“. . . Those who read Jonathan Reckford's book may find their lives ...

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“. . . Those who read Jonathan Reckford's book may find their lives ...

. . . nails down exactly why and how youand I can help. Informative, moving,illuminating, and encouraging!”—The Honorable Jack Kemp, former United StatesSecretary of Housing and Urban Development. . . Those who read JonathanReckford’s book may findtheir lives forever changed.”—Bob Edgar, General Secretary,National Council of Churches USA


Creating a Habitat for HumanityNo Hands but YoursJonathan T. M. ReckfordFEATURES• The remarkable story of Habitat for Humanity as told byits new leader• Provides the biblical and theological basis for the workof providing housing• Includes numerous stories from the field• Includes action suggestions and a study guide forindividual or group useThe chronic large-scale problem of homelessness and affordablehousing has been dramatically and achingly portrayed in accountsof Hurricane Katrina, the South Asian tsunami, and other recentnatural disasters. This book takes as its key biblical focus Micah6:8—What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and tolove mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”Detailing the problems and opportunities represented by thevarious circumstances of poverty housing in the United States andabroad,, the book begins with Jonathan Reckford’s personal storyand philosophy for Habitat for Humanity. Detailing the problemsand opportunities represented by the various circumstances homelessnessin the United States and abroad, Reckford tells the story ofhow Habitat has touched the lives of people around the world andis transforming not only those receiving housing but those whoparticipate as builders.The final chapter helps individuals and groups take a justice,mercy, and humility” self-check and lays out a list of resources aswell as ways people can be involved in creating affordable housing.Includes an online small group Leader’s Guide and a participantStudy Guide.Shelving:Readers:Reading Level:ISBN-13:ISBN-10:Price:Spec:Rights:Pub Date:BISAC:Religion / Politics & State / Ethics/ InspirationGeneral readers with social concerns;adult study groups; clergy; youthministers; college, university, andseminary professors and students inSocial Ethics; librarians6978-0-8006-3888-70-8006-3888-3$10.00 / CAN $12.00 / UK £5.995.5” x 8.5”, paperback, 128 pagesWorldMarch 2007REL084000, REL028000, REL036000Jonathan Reckford is Chief Executive Officer of Habitat forHumanity. He brings vast experience as an executive in businessas well as his most recent work as executive pastor of ChristPresbyterian Church of Edina, Minnesota. He lives in Atlanta,Georgia.For further information and to discuss speaking opportunities or interviews with the authorplease contact Bob Todd, Fortress Press, (612) 330-3234, toddb@augsburgfortress.org


For further information and to discuss speaking opportunities or interviews with the authorplease contact Bob Todd, Fortress Press, (612) 330-3234, toddb@augsburgfortress.org


An inspiring look at an inspirational organization . . . .Habitat’snew CEO has clearly embraced the mission, vision and values ofhis organization. By telling heartfelt stories, referencing Biblicalpassages, and asking readers to reflect on their own purpose inlife, Reckford builds a powerful case for how we can eliminatesubstandard housing in our lifetime.”—Bruce Nicholson, President and CEO,Thrivent Financial for LutheransThank you, Jonathan Reckford, for elevating our sights beyondtoday’s polarizing political and religious polemics and soinspiringly reminding us that there is no higher calling than thecommon ground of serving ‘the least of these.’”—Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO,Mercy CorpsWhat People Are SayingAs one who spends several days each year building housesfor Habitat for Humanity, I’m grateful for Jonathan Reckford’sinspiring book. He makes the social case for Habitat’s activities,stressing the justice issues of poverty housing, and he statesthe scriptural mandates that should compel all his readers totake up the cause. . . . This book will lead many of its readersto places they never imagined. . . . Those who read JonathanReckford’s book may find their lives forever changed.”—Bob Edgar, General Secretary,National Council of Churches USAReckford’s account of Habitat for Humanity’s contribution tothe realization of the Millennium Development Goals is trulyinspiring. The book should stir civil society organizations toscale up their efforts and hold governments accountable to meettheir commitment to achieve the Millennium Goals. The Rightto Shelter along with the other Millennium Goals are indeedbasic human rights.”—Salil Shetty, Director,United Nations Millennium CampaignJonathan has captured well both the spirit and energy ofHabitat for Humanity that has transformed hopelessness tohopefulness for families around the world. He demonstratesnot only the importance of ending poverty housing, but that allof us can play a part.”—John L. McCullough, CEO,Church World ServiceHabitat for Humanity is one of the most powerful examples inmodern history of a cause that has touched the lives of masses ofpeople in need, uplifted its workers and volunteers, and shareda moral wellspring. Jonathan Reckford in Creating a Habitat forHumanity sharpens the moral imperative so that it can provide theimpetus for the next generation of Habitat’s contributions in theUnited States and around the world.”—Henry Cisneros, Former Secretary of theU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,Executive Chairman, CityViewWhat a great thing when a very good idea can get better. JonathanReckford clearly understands the organization he has been askedto lead. He celebrates Habitat’s unique contributions to communitydevelopment and does so with direct and personal knowledgeof the challenges of poverty and Habitat’s accomplishments. ButReckford does more. He calls us to be involved in Habitat’s visionand he calls Habitat to build on its vision. The book will be ashelpful to new Habitat recruits as it is to the long-committedfaithful - those who have given themselves to Habitat forHumanity’s principles and have thought deeply about where themovement for community change needs to go from here.”—Rev. Paul Dirdak, Deputy General Secretary,The United Methodist Committee On ReliefIn this small but powerful book, Jonathan Reckford offers amoving, impassioned call to end homelessness and poverty notonly for those of us living in the United States, but for all the world’speople. Through blending a discussion of the housing challengesour world faces with the stories of those who have been changedbecause of their personal experience with Habitat, Reckfordillustrates how fighting poverty is a matter of moral necessity.”—Nan Roman, President,National Alliance to End Homelessness


For further information and to discuss speaking opportunities or interviews with the authorplease contact Bob Todd, Fortress Press, (612) 330-3234, toddb@augsburgfortress.org

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