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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (222 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Wallis Narrator: Jim Wallis Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780061628719
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What will it take to solve the biggest issues of our time: extreme and needless poverty, global warming and environmental degradation, terrorism and the endless cycle of violence, racism, human trafficking, health care and education, and other pressing problems? While Washington offers only the politics of blame and fear, Jim Wallis, the man who changed the conversation about faith and politics, has traveled the country and found a nation hungry for a politics of solutions and hope. He shows us that a revival is happening, as people of faith and moral conviction seek common ground for change.

Wallis also reminds us that religious faith was a driving force behind our greatest national reforms, such as the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement. These "great awakenings" happened periodically at crucial times in our nation's history to propel us toward the common good. The time is ripe for another movement that will transform this country. With The Great Awakening, Wallis helps us rediscover our moral center and provides both the needed inspiration and a concrete plan to hold politics accountable and find solutions to our greatest challenges.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This call to arms is approachable and inspiring…Wallis’s analysis of the role of faith, especially Christian faith, in embracing progressive ‘common good’ politics is highly astute and, overall, very compelling.”

    Library Journal

  • “Laden with anecdotes, Wallis’ book claims a groundswell of progressive believers could accomplish social transformation that mere politics cannot deliver.”

    USA Today

  • “The book is as passionate, engaging, and emotionally moving as readers have come to expect from Wallis.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A provocative manifesto for believers.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 2/15/2014

    " This is an explicit follow-up to Wallis' "God's Politics" and as such it is a combined review of the interaction of religion and politics and of the issues of importance to people of faith as of the present moment. It is a good book, but for me it was less gripping by far than the earlier book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirstie | 2/14/2014

    " I would recommend reading the introduction to this book, but I have to say that I was unimpressed with the rest of it. I think Wallis is definitely right in pointing out that change is happening, and the religious voice is going to becoming more multi-voiced, but I disagree with Wallis in laying the partisanship problems primarily at the feet of the religious right. I was disappointed in the book because it felt like a list of all the problems in the world, and it didn't offer any real solutions or suggestions to fix the problems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Cox | 2/7/2014

    " Great ideas, hard to implement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 2/4/2014

    " Pretty close to a 5-star book for me. It's challenging to both the right and left, and even though I agree with the majority of Wallis's ideas, I don't feel comfortable with my relationship to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/31/2014

    " When a book inspires you to change your life and your view on faith, makes you angry at the author and then at yourself, and blows away your worldview, only to help you realize you must to start to rebuild a more accurate one...it's a 'must read'. Anyone who thinks they're living The Christian Life must read this book...it will question your comfort and your assumptions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Fahnlander | 1/28/2014

    " Got as far as chapter 8. It was feeling a bit like a chore to finish it for a couple reasons. A) I had heard Wallis do a 1-hour interview on MPR, so had heard several of his main topics discussed there. B) I liked what he had to say, but it was a bit like "Preaching to the choir," I agree with most of what I was reading. It was due at the library, so I just took it back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Edwards | 1/16/2014

    " Not as good as God's Politics, but still definitively worth reading. This book is a bit more prescriptive, and I think that there is some wishful thinking at times. Still, I'm a huge fan of Wallis' work at defending the poor, and this book is still a clear articulation of that viewpoint. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Evie Benton | 1/11/2014

    " Jim Wallis is Obams's spiritual adivser. This book incorporates the Bible and the progressive movement. It basically takes Jesus' teachings that we should give to the poor etc and turns them into Marxism. Very deceptive, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 1/7/2014

    " This book was ok. I liked "God's Politics" better. I felt like he kind of rehashed alot of the same ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/2/2014

    " Important ideas on getting away from the polarization of the extreme right and left "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett Anningson | 12/30/2013

    " This was an interesting book. There were moments when it highlighted the myopia of Americans. At other times we got great insight into conservative Christianity by listening to jim's complaints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/29/2013

    " This book is one of the most uplifting I have read in a long time. The author, Jim Wallis, feels that the religious right is changing to more focus on poverty and less on gay bashing (among other things) which is critical to equal rights for the LGBTQ community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/29/2013

    " I highlighted passages throughout this book, I know I will be refering back to it for a long time to come. Very important ideas on justice, poverty and peace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emarie7q | 12/27/2013

    " This is not a book about christianity's view of politics, he talks about many religions. It is great. I wish all politians would follow his model "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lyn | 12/17/2013

    " A first. A book I can't finish. I am defeated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca S. | 12/16/2013

    " a great book and i would highly recommend to anyone "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jokay | 12/14/2013

    " Able to express the ideas of Christians who do not agree with all the ideas of the religious right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonny | 12/4/2013

    " Too many quotes. Not enough substance. God's Politics was better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collyn | 11/23/2013

    " I don't agree with every idea Wallis presents, but this is an incredibly inspiring book. I really enjoyed it, even though it was *shudder* non-fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Supple | 6/22/2013

    " Wallis again tackles politics and religion, and shows how our current political climate adversely affects those the Bible enjoins us to protect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 5/2/2013

    " It is not as exciting as God's Politics but it offers me hope for the political future. I'm not very far into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/23/2013

    " Boy, would we all like to see this happen. Caring for those who can't care for themselves instead of battling for political power. Somebody would be proud but who again? Oh yeah, that guy Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 4/22/2013

    " So nice to read a Christian who not only reads the Gospels, but lives them, and traces how what Jesus actually said can, should, must be applied to political thought for Christians. Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conrad Haas | 8/12/2012

    " Jim Wallis does a good job of bringing faith and politics together in an clear, open way. He inspires you to consider what lays before us in our times, drawing upon recent history and the teachings of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 7/12/2012

    " This book has been completely awesome so far. Really well written, easy read, but manages to condense a lot of the postmodernspeak into real, practical ideas and an ostensible sense of vision. Love Wallis, love his language. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher | 3/4/2012

    " Wallis is a theological contortionist who bends into all kinds of grotesque, unnatural shapes, and then looks around wondering why we aren't all joining in. I'll also make the puckish comment that it was way too long. He could have pared the 320 words down to 100 without losing anything at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boulder Book Store | 10/25/2011

    " Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at 1:00pm at the Boulder Book Store. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah L | 7/9/2011

    " Everyone should read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/11/2011

    " Important ideas on getting away from the polarization of the extreme right and left "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collyn | 12/31/2010

    " I don't agree with every idea Wallis presents, but this is an incredibly inspiring book. I really enjoyed it, even though it was *shudder* non-fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 11/25/2010

    " This was an interesting book. There were moments when it highlighted the myopia of Americans. At other times we got great insight into conservative Christianity by listening to jim's complaints. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher | 8/10/2010

    " Wallis is a theological contortionist who bends into all kinds of grotesque, unnatural shapes, and then looks around wondering why we aren't all joining in. I'll also make the puckish comment that it was way too long. He could have pared the 320 words down to 100 without losing anything at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Evie | 5/9/2010

    " Jim Wallis is Obams's spiritual adivser. This book incorporates the Bible and the progressive movement. It basically takes Jesus' teachings that we should give to the poor etc and turns them into Marxism. Very deceptive, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonny | 3/23/2010

    " Too many quotes. Not enough substance. God's Politics was better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/1/2009

    " a great book and i would highly recommend to anyone "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 3/20/2009

    " I highlighted passages throughout this book, I know I will be refering back to it for a long time to come. Very important ideas on justice, poverty and peace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jokay | 3/9/2009

    " Able to express the ideas of Christians who do not agree with all the ideas of the religious right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/28/2009

    " This book is one of the most uplifting I have read in a long time. The author, Jim Wallis, feels that the religious right is changing to more focus on poverty and less on gay bashing (among other things) which is critical to equal rights for the LGBTQ community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/5/2009

    " Pretty close to a 5-star book for me. It's challenging to both the right and left, and even though I agree with the majority of Wallis's ideas, I don't feel comfortable with my relationship to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 11/22/2008

    " So nice to read a Christian who not only reads the Gospels, but lives them, and traces how what Jesus actually said can, should, must be applied to political thought for Christians. Good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 11/11/2008

    " Reading this for a class at church that focuses on politics and religion. So far this author is a too conservative for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 7/29/2008

    " Wallis again tackles politics and religion, and shows how our current political climate adversely affects those the Bible enjoins us to protect. "

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About the Author
Author Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis is the author of the New York Times bestseller God's Politics, which electrified Americans disenchanted with how the Right had co-opted all talk about integrating religious values into our politics by offering an alternative voice. Wallis is a leading figure at the crossroads of religion and politics in America today, the author of eight books, and the founder of Sojourners, a global faith and justice network. He is a public theologian, an internationally renowned speaker and preacher, a faith-based activist, husband, and father to two young boys, and a Little League baseball coach.