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The World Is Not Ours to Save: Moving from Activist Causes to a Lifelong Calling

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Recent years have seen a remarkable awakening of awareness of global issues. Rising generations are passionately committed to making a difference. Today's young adults want to save the world. But it's not quite that simple. Liking Facebook pages only goes so far. As today's faith-based activists move from awareness to mobilization, we bump up against the complexities of ...more
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Published March 8th 2013 by IVP Books (first published November 28th 2012)
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Sep 08, 2013 Bob rated it it was amazing
We can't save the world, and that is because in Christ, God already has, and will one day complete the job that we cannot. That sums up the main idea of this life-long activist's book.

Wigg-Stevenson's book is broken into two parts. The first explores the limitations of activism, which begins with his own anti-nuclear bomb activism, increasing despair and conversion both to faith and a different way of thinking about his activism. He chronicles our pretensions to heroism ('everyone wants to be a
Sep 17, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
It took me months to get through this book. Not because it was a chore or was a bad read, but because there was just so much for me to digest. This book was exactly what I needed to read right now. I am immersed in social justice issues - professionally, educationally, personally - and even with faith and self care, this type of work can be heavy. I often found myself asking questions like "why? Why am I doing this? Slavery has been around for centuries." Advocacy and mobilization was beginning ...more
Apr 15, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it
I'm quite familiar with the kind of rhetoric that glories in grand plans to save the world. It's simply assumed that is what's pleasing to God. Wigg-Stevenson maintains that sort of talk and resultant action fails to understand the (dysfunctional) world as it is and the complexity of actually bringing about meaningful change. He suggests that if there is saving to be done it's God who, in the end, will do it. This might seem to be something of an echo of the naysayers that told William Carey ...more
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Jul 19, 2013 Tim Hoiland rated it it was amazing
There’s been a recurring theme on this blog early in 2013. In my very positive review of Ken Wytsma’s Pursuing Justice, I put forward a gentle critique of the optimistic way he talks about “changing the world.” Soon afterwards, I offered some thoughts on James Davison Hunter’s sobering assertion that Christians would do well to practice “faithful presence” rather than thinking that changing the world is particularly within grasp. Then, in the pages of a book on faith and learning by Cornelius ...more
Jan 23, 2014 David rated it liked it
If you're interested in making a difference in the world in way that keeps you both rooted in the gospel and dependent on Jesus, this would be a great read.
Tyler - who's own work could be categorized as urgent (bringing down any use of nuclear bombs) - helps see that despite the brokenness in a world that desperately needs restoration, the world is not ours to save. God's kingdom project is already at work. However, before you think you've got nothing to do, read the book and discover how you ca
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Mar 26, 2014 Bryan Kibbe rated it really liked it
For those that are familiar with it, this book offers a great companion to James Davison Hunter's book, To Change the World. Both books express similar themes, though each are very different in style, tone, and pacing. Hunter's book exhibits a certain density characteristic of more academic books, while Wigg-Stevenson's book is sure to be more accessible to a wider audience. For example, Wigg-Stevenson uses an abundance of everyday experiences and encounters to inject a sense of narrative into ...more
Mar 13, 2016 Zeke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Powerful and timely book. I think Wigg-Stevenson does a great job stripping away the misconception (even among the church) that the world's problems can be solved just by caring a little bit more. It's challenging in all sorts of ways and I highlighted and starred passages all over the book. I do think he stretches his Biblical exegesis of Micah 4 a little bit in the second half of the book, but the lessons are still worth learning even if they don't come directly from that passage. Would have ...more
Dec 30, 2013 David rated it liked it
I came to this book as one never should: I liked the cover. It's not a cover I wanted lying around for other people to misconstrue, but it grabbed me. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson has helped me want peace more. I've never been pro-war or anti-peace, but he wrote a book which helped ground me in Biblical Theology while covering events such as apartheid in South Africa, the devastation of Hiroshima, and the place that defines "unpeaceful," Palestine. He writes of these places with empathy and with some ...more
Joel Wentz
May 02, 2013 Joel Wentz rated it it was amazing
I was quite surprised by how much I loved this book. Wigg-Stevenson is able to deftly move from heart-wrenching personal stories to extremely humorous satire regarding Christian activist culture (his overview of the typical "Christian cause" video had me laughing out loud!). As a major anti-nuclear weapons activist himself, he brings an air of credibility and authority to the topic, without being arrogant, which I greatly appreciate. If you are passionate about justice causes, or even find ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing
An incredibly helpful and timely book that helped me to start to correct some harmful perspectives about mission and service that I've picked up from my early formative years in the church. That we are called to be ministers of God's gospel of peace in an overwhelmingly broken world and not heroes and saviours in ourselves has been my main takeaway.

Your time will not be wasted in reading this book. One of the best I've read in a while.
Erin Goettsch
Jun 24, 2014 Erin Goettsch rated it did not like it
This book is fairly well-written, but leans a little fundie for me. Some of the theological arguments need a little more nuanced presentation or research. There seems to be more condoning of violence "in God's name" in Wigg-Stevenson's theology than I think he can argue for well.
James Smith
Dec 31, 2013 James Smith rated it really liked it
A timely, forthright, charitable, hope-full, wise book for a rising generation. Well-written, rooted in front-lines experience, theoretically- and theologically-sophisticated while remaining accessible and concrete. A good antidote to Kuyperian triumphalism.
Dec 02, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
I'm glad this book exists -- it would have helped me navigate the difficult waters of faith and activism when I was 22. It's a call for Christian activism that is truly Christian. May it lead to less guilt, cynicism, and despair and more hope, action, and love.
Stephen Redden
Oct 09, 2014 Stephen Redden rated it really liked it
Excellent read for anyone seeking to engage in philanthropy or any work for social good. Tyler blends hopeful optimism with clear-minded realism.
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Tyler Wigg-Stevenson is the founder and director of the Two Futures Project, a movement of Christians for nuclear threat reduction and the global abolition of nuclear weapons. He also serves as chairman of the Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons for the World Evangelical Alliance.

Tyler began his involvement in nuclear policy over a decade ago under the late U.S. Senator Alan Cranston at the Globa
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