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Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times (edition 2010)

by Paul Rogat Loeb

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Title:Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times
Authors:Paul Rogat Loeb
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2010), Edition: 2nd, Paperback, 400 pages
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Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time by Paul Rogat Loeb

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I read this book looking for some inspiration but sadly I feel it left me short. The stories were consistent but none of them really inspired me. I've spent some time being politically active not as much as some but I'm no novice, and maybe that's why this book left me feeling unfulfilled. I just kept expecting more and Soul of a Citizen kept letting me down. Good book for those looking to get started politically but not so good for those already active or active in the past. ( )
  izzysbks | Jul 21, 2010 |
I attended Paul Loeb's workshop at the 2007 UUA General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. He is a motivational speaker and writer for progressive social activists. His topic is how activists can avoid or recover from burnout and can continue their involvement in social issues decade after decade with persistence and hope. He shows with many examples that the successes and turning points in social movements come after years of mundane day to day organizing by ordinary people who persisted. Brian Leekley ( )
  uucplibrary | Nov 11, 2007 |
I've only read parts of this book, but I'd recommend anything by Loeb. ( )
  beau.p.laurence | Jul 24, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312204353, Paperback)

These are indeed cynical times. But to hide behind the smugness of cynicism is a kind of self-imposed death sentence, explains writer and social commentator Paul Loeb. In fact, now is the ideal time for gathering all our strengths and wisdom as spiritual beings and applying ourselves to shaping a better world, he claims.

Are we talking social activism here? Well, yes. But before you cringe from images of shrill, humorless, burned out activists, keep in mind that Loeb is talking about a new kind of activism--an exciting, spiritual model for creating social change. We don't have to be pious or martyred saints (as he explains throughout one chapter), starving ourselves in the name of a cause or staging protests in freezing rain. We can be "good enough" activists, assuming the task of helping 10 people in need rather than taking on the globe. We can remember the power of storytelling when convincing an audience, rather than angrily spewing scary facts. We can replenish ourselves so that we do not burn out. We can emphasize themes such as community and forgiveness rather than separatism and blame.

This is a deeply spiritual book, but make no mistake: Loeb's writing, research, and integrity are as solid as they come. Soul of a Citizen may well become The Handbook for activism at the turn of the century. --Gail Hudson

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