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What will it take to solve the biggest issues of our time: extreme and needless poverty, global warming and environmental degradation, terrorism and the endless cycle of violence, racism, human trafficking, health care and education, and other pressing problems? While Washington offers only the politics of blame and fear, Jim Wallis, the man who changed the conversation about faith and politics, has traveled the country and found a nation hungry for a politics of solutions and hope. He shows us that a revival is happening, as people of faith and moral conviction seek common ground for change.
Wallis also reminds us that religious faith was a driving force behind our greatest national reforms, such as the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement. These "great awakenings" happened periodically at crucial times in our nation's history to propel us toward the common good. The time is ripe for another movement that will transform this country. With The Great Awakening, Wallis helps us rediscover our moral center and provides both the needed inspiration and a concrete plan to hold politics accountable and find solutions to our greatest challenges.
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Format: Large Print
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.08" Height: 1.11" Weight: 1.33 lbs.
Release Date Nov 17, 2014
ISBN 006136407X ISBN13 9780061364075
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More About Jim Wallis
Jim Wallis is an author, activist, preacher, teacher, and pastor. He is a bestselling writer, convener of faith-inspired movements for justice and peace both outside and inside politics, public theologian in a secular culture, renowned speaker in the United States and abroad, and international media commentator on ethics and public life. He is the founder and leader of Sojourners, a magazine, movement, and global network whose mission is to put faith into action for social justice. Wallis has written more than ten books, including The (Un)Common Good and the New York Times bestsellers God's Politics and The Great Awakening. He has written for major newspapers, does regular columns for top digital news networks, and appears frequently on a wide variety of television and radio networks. Wallis also teaches at Georgetown University and has taught at Harvard University. He is husband to Joy Carroll, one of the first women to be ordained a priest in the Church of England, father to two teenage boys, Luke and Jack, and a decades-long Little League baseball coach.
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For those hoping for change May 13, 2008
"God is not Republican"... a phrase in this book still reverberating in my mind, even though I have never declared myself in the GOP ranks. As a citizen not only of the US, but of the planet, I have always had issues with conservative america's approach to global warming, fair trade, poverty reduction, etc; issues widely overlooked and even aggressively resisted. Yet, if we claim to know and fear a "just" God, why must I give my vote to those who care nothing for these principles.
Enter "The Great Awakening", a book confronting not only economic and social poverty abroad, but bringing it home to American soil as well. The poverty many fellow Americans live in, as exposed in hurricane Katrina's aftermath, prevalent racism and sexism still rooted in our society and the passive attitude the body of Christ has had towards these, are but a few of the issues raised.
Social justice is a term that is not widely taught in Sunday church around the country. Yet it is something many Americans are beginning to come to terms with and which Wallis drives deep into the reader's conscience. He helps us realize that it is in God's own heart to see us take responsibility for helping those less fortunate, for proper stewardship of the planet and its resources and becoming increasingly aware of the world as a whole. Our God is personal, but not individual.
This is a Christian book, written by a Christian man. Yet I recommend it to all as a call to a higher level as citizens of the most privileged country on the planet.
The Revival of a Christian Conscience Mar 25, 2008
The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America is an encouraging read for Christians with a social conscience. The long dark night of the Christian Right's dominance is drawing to a close. All across the land one can hear the clicking and clacking of Ezekiel's dry bones coming to life. Christians, especially young evangelical Christians, are rediscovering the historic connection between proclaiming the gospel of salvation, and the Bible's clarion call to believers to work for justice, i.e., to give a cup of cold water to the thirsty, whether or not they are a part of the Body of Christ. Jim Wallis, long a prophetic voice within the Christian community, begins his recent book by highlighting the historic roots of the call for reform and justice in the great revivals of nineteenth-century Great Britain and America. He then points the reader to encouraging signs of evangelical Christians who are insisting that to be consistently Christian in today's world means more than simply opposing abortion on demand and homosexual marriages. A new breed of evangelical Christians are finding their call to witness to a broken world in the pages of Scripture rather than political ideologies. They are discovering, or rather rediscovering, that they can make a positive difference on such issues as the environment, race relations and diversity, social and economic justice, and the choice of peace over war. The god of the Religious Right's making has been revealed to be an idolatrous patriotism that has put America in danger of losing its very soul. Tragically, well-meaning Christians have been misled into being "partners in crime" with those who seek false honors and hollow gains. But a new breeze is blowing through the slough of despond that has been the contemporary political scene in America for far too long. Christians are beginning to break free of their enchantment with the Religious Right and ask what it means to be pro-life, what it means to seek justice, in short, what it means to be salt and light in a fallen world. Posted over a bumper sticker that proclaims "My country, right or wrong," can be seen a new one that asks, "Who would Jesus torture?" The Great Awakening is for the thinking Christian, the Christian who would follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
The Great Awakening Mar 15, 2008
This book gives the best treatment I have seen of how both religious believers and politicians are regaining the proper focus on the true problems of the day - such as global poverty and AIDS, racial reconciliation, environmental destruction, the plight of women in the developing world, and related problems. Evangelicals and others are beginning to realize that such things are far more important, and more aligned with true religion, that judgmental debates over homosexuality and the right to birth (a more accurate term than right to life). Conversely, politicians are realizing that freedom of religion does not mean religious principles of our leaders are irrelevant; they have been a major factor influencing decisions throughout our history as a nation.
Timely Mar 14, 2008
If you are interested in the role of faith and politics, this is a must-read before the next election. It doesn't preach ... it reminds us that faith SHOULD influence our social action. While I'm not sure I see the religious right quite so silenced as Rev. Wallis, the surge in presence of other religious persons, accross religious lines, is an encouragement.
Read it. Show it to your friends. Bring it to your place of worship and encourage others to social justice, peace, and faith.
Hope for the future Mar 9, 2008
Jim Wallis' new book, 'The Great Awakening' is an inspired and inspiring work that gives all readers extraordinary hope for the future. Jim writes about an imminent 'great awakening' and a passionate hunger for justice that is apparent, especially amongst the youth of the world. Jim shows a depth of analysis of the topics he covers and gives his readers a concrete direction forward in their fight for justice. He encourages everyone to put social justice issues on their personal agenda, spurring them on to push through any apparent barriers. The book has left me inspired and I have already found issues in my own State of Victoria, Australia, that I have begun to tackle with a ferocity I have not experienced before.