Editor Stephanie Egnotovich reviewed a lifetime of Coffin's sermons and unpublished speeches and then excerpted and organized them into categories. His words and her editing created a book that is full of quotables. For example:
On Social Justice and Economic Rights: "In the United States grim poverty is a tragedy that great wealth makes a sin."For the leftist leaning Christian, this is the book you'll want to take on your next spiritual retreat, political protest, or any situation where left-leaning Christians gather to create social change. And when it's not being carted around in a satchel, it deserves a permanent residence on your lifelong spiritual contemplations bookshelf. --Gail Hudson
On Social Justice and Civil Liberties: "Prejudice disfigures the observer, not the person observed. If only the latter could remember it."
On Patriotism: "All nations make decisions based on self-interest and then defend them in the name of morality."
On War and Peace: "We are beginning to resemble extinct dinosaurs who suffered from too much armor and too little brain."
Awesome book filled with short thoughts filled with much to consider and ponderPublished 3 months ago by Ann S. Munsterman
It will be our study guide in a group setting soon, and I find it interesting, and look forward to hearing comments
from others in the group.
I bought this book to become better acquainted with William Sloane Coffin who was a fascinating man. Read morePublished 14 months ago by E. A. Schimmelpfennig
This is not a long sermon but a collection of thoughts. It approaches deep concerns and issues not by the cumulative weight of ponderous text but by the quick and incisive... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bill P.
Coffin writes poignantly and succinctly on most of life concerns. As one who has put his own life on the line, one of the most beloved of teachers, now deceased, continues to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Don Davidson, Jr.
I had read this book at a friend's house and was so totally thrilled by its contents that I had to have my own copy. It is an amazing guide for life!Published on January 8, 2013 by Ellen Hackney
This book by Coffin is a fascinating, compelling book. It looks at life, at the Christian life, at what we do and should or should not do. Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by J. Robert Ewbank
Very inspirational but not actually religiously so. More thought provoking. A pick up at any time for words of wisdom. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Celestine Favinger