On God's Side Paperback

What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good

by Jim Wallis

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Here the leading Christian activist and Washington commentator, Jim Wallis, strives to help you understand what it will take to effect lasting change for good in western society. A bestselling author, public theologian, preacher and moral social reformist, he starts from Abraham Lincoln’s famous if too often ignored comment: "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side."

Continuing his cross-boundary, pan political Christian message of  his bestsellers ‘God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It’ and ‘The Great Awakening’ he makes clear what we still have to grasp if we are to be on God's side.

Now, in ‘On God’s Side’, Jim Wallis provides the pointers toward how Jesus' message redirects not only the public life and priorities of national governments and institutions, but our individual lives too. The transformative nature of the gospel of the kingdom of God helps us recover the personal and social commitment to the common good directing and empowering us to be personally responsible and socially just.

It’s by working together, insists Wallis, that we can reshape our churches, society, politics, and economy. And that requires us to move beyond party political warfare through how we read the Bible and shape our lives for genuine transformation.

“Jim Wallis is a wrestler of values, ideas, and policies and how they interact to shape the world we live in. His deep, melodious voice is easy to listen to, but what he says takes a harder commitment to live by.” – Bono, lead singer of U2 & cofounder of ONE.org

On God's Side by Jim Wallis was published by Lion Hudson in April 2013 and is our 15140th best seller. The ISBN for On God's Side is 9780745956121.

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"My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side" said Abraham Lincoln. Reading his words today, it is clear we still have much to learn concerning what it means to be on God's side. Bestselling author, public theologian, and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis speaks to our current context, revealing the spiritual compass we need to effect lasting change in our society. He explains how Jesus' message transforms not only our individual lives but also our public lives. The gospel of the kingdom of God helps us recover a personal and social commitment to the common good and shows us - in concrete ways - how to be both personally responsible and socially just. Working together, we can reshape our churches, society, politics, and economy.
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1. A Gospel for the Common Good
2. The Lion, the Word and the Way
3. Who Is Jesus and Why It Matters
4. Lord, Help Us to Treat You Well
5. The Good Samaritan Goes Global
6. The Beloved Community Welcomes All Tribes

8. Conservatives, Liberals and a Call to Civility
9. Redeeming Democracy
10. Economic Trust
11. A Secret Government
12. Making Things Right
13. Healthy Households
14. The World Is Our Parish

EPILOGUE | Ten Personal Decisions for the Common Good


“Jim Wallis and I have a variety of differences on domestic and international policy, but there is no message more timely or urgent than his call to actively consider the common good.” – Michael Gerson, op-ed columnist, The Washington Post

“There are few people on the scene who can put together mature Christianity with mature politics without compromising either. Jim Wallis does it best--and does it again here.” – Richard Rohr, OFM, Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

“No one cuts through the confusion of our times with clarity and compassion like Jim Wallis. He is at his best in this book--bridging a cosmic vision of what humankind could be with a concrete plan for how we get there.” – Eboo Patel, founder and president, Interfaith Youth Core; author of Sacred Ground

“This sweeping tour de force by America's most prominent religious social justice activist is at once deeply personal and powerfully universal. A must-read book for policy makers, religious leaders, and anyone looking for a moral basis to address America's urgent problems.” – Rabbi David Saperstein, director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

“Jim Wallis is asking a question whose time has come. Are we pursuing a national agenda that seeks the common good or are we seeking to baptize our political agendas with faith? Leaders both religious and political must take Wallis's challenge seriously when pondering the future of our life together.” – Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

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From the Inside Flap

Everyone claims God is on their side. But who is on God's side?

New York Times best-selling author Jim Wallis thinks our life together can be better. In this timely and provocative book, he shows us how to reclaim Jesus's ancient and compelling vision of the common good--a vision that impacts and inspires not only our politics but also our personal lives, families, churches, neighborhoods, and world.

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Details for On God's Side

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson (April 2013)
Number of Pages320
Thickness20 mm
Height228 mm
Width151 mm
Product Code4069299
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