New and Noteworthy

The Alpha and Omega

Revelation is perhaps the most abused book of the Bible, often used by conspiracy theorists and imperial-minded governments as a divine handbook for how the world will end. In A History of the End of the World, journalist Jonathan Kirsch looks at the fascinating ways this Bible bookend has influenced civilization, from the apocalyptic literature of John’s time to the present moment. Substantial and well-written. HarperSanFrancisco

Inner Nonviolence

In Personal Nonviolence: A Practical Spirituality for Peacemakers, Gerard Vanderhaar marries the personal and the political by approaching peacemaking from the foundation up—that is, focusing on a spirituality of nonviolence. In a warm and conversational style, Vanderhaar asks what interior stability will we rely on as we resist and challenge the principalities and powers, and points to the life of Jesus. A good introduction to nonviolent living. www.paxchristiusa.org

Changemakers

The Social Entrepreneurship Series, produced by Ashoka’s Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship, focuses on visionaries with ideas that have made a positive and effective global impact on social ills such as poverty and corruption. The 16-program DVD series includes interviews with Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International, and Alice Tepper Marlin, founder of Social Accountability International. dvd.ashoka.org

Rainbow Economics

It’s the gap in wealth, not income, that tells the most revealing story about inequality in the U.S. The five authors of The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide—all associated with the Boston-based group United for a Fair Economy—focus on wealth injustice among Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. White Americans have assets 10 times greater than Americans of color, an astounding reality government policies often reinforce. The New Press

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