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Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  230 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
When we start with the wrong question, no matter how good an answer we get, it won’t give us the results we want. Rather than joining the throngs who are asking, When will this economic crisis be over? Jim Wallis says the right question to ask is How will this crisis change us?

The worst thing we can do now, Wallis tells us, is to go back to normal. Normal is what got us i
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Published January 5th 2010 by Howard Books (first published December 26th 2009)
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Scott Rhee
Jim Wallis is helping to restore my faith in Christianity. Christian preacher, speaker, and CEO of Sojourners magazine, Wallis is both a Christian AND a liberal. His Sojourners magazine, of which he is also editor-in-chief, helps to highlight major social justice issues from a Christian perspective.

As someone who was beginning to feel that being a liberal Christian was a lonely (and even oxymoronic) existence, I am happily renewed in the knowledge that there are many more liberal Christians out
Lynn Ferina
I thought it was a great book. A lesson for the faith community to become involved and speak out about your values. Let the politicians know how you feel and that you want to know what their values are before you vote for them. If there was ever a book to read for this economic crisis, to better understand the countries need to rediscover their values to save our nation, it's this book. A great book to motivate you to action. Read it Now.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
NPR interviewed the author a few weeks ago and I loved the interview. I downloaded it and had my husband listen to it and we enjoyed it so much. I immediately reserved the book from the library (glad I didn't buy it). It was a disappointment. My recommendation is to skip the book and just listen to the interview. The same research and stories are told, minus all the self-congratulatory authorial comments. It wasn't particularly well written, although I think the idea is right on.
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read on what is wrong with our country's state of business. Highly recommend it. One caveat: it's a macro level discussion with some micro useful suggestions. Not a practical use book. More high level.
Chuck Engelhardt
I read Jim Wallace to keep myself honest. Although we share the same faith we interpret world situations much differently and see very different solutions to the problems the world faces. I often find myself at odds with Jim Wallace’s approach because he equates public responsibility with political action. So, as I interpret Jim’s view, if we are aware of hungry children, the Christian must insist that the government make sure that they are fed; not the Church, the government is the preferred av ...more
Dan Salerno
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written towards the end of the Great Recession, Jim Wallis' book continues to offer sound wisdom for addressing the economic and social inequality that still lies deeply rooted in the US.

Wallis offers examples of CEOs and Wall Streeters who made $249 million to over $1 billion in a year. And the Walton Family, of Walmart, who were worth $95 billion in 2009.

On the heals of these examples, Wallis notes: "There are enormous sums of money now going to the people on the top that cannot be justified,
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I like Jim Wallis, and I was saddened to see him show up on Glenn Beck's maniacal chalkboard a year or two ago. Wallis is a dedicated Evangelical Christian whose sole concern in this world seems to be helping poor people. Yes, he's become quite associated with the Democratic Party since 2004, but whatever. I tend to disagree with some of Rev. Wallis's conclusions since he tends to fall back on the tried and true liberal mantra of "more taxes/more spending/more government," but this book was diff ...more
Susan Hester
Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Christian but only cites scripture on occasion. This is an amazing book, pointing out how the rich have gotten richer (e.g., the CEOs of Fortune 400s own 50% of America's wealth; the CEO of WalMart makes a paltry $17.5 million a year, so earns in every 2 weeks what the average WalMart worker makes in his/her lifetime) and the poor are, well, unemployed with little hope. Wallis talks about how Wall Street has taken over: we've been hoodwinked into thinking that if we work hard, buy a home ...more
Shirley Freeman
We read this for the all-church book read. Published 3-4 years ago, it felt slightly dated. Wallis critiques American culture and the American economic system and concludes we are too greedy, consumerist, short-sighted and focused on 'me' rather than the 'common good.' It's hard to argue with that assessment. He refers to our system as a three-legged stool that is out of balance. One leg is government, one is the market and the third is made up of churches, mosques, synagogues and all the volunt ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author was very liberal in his political persuasion, leaning way to the left. I found this very annoying, but he did have some good points to make. He talked about us becomming a more generous people, which I know we (I) can definitely improve. I gained some insight as he shared the miracle where Jesus fed the multitude of 5,000 with some meager fishes and bread loaves. He said that someone had to give up their fish and bread so Jesus had something to work with. I could see that if I had jus ...more
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Jim Wallis is president and CEO of Sojourners and editor in chief of Sojourners magazine. He is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life.

Wallis has written ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It and The Great Awakening, and

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