung heroes and a sociological study of the "faith factor," documenting faith-based programs that are treating social maladies in America. Based on eight years of hands-on experience and more than 300 interviews, Barbara Elliot takes readers on a tour of communities and institutions where faith-based initiatives are making a difference. She offers inspiration, role models, and guidelines for people who would like to give back to their own communities.
"This thought-provoking book has the potential to mobilize churches and
individual Christians, making long-lasting differences in their communities.
An appendix offers contact information for all the groups profiled."
Based on eight years of hands-on experience and more than 300 interviews,
Street Saints, now available in paperback, is both a book of motivational stories
about unsung heroes and a sociological study of the "faith factor," documenting
faith-based programs that are treating social maladies in America. This book
takes readers on a tour of communities and institutions in America where faithbased
initiatives are making a difference. It offers inspiration, role models, and
guidelines for people who would like to give back to their own communities.
"Street Saints powerfully portrays the difference that faith-based and community
groups---as well as faith-filled people---are making in the lives of those
in need in America. In an era of cynicism and anxiety, Street Saints offers
inspiration and hope and shows how lives are being transformed by, as
President Bush would say, America's 'armies of compassion.'"---Jim Towey,
former legal counsel to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Director of the White
House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
"Read Street Saints for spirit-tingling proof that faith-filled organizations and
people are making an unmistakable difference in our world.Written with
imagination and joy, this book portrays an inspiring army of 'saints' who
have been moved by God's love to practice on the street what they have professed
in the sanctuary. Street Saints will bless you!"---Dr.Virgil Gulker,
Founder and Executive Director of Kids Hope USA
"One definition of vision is simply "seeing." This book is a wonderful gift
of sight. . . the capacity to get the lens on those who each day are the heart,
hands and feet of a compassionate God who particularly loves the poor. In
reading it, I received bursts of sheer joy."---Reid Carpenter, President,
Leadership Foundations of America
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Studio: Templeton Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2004
Publisher TEMPLETON FOUNDATION PRESS
ISBN 1932031766 ISBN13 9781932031768
Reviews - What do customers think about Street Saints: Renewing American Cities?
If there is one book I could recommend... Nov 5, 2004
In an extra-biblical epistle written in the middle of the second century the author, Mathetes, writing to his friend Diognetus penned these words: "In a word, what the soul is in a body, the Christians are in the world." In Street Saints Barbara Elliott has captured the soul of America's cities by shining the light on scores of people, programs and strategies that God is using to change lives and transform communities. If there was one book to recommend to those who wanted an overview of what God is doing in cities and were looking for inspiration, models and effective practitioners my recommendation would be this wonderful book.
good works in America's cities Oct 28, 2004
Founder of the Center for Renewal in Houston, Elliott was able to do over 300 interviews with persons who are leaders in successful civic organizations. Although their ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds vary widely, there is a common thread running though all the diverse activities--namely, improvement of urban life in general or some specific group in particular. And the many individuals Elliott portrays on the basis of her interviews do this with singular and exemplary imagination, commitment, and effectiveness. Elliott goes beyond only praising the individuals by uncovering their motivations and describing their work to also go into the founding of their programs, how the programs are run, their interactions with communities and government at different levels, and the keys to their survival and success. Thus, readers are given not only engaging portrayals of exemplary social activists, but also outlines of their innovative, relevant programs which can serve as models for ones in other urban centers.