The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America  -     By: Jim Wallis
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Poverty, global warming, environmental degradation and terrorism are some of the most pressing global issues of our time. While Washington offers us only the politics of blame and fear, Jim Wallis offers hope by helping to change the national conversation on faith and politics. By helping a nation hungry for hope and positive political solutions, Wallis shows us that a revival is happening, as people of faith and moral conviction seek common ground for change.
By reminding us that religious faith was a driving force behind our nation's greatest social reforms (the abolitionist and civil rights movement), Wallis shows how these "great awakenings" took place during crucial moments in our nation's history, ultimately propelling us toward the common good. The time is ripe for another movement that will transform this country. The Great Awakening, will help you to rediscover the moral center of our faith while providing the needed inspiration to help you find solutions to our nation's greatest political challenges.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0060558296
ISBN-13: 9780060558291
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What will it take to solve the biggest issues of our time: extreme and needless poverty, global warming and environmental degradation, terrorism and the endless cycle of violence, racism, human trafficking, health care and education, and other pressing problems? While Washington offers only the politics of blame and fear, Jim Wallis, the man who changed the conversation about faith and politics, has traveled the country and found a nation hungry for a politics of solutions and hope. He shows us that a revival is happening, as people of faith and moral conviction seek common ground for change.

Wallis also reminds us that religious faith was a driving force behind our greatest national reforms, such as the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement. These "great awakenings" happened periodically at crucial times in our nation's history to propel us toward the common good. The time is ripe for another movement that will transform this country. With The Great Awakening, Wallis helps us rediscover our moral center and provides both the needed inspiration and a concrete plan to hold politics accountable and find solutions to our greatest challenges.

Author Bio

Jim Wallis is the author of the New York Times bestseller God's Politics, which electrified Americans disenchanted with how the Right had co-opted all talk about integrating religious values into our politics by offering an alternative voice. Wallis is a leading figure at the crossroads of religion and politics in America today, the author of eight books, and the founder of Sojourners, a global faith and justice network. He is a public theologian, an internationally renowned speaker and preacher, a faith-based activist, husband, and father to two young boys, and a Little League baseball coach.

Publisher's Weekly

First, the good news: according to Wallis, founder of Sojourners and author of the bestseller God's Politics, the era of the Religious Right is over, and a new crop of under-thirty progressives may well be taking American religion—and American politics—by storm. The bad news: People of faith need to get to work to further this grassroots support for social justice. Wallis draws on lively stories from his speaking engagements and world travels to discuss how the silent majority of religious Americans who don't feel represented by the Religious Right's agenda can first take comfort in their sheer numbers and then take action in their communities to fight poverty, clean up the environment and eradicate disease. The book is as passionate, engaging, and emotionally moving as readers have come to expect from Wallis, who comes across as a Rauschenbuschian teddy bear, alternately stumping for justice and proclaiming God's love. As a cohesive book, however, this has a rough and clunky sensibility, with considerable repetition of ideas, examples, and even phrasing. It has the feel of discrete essays and speeches that have been knocked together and too lightly edited. Still, fans of God's Politics who are eager to learn about the next step will find compelling ideas and stories here. (Jan. 22) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

The book is as passionate, engaging, and emotionally moving as readers have come to expect from Wallis.
Laden with anecdotes, Wallis’ book claims a groundswell of progressive believers could accomplish social transformation that mere politics cannot deliver.
Offers insight into religious activism and the possibilities for a more progressive approach to religious engagement in the public square
This call to arms is approachable and inspiring . . . Wallis’s analysis of the role of faith, especially Christian faith, in embracing progressive ‘common good’ politics is highly astute and, overall, very compelling.
“This is a must-read for anyone concerned about the staggering problems that America faces today. Before you vote, read THE GREAT AWAKENING.”
...a timely, powerful, persuasive book which richly deserves a wide hearing....

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