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Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery Paperback – February 1, 2011
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"One does not need to agree with Jim Wallis on everything to find "Rediscovering Values" insightful and timely. In our current economic struggles, Wallis sees an opportunity, not just for recovery, but for the renewal of important, neglected ideals. This is a needed voice at a challenging time."--Mike Gerson -- chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush, author of Heroic Conservatism, and a columnist for the Washington Post
"As readable as it is challenging, this book shows us all how to build a moral recovery that is good for the family, the nation, and the world."--Sharon Watkins -- general minister and president of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
"I am part of a generation of young people - Jews, Muslims, Christians and beyond - who view faith as a bridge of cooperation and an inspiration for social justice. Our model is a man who has lived these values, the Reverend Jim Wallis. We are coming of age now, the Jim Wallis generation, and we are ready to change the world."--Eboo Patel -- Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith
"One of America's most thoughtful, provocative and powerful prophetic voices does it again. With moral incisiveness expressed in terms accessible to all, Wallis impressively weaves together, economic theory, corporate realities, cultural analysis, and religious values to put a human face on, and bring moral clarity to, our economic crisis. His delineation of the responsibilities of corporate America ought to be studied in every corporation and business school. Religious leaders of any faith looking to address the corporate responsibility in our economic crisis will find no more eloquent, incisive or morally powerful guide than Rediscovering Values."--David Saperstein -- Director and Counsel of Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
"Wallis is the most influential and visionary religious leader of our time. His broad appeal and impact are reminiscent of Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Luther King Jr. Not only has he provided clear intellectual direction for our political, cultural, and spiritual renaissance he has launched a movement to renew the church and our democracy."--Robert M. Franklin -- President of Morehouse College and author of Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities
"At this critical time in history, Jim Wallis offers a guidebook for all who long to reflect wisely on our personal and corporate choices and return to true Biblical values that offer hope to this broken world."--Lynne Hybels -- Advocate for Global Engagement, Willow Creek Community Church
"Is it possible to change the world's trajectory? Can we create a new moral compass in the aftermath of the recent economic crisis? In "Rediscovering Values", Jim Wallis argues that the world can change when people of good faith make different choices and act collectively. Read this book and join the movement - Jim calls us, as Jesus did, to challenge the status quo by making 'kingdom' choices."--Rich Stearns -- President of World Vision US, author of The Hole in Our Gospel
"Could it be that today's problems will actually bring benefit beyond mere solutions? Jim Wallis leads us to the foundational values that will not only improve our circumstances but build our character."--Dr. Joel C. Hunter -- Senior Pastor, Northland: A Church Distributed
"Agree or disagree -- Jim Wallis touches your heart, stretches your mind, and challenges your values. He thunders like an Old Testament prophet, yet he is gentle and gracious. With a heart for people and a dream for a better tomorrow, Jim Wallis looks tough times in the eye and talks of hope."--Leith Anderson -- President of National Association of Evangelicals
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But his newest book, Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street , is a return to the themes and to the fire of his classical period of fighting for American Christians to cut back and help the poor and to take stock of how we live. This is the most personal of his books -- the stories about his two boys and baseball and their night time prayers are priceless. It is also the most generous and pastorally sensitive. (Never mind that one of my (our) North Park students, Tim King, got to write The Epilogue.)
This books calls America, and Christians in America, to ask not "How can we recover our economy?" or "How can we get back to way things were?", but to ask "How can this economic crisis change us?" and "What can communities of faith do about it?" Wallis fears that we want to go back to the way things were, but the way things were got built on sandy foundations and reckless speculation and spending. Instead, in this book he calls us back to the values that can make a society strong and a church a witness to God's justice and peace.
Like Tim Keller, Wallis thinks the decades leading up to our economic crisis were rooted in idolatry, where greed was good, where it was all about me, and where the idea of "I want it now" ruled the day.Read more ›
I think that Rediscovering Values can go a long way to silence Wallis's critics if they would just give him a listening ear. Jim Wallis is not saying that he favors a centrally planned economy over a market economy. Neither is he trying to replace capitalism with socialism....or any other "ism." What Wallis is saying is that the private sector, the public sector, and the civic sector should all serve as a system of checks and balances against the other, and neither can function properly without a moral compass that looks out for the common good of all.
Very well written and highly recommended!
And rather than being an anti-business screed, "Rediscovering Values" lays out a number of principles for people to follow to set themselves on the right financial path going forward.Read more ›
Although I don't agree with every point Wallis makes, he has challenged me to rediscover the core values of my faith and respond. For example, as I try to live as a Good Samaritan, I was challenged to remember that "The gospel story of the Good Samaritan teaches an age old lesson that we must reach out to other human beings in order to be human ourselves and that we will likely have to cross some traditional social boundaries to do that."
Readers of the book will see how they can use this transformational moment to regain balance by remembering that enough is enough, that we're in it together, and that our aim must be to "develop an ethic of a sustainable economy and sustainable communities and to teach that ethic to our children."
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This work by Jim Wallis is highly inspirational for me. It gives a practical approach for bringing my values to the life I lead.Published on March 2, 2014 by Thomas Franklin
It takes us back to what worked in the past and the path of destruction that we could be heading toward.Published on December 31, 2013 by Diana Foster
I was expecting something different when I started reading the book--there was a lot of economic information, which I was not as interested in as I was in the morals and values. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by happy grandma
This book is typical of its genre in that it has an artificial or vaguely defined premise written by someone who likes to hear himself talk. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Hopeless with computers
Jim Wallis in this CD series speaks to us about the common good.
Every thought, decision that we make can affect one another. Read more
Jim Wallis is a powerful writer; one of the prophets of our day. He helps one look at what your really value in your life.Published on May 18, 2013 by Dorothy Higdon
I read this book because it is on the United Methodist Women Reading List. I thought it was very good - lived beyond my expectations. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by patsy edwards
The author did a very good job in raising new questions and in giving opinions as to what we can do to change for the better.Published on April 6, 2013 by Roger L. Reid