Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World” as Want to Read:
Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World

by
4.31  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  29 reviews
For readers of Make Your Bed, a book about real-life virtues in action to inspire readers--from Habitat for Humanity, one of the world’s most admired organizations.

In this first-ever book for adults from Habitat for Humanity, CEO Jonathan Reckford shares moving and inspiring stories of ordinary people whose lives have been changed by working together to help one another.
...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by St. Martin's Essentials
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Our Better Angels, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Our Better Angels

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.31  · 
Rating details
 ·  49 ratings  ·  29 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Casey Wheeler
This book is by the CEO of Habitat for Humanity and includes a foreward by former President Jimmy Carter who is actively engaged in the work of Habitat. The seven simple virtues covered in the book (each with its own chapter) are kindness, community, empowerment, joy, respect, generosity and service. The author uses stories from various clients of Habitat to expound on each of the virtues. It is a quick read.

This is the type of book that will not be everyone's cup of tea, but I found it enjoyabl
...more
SheAintGotNoShoes
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks for selecting me as a winner in the giveaway for this title last month.

A very heartwarming book written by the CEO of Habitat for Humanity. It tells many stories from both in the States, as well as Africa and Asia of how people's lives were completely changed by getting the chance to purchase one of their homes. In addition to changing the family's destiny, it will more than likely ripple out to future generations. With the expensive rent out of the way, most of these families can no
...more
skketch
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***NOVEL THOUGHTS***

++++thanks to Goodreads and St Martins Essentials for this ARC in exchange for an honest review++++

Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things. Pres. Jimmy Carter from the Forward

Clearly inspirational, Our Better Angels is more than an advertisement for Habitat for Humanity. It is a deeply moving experience of how the recipients of the homes, the volunteers, the families, and the communities of Habitat are affected and their long lasting impacts.
The author Jonathan
...more
Patricia Romero
With a moving forward by President Jimmy Carter, this is the story of how Habitat for Humanity began. Telling inspiring stories of the many people impacted by the program who then go on to live the seven virtues which Reckford puts forward, one at a time.

Beginning with the easiest virtue, kindness. Sometimes we don't see the 'reward' of a kind act. Because the reward is a kind act. Kindness can be a chain reaction that leads to Community, Empowerment, Joy, Respect, Generosity, and Service. It's
...more
Edi McNinch
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful collage of stories of people who have been involved with and those who have benefited from the Habitat for Humanity program. Uplifting stories of how the program changed lives. Many stories are focused on the international program and places most of us have never heard of.
Sometimes it was difficult to follow with all the foreign names, but you will get the general idea.
This would be a great gift book for anyone who is looking to help others or feel like they are drowning in their own
...more
Rhonda
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was going to glance at this book the day I got it, and then read it later. But the Foreword sucked me in and I read it in a couple of hours from cover to cover. Although the book uses example from Habitat for Humanity - that's not what the book is about. It is about taking a look at yourself to see what type of person you are and can be. It is about looking inwardly to see what you might be missing. I found it to be a very inspiring book, because I already see this type of kindness, joy, empow ...more
Linda Bond
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As we all struggle with the daily news, most of us are seeking a ray of hope – something we can do to help bring something positive back into the picture. Jonathan Reckford is CEO of Habitat for Humanity and is on the front lines of positive initiatives that can help us meet our heart’s desire to help. In Our Better Angels, he outlines seven basic ideas that will lead us out of the darkness – Kindness, Community, Empowerment, Joy, Respect, Generosity, Service. As he describes each of these “virt ...more
Amber Machado
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i LOVE LOVE this book. I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and i could not stop reading it when I started it. The author is the CEO of Habitat for Humanity. He writes his seven simple virtues with the most amazing and touching stories that he has encountered in his life. I love the stories they are all touching and give you an insight to how these simple virtues that we almost take for granted everyday can be such a positive impact on anyones life. This book will want you to be better, this ...more
Roxanne
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this from Goodreads. I loved this book, it is very positive. The author is the CEO of Habitat for Humanity a cause Jimmy Carter participates in. The book talks about ordinary people who can accomplish great things. You do not need to be rich, or special to do good in the World. Many times in my life I have needed help and God provided some one for me. Other times I have helped people with different things. If we have a common purpose we can get things done and create goodwill. The book was ...more
Gail Sarasohn
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is heart felt, inspirational and thought provoking.
It shows there is a way to create a better world.
Kathleen
Heartfelt is not a word that describes books that usually appeal me, but this book is heartfelt a good way ___ full of touching, inspiring, real stories. However, it reads a bit too much like an advertisement for Habitat for Humanity --- worthy as this organization is.
Jena Henry
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jonathon Reckford is the the CEO of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that “helps people in your community and around the world build or improve a place they can call home.” Habitat for Humanity was found in 1976 in Americus, Ga and I guarantee that today there is a Habitat organization close to your home.

When we think of Habitat, we envision people getting together to build a house. Author Reckford also sees this, but he sees more. He sees the virtues that
...more
Jena Henry
Jul 22, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Jonathon Reckford is the the CEO of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that “helps people in your community and around the world build or improve a place they can call home.” Habitat for Humanity was found in 1976 in Americus, Ga and I guarantee that today there is a Habitat organization close to your home.

When we think of Habitat, we envision people getting together to build a house. Author Reckford also sees this, but he sees more. He sees the virtues that
...more
Stephen
Excellent book with wonderful stories in the line of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books. The author gives us about 3 stories per chapter and category of what he calls Seven virtues. Each story he relates from his days of working with Habitat for Humanity and they are from all around the world. The only draw back at times is that it feels like it's an advertisement for Habitat for Humanity instead of putting those virtues into our lives.
Meredith
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-wins
I was fortunate enough to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway win. This book is wonderful in so many ways! In our fast-paced, technology-based society, we tend to lose some of the human touch. This book details how much of that gentle touch we've still got left--if one knows where to look.

Each story is unique and fulfilling. I smiled continuously reading Our Better Angels, and several times even closed the book to appreciate what I'd just read. It has encouraged me to step up my volunteer game
...more
Lori Tatar
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you want to change the world? To become a better person? Are you overwhelmed at the prospect of actually making an impact? This book shows how through small steps, any of us can change lives, not least of which, our own. Like eating an elephant, one bite at a time, we can make things better; we can be the change force we dream of. With a beautiful introduction by President Jimmy Carter, this shows how even individuals with limited means can make all the difference in the world, and gain the w ...more
Kathy
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, written by the organization’s CEO, Jonathan Rickford, details some of the history and works of the Habitat for Humanity program and includes some stories about those who have benefited from the program worldwide. Mr. Rickford uses seven virtues to bring out these stories of those people Habitat for Humanity has helped throughout the years. Some of the stories show the successes the people with the homes have achieved, due, in a large part, to the homes they have received. The areas wh ...more
Samantha Kappes
The most positive and inspiring piece of propaganda I’ve ever read, Our Better Angels is written by the CEO of Habitat for Humanity, and promises to tell of ‘Seven simple virtues that will change your life and the world’. While I’m sure it was good intentioned, and the stories were impactful and moving, I’m not sure the book achieved that.

Instead, it tells multiple engaging stories of Habitat volunteers and homeowners alike, categorizing them by virtue seven simple virtues in a chapter for each
...more
Kathy
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our Better Angels, written by the CEO of Habitat for Humanity, is an uplifting, feel-good read. If you have ever doubted that one person can make a difference in the world, you need to read this book!

Broken into chapters by the seven virtues of kindness, generosity, community, empowerment, respect, joy and service, the book is filled with stories of individuals and families who have benefitted from being part of the Habitat for Humanity experience. The positive ripple effect of helping just one
...more
Jennifer
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was written by the CEO of Habitat for Humanity. There are aspects of the book that I really liked and disliked. For me, the book was written in simple language that felt a little light to me. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what it was, but that style of writing is a little distracting to me. It feels dumbed down or something.Secondly, which can be a negative or positve depending on the reader, I felt that it concentrated less on the virtues and more on Habitat for Humanity. On a good n ...more
Michelle Ferrari-Johnson
I've never reviewed a book like this one before. You will struggle with the beginning of the book. The forward by Jimmy Carter will get you excited for the individual stories. These stories completely make the book! You will laugh, cry, ugly cry and will definitely have you looking for ways to be a better angel to those around you. People from all walks of life can be better towards their fellow humans they encounter throughout the day. Everything from a kind word to mowing a neighbors lawn can ...more
Gayle Cappelluti
In this book, one I was given in a Goodreads giveaway, Reckford speaks to the best in all of us. Virtues like Kindness, Generosity, Service, are there and easy to access, "our better angels" that when exercised can change our lives for the better, and thereby change our world. As stated in the forward, written by former President Jimmy Carter, "Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things." Reading this book is agreat place to start if you want to find out how you can enlist the help of y ...more
Pamela
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much for the advance reader copy I received through the Goodreads and St. Martin's Press giveaway.

With so many people causing division among us, Reckford's straightforward narrative of basic human virtues reminds us how to live in unity. And how satisfying that is to the soul.

Each chapter briefly describes a virtue, and then relates true stories that illustrate it. The reader can't help but be encouraged by the love and kindness people show to others.

The book reminds us what it mean
...more
Phoebe
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an inspirational book filled with some amazing stories of lives turned around by love and generosity. It's a book I suggest anyone read before starting a Habitat build or doing other kinds of volunteering. Keep in mind that the stories are just about people who volunteer for or are homeowners of Habitat houses. One of the most famous volunteers is President Jimmy Carter, who features a lot in the book. Nonetheless, the scope and breadth of Habitat's work around the globe can fill volumes ...more
Debby
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. President Jimmy Carter wrote the forward to this book by the CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Jonathan Reckford. The Seven simple virtues that will change your life and the world are told through the inspiring stories of the people receiving the Habitat for Humanity homes and a chance for a brighter future. Not only do the housing recipients reveal their personal stories, but the volunteers also explain why they do this work and how the blessing far outw ...more
Jennifer
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book!

In a society where kindness and respect is just about lost, this beautiful book puts a light on stories of generosity, kindness, empathy, joy, and serving others. I love that this book reminds us that it doesn't take much to choose kindness over anger and hate.

This wonderful book is proof that even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference!
Rhonda Long
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the simplicity and clarity of this book. The author's narrative flow was easy to understand and I always appreciation genuinely interesting and thought provoking read. This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher in exchange for a review. I really loved this book and found it to be very inspirational.
Kathy Heare Watts
I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. I am paying it forward by passing this book along to a family member who I think will enjoy it too.
Sharon
interesting opinions.

this was a goodreads giveaway
Kevin Paul
rated it it was amazing
Oct 08, 2019
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
18 followers
Jonathan T.M. Reckford has served as chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International since 2005. Under his leadership, the global housing organization has grown from serving 125,000 individuals per year to more than 8.7 million people in 2018 alone. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Reckford earned his MBA from Stanford and went on to hold managerial posi ...more