Every day we are confronted by challenging societal problems, from poverty and institutional racism to AIDS and homelessness. It can all seem so overwhelming. But while none of us can do everything, all of us can do something. This handbook will help you discover what you can do.
Mae Elise Cannon provides a comprehensive resource for Christians like you who are committed to social justice. She presents biblical rationale for justice and explains a variety of Christian approaches to doing justice. Tracing the history of Christians in social engagement, she lifts out role models and examples from the Great Awakenings to the civil rights movement. A wide-ranging catalog of topics and issues give background info about justice issues at home and abroad, such as
- sex trafficking
- domestic violence
- living wage initiatives
- debt relief
- environmental stewardship
- and much, much more
This handbook includes dozens of practical exercises for taking action, as well as profiles of key figures and movements like William Wilberforce, the Salvation Army and Bono, highlighting how Christians and churches can make a difference. Also included are spiritual practices and resources to help us move from immobility to advocacy.
God has always worked through his people to accomplish improbable tasks, and he can use you too. This handbook will be an essential companion for living justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with your God.
Mae Elise Cannon serves as the senior director of advocacy and outreach for World Vision USA. She is a minister, writer, and academic who cares deeply about God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed. Her publications include Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World(2009) and Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action (2013). To view and purchase all works by Cannon, check out her author page on Amazon.com.
Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World, by Mae Elise Cannon, InterVarsity Press February 25, 2015; ISBN: 9780830837151