A High Price for Abundant Living: The Story of Capitalism

A High Price for Abundant Living: The Story of Capitalism

Resource Review
by Henry Rempel (Scottdale, PA and Waterloo, ON: Herald Press, 2003) The capitalist system is like a massive eighteen-wheel truck barreling through history. It has an excessively powerful engine driven by the sum of all human selfishness. It has no brakes. The steering mechanism is clearly faulty. As a passenger on this truck, are you inclined to ask where we are going? Are you worried about getting there safely?” (A High Price for Abundant Living, p. 261). Neither a tirade against capitalism nor an apologetic defense, this book takes a balanced look at the economic system of the United States and Canada. The author, a Canadian economist and Mennonite, studies Adam Smith and John Locke appreciatively but also notes how the corporation and globalization have significantly changed the nature of…
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Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit

Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit

Resource Review
by Peter C. Brinckerhoff (St. Paul, MN: Vincent L. Hyman Fieldstone Alliance, 2007) In Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit, Peter Brinckerhoff reaches into his vast experience as a board member, staff member, and executive director of several local, state, and national nonprofits to address a very important topic for individuals working in the nonprofit world today: how different generations think and communicate and how this influences the methods by which we plan for the success of our respective missions. He concentrates on the Baby Boomers (1946-1962), Generation X (1963-1980), and Generation @ or the Millennials (1981-2002), with some reference to the Greatest Generation (1914-1924) and the Silent Generation (1925-1945). This look at the different generations, the services they need, how they look for information, the different…
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The Spirituality of Fundraising

The Spirituality of Fundraising

Fundraising, Resource Review, Workbook
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (Upper Room Ministries and the Henri Nouwen Society, 2004) This booklet is an edited transcription of a tape of an informal, heartfelt talk about fundraising. The speaker was Henri Nouwen—priest, author, and renowned professor. From the influence of Don McClanen and the Ministry of Money, Nouwen’s own view of fundraising had grown from perceiving it as a necessary evil to recognizing it as a form of ministry, ministry that builds inclusive community. He believed fundraising involves proclamation of both a vision and an opportunity to engage in mission, an invitation to do so, and spiritual conversion—for both givers and receivers. His message was grounded in his own understanding of the spirituality of relationship—relationship between donor and receiver, relationship between givers and their money, and relationship…
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Overturning the Tables: Consumerism, Children, and the Church

Overturning the Tables: Consumerism, Children, and the Church

Children, Resource Review
by Julie Kinkaid (Toronto: United Church Publishing House, 2008; Available from United Church Resource Distribution: 1-800-288-7365) Julie Kinkaid’s passion about the effects of consumerism on children invites us to join Jesus in overturning the tables of the money changers. This much-needed book is a must-read for parents, grandparents, and educators in faith communities or secular settings. Kinkaid’s research is informative and practical, with examples relevant on both sides of the Canada-US border. The questions she raises will stimulate thoughtful personal reflection and lead to family discussions on values and meaning-making. This book will also be useful for parenting groups committed to mutual support in making life-giving choices. Review by Barbara Fullerton, stewardship development coordinator for The United Church of Canada
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The Stewardship Companion: Lectionary Resources for Preaching

The Stewardship Companion: Lectionary Resources for Preaching

Leadership, Resource Review, Stewardship
by David N. Mosser (Westminster John Knox Press, 2007) Many preachers have been waiting for a book like this. In fact, they have already made it a best seller, or so it seems. David Mosser had the idea of writing a contemporary book about preaching biblical texts from a stewardship perspective. With a good knowledge of their readership, the editors at Westminster John Knox Press suggested that he write it around the Revised Common Lectionary. What a good idea! During the time this reviewer was involved with the creation of stewardship resources at the Presbyterian Church (USA), we received many requests for such a book. This is not a book of sermons, nor should it be. David Mosser provides a little over a page of thoughts on the scriptures for…
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