The Common Good
August 2006

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | August 2006

Good News

Good News

If you’re thinking of building a housing ministry, put Making Housing Happen: Faith-Based Affordable Housing Models, edited by Jill Suzanne Shook, in your toolbox. Beginning with chapters on our national housing crisis and a biblical rationale for affordable housing, the book goes on to highlight church ministries and nonprofits that are providing affordable housing—and hope—all over the country. Bob Lupton, Mary Nelson, Millard Fuller, and other experts provide on-the-ground details. Chalice Press

Start Paddling

We all have something to give; we can do something now; and many of us will give if we’re presented with the opportunity, write Gary Morsch and Dean Nelson in The Power of Serving Others. Their little book is packed with stories from their respective careers—Morsch as founder of relief group Heart to Heart International and Nelson as a journalist. You don’t have to have money or specialized skills to help others, the authors say. Just start where you are. Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Words of Wisdom

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to take a class from Henri Nouwen on spiritual direction? Two of his former associates, Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird, have woven together Nouwen’s lecture notes, presentations, and homilies on the topic to create Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith. Nouwen’s spirit permeates the book, which is structured around 10 universal questions for living the spiritual life. HarperSanFrancisco

Singing a New Song

We tell stories to remember history, in many cases so we don’t repeat it. We Should Talk Peace, a 26-minute DVD, contains the stories of peacemakers in Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. Peace work requires more than “head knowledge,” says Mennonite Central Committee worker Gopar Tapkida. It also requires a transformation from within. The DVD includes a 20-minute feature on the Morazán region in El Salvador, site of the El Mozote massacre, and the peacebuilding efforts under way there. www.

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