|8/16/2006 6:14 PM|
1. The Gospel of Luke
2. The Prophetic Imagination, by Walter Brueggemann
3. Engaging the Powers, by Walter Wink
|1/31/2007 10:01 AM|
Book recommendations from Ted Cassidy, SM
Every Dollar Makes a Difference, The Better World Shopping Guide," New Society Publishers, 1800 567 6772 www.newsociety.com
"Low Carbon Diet, A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds," by David Gershon, Empowerment institute, P.O. Box 428, Woodstock NY 12498
|2/27/2007 3:07 PM|
Marlena Johnston's recommendation
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer
by Tracy Kidder
I highly recommend this book as a teaching resource for advanced high school and college students. The story of Paul Farmer is electrifying, inspiring, and deeply spiritual. Inherently flawed, Paul Farmer reminds us that we, as individuals, can indeed change the world. This book provides a wonderful introduction to liberation theology, bioethics, and global environmental justice concerns.
Thought-provoking and profoundly satisfying, this book will inspire feelings of humility, admiration, and disquietude; in some readers, it may sow the seeds of humanitarian activism. As a specialist in infectious diseases, Farmer's goal is nothing less than redressing the "steep gradient of inequality" in medical service to the desperately poor. His work establishing a complex of public health facilities on the central plateau of Haiti forms the keystone to efforts that now encompass initiatives on three continents. Farmer and a trio of friends began in the 1980s by creating a charitable foundation called Partners in Health (PIH, or Zanmi Lasante in Creole), armed with passionate conviction and $1 million in seed money from a Boston philanthropist. Kidder provides anecdotal evidence that their early approach to acquiring resources for the Haitian project at times involved a Robin Hood type of "redistributive justice" by liberating medical equipment from the "rich" (Harvard) and giving to the "poor" (the PIH clinic). Yet even as PIH has grown in size and sophistication, gaining the ability to influence and collaborate with major international organizations because of the founders' energy, professional credentials, and successful outcomes, their dedicated vision of doctoring to the poor remains unaltered. Farmer's conduct is offered as a "road map to decency," albeit an uncompromising model that nearly defies replication. This story is remarkable, and Kidder's skill in sequencing both dramatic and understated elements into a reflective commentary is unsurpassed.
School Library Journal - Lynn Nutwell, Fairfax City Regional Library, VA