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Throughout history, Christians have been called by God to active engagement in society on behalf of the poor and oppressed. Christian leaders have been instrumental in caring for people who are poor, fighting injustice and advocating for social change. But they have never done so on their own power. Their energy and zeal were fueled by inner spiritual practices that propel ...more
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Published January 25th 2013 by IVP Books (first published November 30th 2012)
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Chauncey Lattimer
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
In the “Introduction” to the book, Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action, Mae Elise Cannon provides the foundational thesis from which she derives the title for her book: “Just Spirituality presents the case that the practice of disciplines—such as silence, prayer, study, community, worship, Sabbath, and submission—provide the fuel by which people are inspired to make a difference in the world.” (11)
The book was an enjoyable read, making use of extensive footnotes as well as
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Tim Hoiland
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: justice, faith
In his wonderful book Generous Justice, Tim Keller makes the case that for those who have truly experienced the unmerited grace of God, their lives will naturally be marked by a passion for pursuing justice. But the Christian life is “a long obedience in the same direction,” as Eugene Peterson famously put it (borrowing from Nietzsche), and doing justice as a way of life doesn’t just happen automatically. So what are the spiritual practices that will shape us and sustain us? Mae Elise Cannon, wh ...more
Adriane
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it
A nice foundational book, but a little bit generic. I don't know that I learned that much new information about any of the biographies, and the spiritual disciplines were also pretty standardly explained. I can read the outline of how to practice lectio divina elsewhere (like the cited Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, which I've already read). There was to much restated material for me. But might be a good primer book for social action in a setting where not much work has been done on ...more
Drick
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting attempt to explore the spiritual disciplines and practices of well known Christian leaders (Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, MLK, Romero, Bonhoeffer, etc), but was uneven. Had some real good sections (esp Mother Teresa and Bonhoeffer) and others that seemed way too shallow. I have written a review that will come out soon in an upcoming issue of PRISM magazine. Check it out.
Tim and Popie Stafford
Lots of practical and inspirational examples.
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From the author: "Throughout history, Christians have been called by God to active engagement in society on behalf of the poor and oppressed. Christian leaders have been instrumental in caring for people who are poor, fighting injustice and advocating for social change. But they have never done so on their own power. Their energy and zeal were fueled by inner spiritual practices that propelled them forward into the world. Activist and historian Mae Elise Cannon explo
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Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace. She is an author, speaker, and advocate who cares deeply about God's heart for the poor and the oppressed.

She is the author of Beyond Hashtag Activism (IVP, May 2020); co-editor of Evangelical Theologies of Liberation and Justice (IVP, 2019); editor of A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land
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