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Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post-Civil Rights Generation Paperback – September 28, 2010
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"Recommend Mobilizing Hope especially to college students, campus ministers, parachurch ministry leaders, and youth directors." (Daniel Johnson, CBA Retailers & Resources, October 2010)
"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)
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..
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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.
This book is a must-read for people who want to recover from the bad rap that Christianity has received recently, thanks to the term "Chrstian" having been co-opted by the far right for far too long.
Christ offered hope and help to the disenfranchised and beleaguered. We should do no less...
Bravo, Adam!!! BRAVO!!!
Another good book is GOD'S POLITICS by Jim Wallis... and any of Wallis's other books. God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It
Rev. Jeffrey Haggray, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Washington, DC
Adam Taylor's book challenges us as believers in Christ to be ACTIVE against injustice. Building on the civil rights movement of the 60's and the importance that Christian faith was to that movement, Taylor argues that by taking the same ethos and approach the church could have a momentous impact on the injustices of the 21st century and engaging society, politicians and business on behalf of the weak, vulnerable and oppressed.
Taylor is not advocating an all-encompassing social justice campaign. Too often such campaigns become the be all and end all of peoples lives. Social Justice should not be our driving force, but our foundation should be Jesus Christ, our faith, and the gospel. Taylor is arguing for a spiritual holistic approach to engaging the issues of our nation and the world with the truths of Jesus Christ. He writes while we are co-creators and co-celebrants with God in this kingdom building project, we must always remember that ultimately our vision and strength comes from the Lord.
In his book Taylor is calling the Church of Christ to action. How on earth can the Church not be at the front and center for the need for justice? Get inspired and read this book.