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10 Faith And Justice Books You Should Read This Summer

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My favorite thing to do every summer is make a list of the books I hope to read before school starts up again. But there are so many books to choose from, and determining which ones are worth your time can be difficult. Here’s a list of 10 books about faith, justice, calling, and activism that have shaped my mind and my heart over the years.

1. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor 

By Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett

We all want to help those who are in need, but how do we know we’re actually making the world better? Is that short-term mission trip you’re going on this summer doing more harm than good? These are some of the tough questions we must ask ourselves. When Helping Hurts will help you understand the root causes of poverty and guide you toward a more sustainable, long-lasting way to approach activism and relief work.

2. Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices

By Julie Clawson

The decisions we make throughout the day–where we shop, the food we eat, the clothes we wear–reveal our habits, our values, and our desires. In Everyday Justice, Julie Clawson explores the global implications of our small, seemingly insignificant choices. This book will challenge you to love God and your neighbors by making ethical, sustainable choices every day.

3. The Locus Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence 

By Gary Haugen

Efforts to help the poor and those in need will never be successful or sustainable until we address the violence they face on a daily basis.…

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Learning How To Tend Your Garden

La Paz, Bolivia, is a vibrant city full of colorful textiles, bustling streets, craggy mountainsides, and a rich culture. A city contrasted by high rises and shanty towns. A city pulsing with light and darkness.

There is a dark underbelly to life in La Paz: the plague of sexual violence that runs rampant throughout this

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Social Justice is Boring


I hate to break it to you, but social justice is boring.

The emotional cataclysm you feel at that Christian conference as the band plays the same four chords over and over might only happen once or twice if you decide to pursue a career in justice work. The steely resolve you are forming as

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The Final Day: Walking Through Samaria

Today we’re sharing thoughts from the co-founder of the 10 Days, Henry Proegler.

Collecting water in Nyurukizi village.

I have to be honest: I wasn’t looking forward to doing the 10 Days this year. I really didn’t want to do it. My reasons were self-centered. Mainly, I just didn’t want to stop drinking coffee. But I did it anyway, and

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Get To Know Ruhango

Photography by Doug Klembara. Words by Kelsi Klembara

Day 3 of the 10 Days


In the southeastern hills of Ruhango District lies a stone mountain named after one of the earliest and most memorable Rwandan kings, Ruganzu. Climb to the top of the mountain on a clear day, and you feel like you …

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Meet Your Neighbors: Karol, the guardian of the well

Day 1 of the 10 Days


As you approach the water well in Nyurukizi village, you’ll see a tall, lean man wearing a puffy red vest. Surrounding the man and the well is a lush garden full of blossoms and vibrant greens. You will observe him either mid-conversation with someone from the village—a bright, yellow …

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Meet Your Neighbors: Philomene and her hope for clean water

Throughout the next few weeks we’ll be sharing stories from Rwanda. These are real people whose lives have been changed because of clean water. 


It’s midday when Philomene walks downhill on a narrow dirt road toward the community stream five minutes from her home. She carries a jerrycan on her head, and a basket under …

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