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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (August 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830838376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830838370
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Adam Taylor is a movement-builder and hope-mobilizer. In this inaugural book he dares us to nonconformity, for it is the duty of every Christian and person of conscience to disobey ungodly laws and to interrupt unjust systems and to live in ways that do not compute to the patterns of this world that are out of line with God's upside-down kingdom. May it inspire you to live with imagination and to do something with your life that moves this broken world a little closer to God's vision of beloved community." (Shane Claiborne, author, activist and recovering sinner (www.thesimpleway.org))

"With this inspiriting first work, Adam Taylor calls his own generation to meaningful action, deftly locating them in the continuum, rather than the malaise, of the post-civil rights generations. He offers the young Christian reader a practical methodology for social activism rooted in the teachings of Christ and informed by the examples of Martin Luther King Jr., Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the apostle Paul. Taylor challenges and upends the pervasive notion that narcissism and cynicism define his contemporaries, and provides a comprehensive field guide for their burgeoning hope." (Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., Presley Professor, Harvard Medical School)

"In Mobilizing Hope, Adam Taylor issues a most compassionate, compelling and courageous call for a new generation of transformed kingdom-focused nonconformists and activists committed to social and economic justice as the saving grace of America. He draws upon his own homegrown roots as a student of the 1960s civil rights movement's messages and methods. Yet he recognizes that today's young leaders will frame strategies that fit new times. His bottom line, and that of God's people of diverse backgrounds, must be to ignore society's seductive call to conform and answer the gospel call to dismantle injustice wherever it is found." (Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, president, Skinner Leadership Institute, and former executive director, Congressional Black Caucus)

"Adam Taylor has written a beautiful, inspiring book. The message is pure and true: faith transforms people, and transformed people can transform the world. For me, reading the book was itself a transformative experience, a necessary reminder of how my own faith inspires and commands me to change injustice into justice, callousness into compassion, conflict into cooperation." (Eboo Patel, American Muslim leader, and founder and executive director, Interfaith Youth Core)

"I highly recommend Mobilizing Hope to men and women who are crazy enough to believe that our faith should lead to action, and that our action offers hope for a transformed society. Adam is a dynamic young leader with much wisdom to offer those of us engaged in the complexities of seeking justice." (Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association)

"Adam Taylor's Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post-Civil Rights Generation will likely be one of the prompts that we've long needed to calibrate our moral compasses and the spark we've needed to refocus our attention on reconciliation and justice in the post-civil rights era. This book speaks to the new generation of leaders, as well as the vanguard, about what it takes to transition from service to activism and what each of us needs to do to find a voice that is clear and truthful in the twenty-first century." (Robert Franklin, president, Morehouse College)

"Adam Taylor makes a powerful case for a new chapter of activism for the common good, and he provides practical guidance for those who heed the call. Taylor treasures his heritage; he also understands the hopes and fears of a new generation about civic engagement. By candidly and perceptively addressing these matters, Taylor creates a new conversation and points toward a better day." (Melissa Rogers, director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University Divinity School)

"This inspiring book clarifies the call for Christians to join with God in restructuring societal institutions so that justice will pervade the earth and the oppressed will enjoy deliverance. I give this book two thumbs up!" (Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus, Eastern University)

"Adam Taylor's daring manifesto calls a new generation of faith leaders to become Christ-centered activists for love and justice. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream, Taylor's Mobilizing Hope offers a bold, vivid vision that energizes and equips Christians to live into a prophetic, intercultural future." (Peter Goodwin Heltzel, author of Jesus and Justice)

"In Mobilizing Hope, Adam Taylor challenges Christians to embrace St. Paul's call not to conform with the ways of the world but to be people of conviction and action and hope. The book offers practical examples and ideas for putting our faith to work on behalf of the poor and oppressed." (Richard Stearns, president, World Vision, U.S., and author of The Hole in Our Gospel)

"Adam Taylor is a true prophet of our time. From the halls of Harvard to the West Wing of the White House to the streets of Zimbabwe, he has been a consistent voice for justice and righteousness. His message echoes the Old Testament prophets who were unafraid to speak truth to power. But Taylor's secret is he knows movements don't start in the halls of power, they end there. In Mobilizing Hope, Taylor shares how our generation can birth a new Spirit-led movement for justice." (Aaron Graham, lead pastor, The District Church)

"In recent years, there has been an evangelical resurgence in social concerns. This renewed interest has resulted in a new generation of believers seeking to live out the biblical call for social justice. Adam Taylor is an individual that has engaged on all levels of biblical social justice. This theologically reflective and historically thoughtful book is the result of an embodied life of justice. Mobilizing Hope reveals the very best of what the next evangelicalism can be. Passionate about Jesus with a deep sense of God's heart of justice for the world, Adam's work challenges all of us to live an authentic spirituality and a lived theology for the sake of the gospel and the world." (Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary)

"I'm proud to see the struggle to build God's beloved community continue through the creative maladjustment of a committed minority of transformed nonconformists highlighted in these pages." (Congressman John Lewis, from the afterword)

"From now on, whenever I meet those eager and seeking young people who want their faith and their lives to make a difference in the world, I have a book to recommend. And I commend it to you. It could change your life." (Jim Wallis, from the foreword)

"Adam has become my friend, kindred spirit and younger soulmate in the movement to put faith into action. Mobilizing Hope is . . . a manifesto for this generation which is such a sign of hope for me." (Jim Wallis, from the foreword)

About the Author

Adam Russell Taylor is vice president of advocacy at World Vision, USA. He recently completed a yearlong fellowship at the White House, and he formerly served as the Senior Political Director at Sojourners, where he was responsible for leading the organization's advocacy, coalition building and constituency outreach. He has also served as the executive director of Global Justice, an organization that educates and mobilizes students around global human rights and economic justice. Before cofounding Global Justice, he worked as an associate at the Harvard University Carr Center for Human Rights and as an urban fellow in the Department of Housing Preservation and Development in New York City. Taylor is a graduate of Emory University, the Kennedy School of Government and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. He is also an ordained associate minister at First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C..

Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He been named to serve on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street--A Moral Compass for the New Economy. His two previous books, The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America and God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It were both New York Times bestsellers. He is President and CEO of Sojourners; where he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine. Wallis frequently speaks in the United States and abroad.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Jeff Haggray on September 15, 2010
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In writing Mobilizing Hope, my colleague in ministry, the Reverend Adam Taylor has passionately called forth and introduced his generation, which he calls the post-civil rights generation, and inspires them to employ their faith, convictions, global perspective, and passion to effect the social and political change needed today. Adam prompts us to honor, learn from, and to build upon the gains that were made by diverse leaders during the movement for civil-rights, and then to develop faith-inspired and informed strategies to realize the vision of the beloved community. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mobilizing Hope, and strongly recommend it to my colleagues in the faith community that are seeking to connect with young progressive thinkers and activists such as Adam.
Rev. Jeffrey Haggray, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Washington, DC
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Graham on September 15, 2010
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Adam Taylor is a true prophet of our time. From the halls of Harvard to the West Wing of the White House to the streets of Zimbabwe, he has been a consistent voice for justice and righteousness. His message echoes the Old Testament prophets who were unafraid to speak truth to power. But Taylor's secret is he knows movements don't start in the halls of power, they end there. In Mobilizing Hope, Taylor shares how our generation can birth a new Spirit-led movement for justice.

If you are interested in learning more about how the younger generation approaches issues of biblical social justice than you should read this. If you are interested in understanding how to be true to your Christian faith while building bridges to people with no faith or other perspectives than read this book. This would be an excellent small group study on your campus or in your neighborhood for people wanting to learn how to address systemic injustice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug S on September 21, 2010
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Adam Taylor's book, Mobilizing Hope directly addresses the yearning so many people feel for ways to combine their faith and sense of justice in the modern world. Adam Taylor deftly infuses his inspiring personal narrative throughout this well crafted argument that religion, philosophy and history provide practical tools for mobilizing action today on some of the world's toughest issues. Mobilizing Hope inspires and challenges, I found myself reflecting on my own work and life and how I "want to be" in the world. Instead of the usual shouting heard in our political discourse, Taylor humbly submits his views through the avenues of story, personal reflection and well chosen historical voices. This is a book likely to be shared once finished or brought into book clubs and discussion groups once one person has encountered it. I look forward to seeing Taylor's ideas and perspective impact individuals and communities. Doug Shipman, Executive Director, National Center for Civil and Human Rights
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