Faith Works is a book about how people can heal their own souls by reaching out to others. It offers practical advice about how people can get involved in ways that make a difference, not only in their communities and in the lives of people they touch, but also in their own lives. Fundamentally it’s a vision for putting faith into action; or even, finding faith by taking action. It is a book that is part memoir, part inspirational game plan for transforming our own lives and our society, and part primer on how faith communities are changing neighborhoods.
Jim Wallis writes in the book’s introduction:
People often ask me, "Where have you found the strength to stay involved for so long?" or "How have you stuck with it and not burned out?" I’ve asked those questions of myself. But more often I’ve asked myself how I can make the most difference in the world. For me, the answer to both questions is the difference that faith makes. What do I mean by faith? I like the definition used by the biblical writer of Hebrews: "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Simply put, faith makes hope possible. And hope is the single most important ingredient for changing the world.