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A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community Hardcover – April 15, 2014


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006227354X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062273543
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Sister Simone Campbell gained both fame and notoriety on the national and international scenes when she became the spokesperson for NETWORK’s fortieth-anniversary road trip in 2012. With several other nuns, she boarded a bus in support of health and social-justice issues. A practicing attorney for several decades, she provides a compelling report on how the road trip was organized and the intentions that sparked it and kept it energized. Before launching into the political and religious ethics underpinning that event, however, Sister Simone shares her autobiography, introducing readers to the social, spiritual, and intellectual influences that shaped her life’s work. Her religious community was founded on the grounds of improving social justice, and NETWORK’s projects, as well as Sister Simone’s undertakings, draw on a history that is both feminist-positive, respectful of both diversity and tradition, and intended to provide justice for all. An excellent book to join a shelf with Simone Weil’s Waiting for God (1951) and Anita Caspary’s Witness to Integrity (2003). --Francisca Goldsmith

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“If there’s a single phrase to describe Sister Simone, it is ‘compassionate conviction.’ With bravery, with courage, with optimism, she is focused on the common good. She is a champion for the cause of peace and justice. She has the will and the drive to do right.” (Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi)

“I truly believe that the Nuns on the Bus campaign changed the national conversation on our national priorities and our budget. .Let me also congratulate one of my personal “sheroes,” and a clear and compelling voice for social justice: Sister Simone Campbell.” (Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin)

“Who doesn’t love a feisty nun? The Catholicism of Sister Campbell…is the faith of social justice activists like Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, the church whose pope pleaded for relief of the ‘misery and wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working class.’” (New York Times)

“[Campbell] is an unusual combination of hard–hitting political strategist and poetry–writing spiritual figure…Campbell’s style of engagement on the Hill is part Zen master, part political tactician.” (Washington Post)

“Campbell’s advocacy is rooted in her faith, in doing what Jesus says we should do.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Nuns have played many roles in Catholic history, from convent monastics to street activists, but it’s difficult to think of another nun like Sister Simone Campbell. A registered lobbyist and political strategist, she has exercised quiet but important influence in advancing liberal Catholic causes in Washington.” (Time magazine)

“The Nuns on the Bus rolled into South Bend, Ind., on Thursday evening to find the same sort of enthusiastic crowds that often greet Notre Dame teams coming home after big wins on the road.” (National Catholic Reporter)

“And on the fourth day…Nuns on the Bus came to South Bend, Indiana…the women religious involved in this nine-state pilgrimage met with 300 adoring, sign-waving supporters…” (Commonweal)

“My conservative friends insist Paul Ryan’s Roadmap is the answer to our economy to ensure a rosy future for our children… These courageous nuns decided to follow their conscience and report what the real effects would mean for Americans. Nuns on the Bus are hitting the road with the facts…” (Detroit News)

“Nuns on the Bus share a gospel of community and collective responsibility…The Nuns on the Bus speak with the kind of moral authority that politicians simply do not have, no matter how much they try to dress up Ayn Rand’s philosophy in religious rhetoric.” (Examiner)

“Nuns on the Bus travel the continent on behalf of justice. It is hard to choose a word to describe the interaction between the crowd and the travelers. One could say ‘enthusiastic,’ or ‘excited,’ but none of those words really captures the mood. The only word that fits is love.” (People’s World)

“NETWORK’s projects, as well as Sister Simone’s undertakings, draw on a history that is both feminist-positive, respectful of both diversity and tradition, and intended to provide justice for all.” (Booklist)

More About the Author

Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Lobby, since 2004.

She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. Among her accomplishments while at NETWORK was the writing of the famous "Nuns' Letter," considered by many as critically important in convincing Congress to support the Affordable Care Act, and organizing and leading NETWORK's "Nuns on the Bus" trips across the country to support economic justice and immigration reform.

She has received numerous awards and has been the keynote or featured speaker at many large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She has often appeared in the national and international media, including recent appearances on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is also the author of "A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community," which will be published in April 2014 by HarperCollins.

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From the beginning of page one to the last I was hooked.
Patricia Cunningham
There is so much more, and Sister Simone’s book will have you asking yourself if there is something you can do too.
Pamela Barrett
Sister Simone Campbell tells the story of her work, promoting social justice, with humility, honesty and humor.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By R. Vosburg on April 21, 2014
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It always amazes me when a Christian is not familiar with Matthew 25: 31 - 46, referred to as "The Judgment of Nations". Sr. Simone is certainly familiar with it and the Book of Deuteronomy also. This book provides an overview of her life, education and charism as a Religious. She takes the major socio-political issues of our time and looks at them from the perspective of the Gospels. I found her to be unbiased: She states her position and provides her justification for it - a legal style she is comfortable with as familiarly as she is with Gospel principles. If one has a closed mind or gets all of their information about government and society from Faux News, then they will not like what she has to say in this book; but state truth is what she does, and the truth will set one free; but it is not always painless to examine ourselves, especially in the light of what Matthew records of Jesus' statements in the Gospels. If one wants to know about the ACA, then there is plenty of information available from all kinds of sources, including Network. One did not need to wait for this book to get an unbiased view. One can demonstrate some initiative and find it online, call Network or go to the public library. I use the word 'apologist' for Sister Simone because she does provide just that - a defense of the progressive position. Historically, in this nation, we have always advanced more with a progressive agenda nationally than we ever did with a conservative agenda. (Read History occasionally, Folks. There is some excellent material available here on amazon.com for all) I highly recommend this book; and I applaud Sister Simone for being prophetic - living the Word as it is written.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By webwiz99 on April 28, 2014
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This is a most encouraging, in these times, story of Sister Simone's growing up,
becoming interested in helping our disadvantaged and unrepresented brothers and
sisters here in America, joining a religious community of Sisters dedicated to that
mission --- and working creatively and with great energy, talent and heart to help them.

The brief stories she tells of some of those whom she, and others with her, helped
are very moving. With so many crazies in government trying in perverted ways to
ignore and stomp down the poor, it is so encouraging to know that there are
many of "God's angels" leading efforts to which we ourselves can commit.

Yeah, Sister!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gasper N. Ferraro on June 4, 2014
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I have seen Sister Simone on a few talk shows and found her to be a true messenger of Jesus. Her mission is totally focused on helping the poor and she has been doing this her entire adult life, so you have to consider her expert in this. Besides being a sister, she is an attorney, so she is also an expert in regard to the law. It's wonderful reading how Sister Simone somehow finds a balance between remaining a devout Catholic and going up against our prior Pope and the American Bishops in regard to their take over of all the sisters/nuns in the US. Being a devout Catholic myself, I find it outrageous that the Bishops are jealous of the good work of these wonderful women. Of course, over the years the prior Popes and Bishops have managed to drive most of our sisters/nuns from the church, but thank God sister/nuns like Simone have stayed to help the poor. Sister Simone and I are also in agreement that there is a lot of hope that our new Pope will focus more on the poor and less on politics. I also hope the Congressman Paul Ryan reads this book and maybe lighting will hit him and he will realize that being a good Catholic means helping the poor not the rich.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leather1905 on June 9, 2014
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For those of us who have endured and followed the decline of The Church as it first facilitated, then hid, then denied the pedophile abuse scandal within its ranks (including the continued hiding of Cardinal Bernard Law in Rome far away from the long arms of American laws) this book recounts how passionate, religious, true-believing Nuns took on the corrupt American Bishops and a deaf Catholic hierarchy in Rome and, in the process, contributed to a change in direction, style and compassion within a Church they dedicated their lives to serve. It is a fun read and will remind you what the force of genuine beliefs and good manners can have on an arrogant citadel of all-men. A perfect reading companion to understanding the evolving Church under a still-new, Jesuit Pope. A perfect summer read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Cunningham on May 25, 2014
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From the beginning of page one to the last I was hooked. This is a must read for anyone serious about living the Gospel's message. I have downloaded the study guide. This book is a book of hope, honesty, integrity, faith and yes, The Holy Spirit!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rita Smalling on July 21, 2014
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This book will touch your heart and your soul. It is just a slim volume, but this Sister has really lived. She has been involved in many of the key fights of our time. It was my privilege to have met the Bus in WI, and I saw the electric effect it and the Nuns had on the crowd. An extra treat of this book is her beautiful poetry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gloria B. Lee on June 29, 2014
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Sister Simone Campbell does an excellent job of highlighting the work of nuns with the less fortunate against the backdrop of a country failing to recognize the plight of the poor. She promotes social justice as an essential part of church theology and shows us how we can each make a difference by becoming pro-active.
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