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Transforming Power: Biblical Strategies for Making a Difference in Your Community

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"Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just"--Blaise Pascal.
Problems plague the world around us. Many in our churches and communities face injustice, crime, poverty, racism and other daunting evils. But often Christians have not known how to respond effectively. The issues seem bigger than any
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Paperback, 218 pages
Published September 9th 2003 by IVP Books
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Jeffrey Choi
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
The book overall was very suspect in its exegesis. It makes some very questionable decisions on how to interpret scripture, and thus really buy his arguments for a biblical case for community building, however, the last chapters are good practical advice on how to organize and galvanize people. I found his arguments about the need to interact and confront very timely, but his exegesis is what makes this book receive a low rating.
Beth
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Thick with definitions, some stories. Helpful tool for organizing churches and communities.
Whitney Marie
This was one of my textbooks that were required for my summer Seminary course on Community Organizing. After re-reading this book once the course ended I noticed how much of a different mindset I had once I understood what the book was talking about. I believe that what this book is talking about is something that everyone should learn about to where everyone can learn that they have the power to change their communities for good, once they learn how to tap into that power for good instead of ha ...more
Amethyst Rodriguez
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shalom is the identifying mark of the authentic church. Christ has broken down the wall of estrangement between all human dichotomies that separate and alienate us from each other (male versus female, slave versus free, parent versus child, race versus race, systems versus the people). Instead, God's free gift of shalom, continually provided for us, draws us into one body. This is God's continuing act of redemption, its intended scope being the restoration of the whole creation to its proper har ...more
Liz
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sp-curriculum
Transforming Power is part of our internship curriculum.

Helpful for learning about/discussing:
1) Economic, religious, and political power, and how it is either wielded unilaterally or relationally
2) Community organizing
3) Relational meetings
4) Biblical basis (through an exegesis of Nehemiah) of community organizing
Jessica
Oct 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christian community organizers
Transforming Power was a little hard to get into for the first two chapters, but contains some powerful (pardon the pun) examples of how communities can be transformed. I loved the Biblical examples of transforming power, but found it maybe inaccessible. Great to hope for though.
Shoshanna
Nov 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: organizing, religion
Great Scriptural and biblical basis for faith based organizing!
Abby
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book, taught me a lot. Had a lot to say about types of one-to-one meetings and specific questions to ask for each type.
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