This eloquent manifesto for political and social transformation challenges liberals and conservatives alike. Wallis, a Washington, D.C.-based grassroots activist who is founding editor of Sojorners and an evangelical Christian preacher, writes in the tradition of Wendell Berry, Michael Lerner, Cornel West and others who have sought to reconnect politics to personal responsibility and the need to rebuild family and community. Attacking the religious right for supporting wasteful military build-up, fueling the backlash against women's rights and discriminating against homosexuals, Wallis argues for a new political morality that places the nation's-and world's-poor people at the center of our attention and is committed to ending institutionalized racism, sexism, selfish materialism and ecological destruction. Drawing on his own experiences fighting poverty, discrimination and gang violence in Washington, Los Angeles, South Africa and the Philippines, he sets forth numerous proposals ranging from community-based economic development programs to redistribution of land.
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A passionate plea for social justice and renewal, from the nationally known activist, preacher, and editor of Sojourners magazine. Drawing on his firsthand experience of inner-city life in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Chicago and his visits to trouble spots such as Nicaragua, the Philippines, and South Africa, Wallis (The Call to Conversion, 1981) sets out his vision of a new politics, based on biblical principles, that incorporates both liberal social concern and conservative zeal for personal responsibility. He is at his best, however, when describing actual incidents and people. We meet Mrs. Mary Glover, a 60-year-old African-American woman at the Sojourners' Neighborhood Center, 20 blocks from the White House, who prays aloud each morning before the hungry arrive for food: ``Lord, we know that you'll be comin' through this line today. So help us to treat you well.'' We hear of 13-year-old Eddie, who gets drawn into drug-dealing and death on the streets of the capital. Wallis, whose heroes are Gandhi, Dorothy Day, and Nelson Mandela, is eloquent in his denunciation of consumerism and the huge gap between the affluent and the poor. He argues that the concept of human rights, rather than being seen as individual rights, should be broadened by a notion of community and deepened by a sense of the image of God in each person. Wallis's view of a social action that would link the issues of poverty, racism, sexism, and nuclear weapons is more visionary than practical, and his style is overly rhetorical and preachy. He avoids discussing the underlying philosophical questions of how society should be run and what people's duties are to each other, and his assessments of people and situations, such as that of contemporary South Africa, can be idealistic and nave. The foreword is by Garry Wills and the preface by Cornel West. A stimulating vision of a just society but with little meat for those who want to ask deeper questions. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.See all Editorial Reviews
As a secular person, the book took some patience and rereading to get a personal meaning out of. Jim Wallis is a great writer, and gives a solid analysis of the limited two party... Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by cybersoupkitchen
The author, and most of the reviewers of this book, still don't get it. Liberalism is a religion--it is a "replacement theolology"--and the American Left is insidiously replacing... Read morePublished on January 10, 2008 by J. Golden
I must admit, as a Black living in America, I'm inclined to read works written mostly by Black authors. Read morePublished on August 26, 2007 by Eric V. Johnson
Jim Wallis takes on the world with this book. Evan though written more than 10 years ago, it is even more relevant today. Read morePublished on January 19, 2007 by Point Vivian
In some ways I wish I hadn't read this book, because now I have to do something. While I'm not sure what exactly that will be - something will change in my life. Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by Andy Atkinson
Jim Wallis gets it! What we need is what both liberals and conservatives affifm (not what they deny). Read morePublished on October 13, 2005 by Meredith B. Handspicker
Wallis takes politics out of the hands of politicians and pundits and delivers it to spiritual folk with clear implications for their lives. Read morePublished on October 10, 2005 by Aunt Jo
This is a very admirable view and Wallis is very forgiving, as we all should be. That is, after all, the Christian way. Read morePublished on June 5, 2002