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Shaking the system : what I learned from the great American reform movements

Author: Tim Stafford
Publisher: Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Thousands are active today seeking to make the world a better place. It is a great American tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Sometimes such reform movements were very effective and sometimes they weren't. What made the difference? How come some grand ideals were fulfilled and others faded away? Tim Stafford explores the patterns of successful and failed reform movements to highlight what activists today  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stafford, Tim, 1950-
Shaking the system.
Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP Books, ©2007
(OCoLC)891545411
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Stafford
ISBN: 9780830834365 0830834362
OCLC Number: 137244714
Description: 176 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: How do we change the world? --
Starting with truth --
Meeting resistance --
Pressure tactics --
Staying power --
The seduction of violence --
Party politics and the prophetic alternative --
Applying political pressure --
Who is an activist?
Responsibility: Tim Stafford.
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"Thousands are active today seeking to make the world a better place. It is a great American tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Sometimes such reform movements were very effective and sometimes they weren't. What made the difference? How come some grand ideals were fulfilled and others faded away? Tim Stafford explores the patterns of successful and failed reform movements to highlight what activists today can learn. How can activists keep from burning out? How can they avoid the lure of violence? What are ways to engage politics that are at once practical and ethical? The great American reform movements of the last two centuries have an abundance of down-to-earth guidance to offer on these and other vital questions. Tim Stafford weaves the stories of the abolitionist movement, the temperance movement, the suffrage movement and the civil rights movement into this readable and practical study with application to those today who are motivated by the gospel to make a difference in the world"--Jacket.

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