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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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Why You Should Fill Your Life With Wonder

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A few years ago, on a blisteringly hot summer day in Nashville, I had the privilege of seeing my favorite band U2 in concert. They hadn’t played in Nashville since 1981, so I knew it was going to be a good show.

Near the end of the concert, Bono quieted the audience and started singing …

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3 Easy Ways You Can Help The Earthquake Victims In Nepal

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On April 25, nearly two weeks ago, the world watched in horror as a magnitude-7.8 earthquake rocked the Asian country of Nepal. Officials say the death toll is now more than 7,500, but that number is expected to rise as rescuers continue to dig through the rubble.

Like many Americans, I …

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Leaving Things Better Than You Found Them

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My father picks up trash everywhere he goes. If he’s walking into the mall and sees a Starbucks cup on the ground, he’ll stop to pick it up and carry it with him until he finds a trash can to properly dispose of it. I’m not sure how or when he developed this habit, but …

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Fear, Self-doubt, and Risk-taking: An Interview with Becky Murphy

If you’re thinking about getting your student organization, group of friends, church/campus ministry, or sorority/fraternity to participate in the 10 Days, your life is about to get a lot easier. In the next few days we’re going to start accepting orders for the 10 Days 2015 Leader Kit.

We’re thankful that you’re willing to lead …

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What I Learned From The Bike Ride That Changed My Life

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Time has a funny way of sneaking up on you. Last night, after a long day of running errands and finishing up a few projects for work, I finally had a chance to slow down and catch my breath. I opened the calendar on my phone to see what the rest of the week had …

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Why I Started Waking Up at 6 a.m.

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When I was a junior in college, I got breakfast with the pastor of a campus ministry one morning. We didn’t hang out often, but our conversations were always deep, thoughtful, and honest. No small talk.

We started catching up. He asked about my classes, the future, and what …

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World Water Day: Behind-the-scenes look at our work in Rwanda

One of my favorite things about the 10 Days is getting the opportunity to interact with incredibly talented individuals who are passionate about what they do. Right now Doug and Kelsi Klembara are in Rwanda capturing stories about what the 10 Days has accomplished and seeing firsthand how important clean water is to these communities.

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