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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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The Universal Call to Create


I recently graduated from college, which means I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands. I’m in limbo, and as awkward and uncertain as it is, this season has allowed me to rediscover a few of my talents and passions.

As I have dove into the painting of pottery, the editing of photographs, …

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He Must Increase, I Must Decrease


Since I recently graduated from college, I’ve found myself in this weird limbo between fake life and real life. I’ve spent a lot of time praying and reflecting, preparing myself for whatever comes next. I’ve thought a lot about my greatest dreams and my greatest fears.

I realized that my worst fear is that I …

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Taking Up Our Cross

Lately I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ miracles—those wondrous acts of healing, renewal, and redemption that we find throughout the Bible. These stories get me fired up. I think the best part is that Jesus chose to be a humble servant when he could have been the complete opposite. He didn’t have to give sight to …

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