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On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good

On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good

ISBN: 1587433370

Title: On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good

Author: Jim Wallis

KDL Description:

RELIGION CHRISTIAN WAL

“Heard about the book on radio and decided to check it out.” Compassion and accountability are emphasized in the book. Without choosing sides in politics or religion, Wallis has managed to state clearly that we all have to work together for the “common good” of everybody.”—Seema at KDL’s Kentwood branch

Amazon Description:

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side.”—Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln led America through one of the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history. Reading his words today, it is clear we still have much to learn concerning what it means to be on God’s side.

Bestselling author, public theologian, and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis speaks directly into our current context, revealing the spiritual compass we need to effect lasting change in our society. He explains how the good news of Jesus transforms not only our individual lives but also our public lives. Jesus’s gospel of the kingdom of God helps us recover a personal and social commitment to the common good and shows us—in concrete ways—how to be both personally responsible and socially just. Working together, we can reshape our churches, society, politics, and economy.

In the midst of contentious national debates on gun control, immigration, budget deficits, and more, this book moves the conversations beyond current media and political warfare to bring together a divided country. Wallis explores how Jesus’s agenda can serve the common good, what it takes to sustain a lifelong commitment to social justice, and how reading the Bible as well as the culture can shape our lives for genuine transformation.