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Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World

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A landmark study that reveals how we become committed to the common good and sustain such commitments in a changing world.
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"A perceptive, groundbreaking analysis of inspired lives. . . . This is a guidebook for the soul."
-Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

"A truly refreshing book! In a day when the polit
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 21st 1997 by Beacon Press (first published July 20th 1997)
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Susan
Dec 23, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
I read this book because the leader of a college program my daughter is taking part in uses it as a resource, and I was curious. I read it during the 2016 Presidential campaign, which was a little surreal. Pretty much everything the committed people in this book do is the opposite of how Donald Trump presented himself during the election.

The book was written in 1996, but so much of it seemed ahead of its time that I had to keep going back and double checking the date. Some examples - white peop
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Carol
Dec 08, 2008 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-concerns
A good remedy for cynicism. This is a socialogical study about people who work "for the common good" over the long term. It is based on in depth interviews and real examples are given, with the names changed for privacy. One example that inspired me was of an urban neighborhood which had been cut off from the city by a highway. As often happens, the working class people had difficulty continuing to live there and the neighborhood went downhill, eventually taken over by drugs and gangs. Now there ...more
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Shelves: mpa, advice
A book recommended by Fundraising class professor. It is about how to do "common good", and I agree it's a "guidebook for soul". The first 4 chapters are very entertaining to read, the latter part put on too much religion and history of black people. Connection, compassion, conviction, courage, confession, commitment--be a good person of yourself.
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A Qualitative study looking for the factors that create and sustain leaders who have a positive influence on culture.
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