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Change Agents

Change Agents

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, by David Bornstein. Take a look at some social entrepreneurs—obsessive, mostly unknown folks who work quietly but move and shake with big ideas for creating social change. Stories of these indomitable activists securing electricity for rural Brazilians, improving care for AIDS patients in Pretoria, and pushing disability rights in India are inspiring—and replicable. Oxford University Press.

What Are You Hungry For?

"Food is a cultural, spiritual, and moral casserole," L. Shannon Jung says in Food for Life: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating. We’ve never thought of it quite that way, but, then again, food isn’t just for our physical bodies. What can eating teach us about God, our relationships, and our hunger for a fulfilling purpose in life? A range of reflections to, um, chew on. Fortress Press.



B is for Buechner

Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith, by Frederick Buechner. A favorite minister-writer offers witty definitions for words and biblical characters such as Eve, snobs, the Ethiopian eunuch—even "Buechner." In defining saints, he writes, "In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs are called saints." Gomer, on the other hand, was "a little heavy with the lipstick," but "great at a party and always good for a laugh." HarperSanFrancisco.


The Mother Vice

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Sojourners Magazine May 2004
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