Books

You can start with this list of SDA books on social ethics.

Below are a number of topics relating to faith-based activism. Clearly, these lists are not exhaustive:

Church-centered Initiatives

  1. Community Assessment for Faith-based Organizations (Sahlin, 2011) SDA
  2. Understanding Your Community (Sahlin, ?) SDA
  3. Community Impact Series SDA
  4. Churches That Make a Difference (Sider, Olson & Unruh, 2002)
  5. The Externally Focused Church (Rusaw & Swanson, 2004)
  6. Linking Arms, Linking Lives (Gordon, Perkins, Sider & Tizon, 2008)
  7. The Church of Irresistible Influence (Lewis, 2001)
  8. The Equipping Church (Mallory, 2001)

Development+Poverty

  1. Walking with the Poor (Myers, 1999)
  2. The Hole in Our Gospel (Stearns, 2009)
  3. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, 5th Ed. (Sider, 2005)
  4. Make Poverty Personal (Barker, 2009)
  5. Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor (Lupton, 2007)
  6. Less Than Two Dollars a Day: A Christian View of World Poverty and the Free Market (Van Til, 2007)
  7. My Name Is Child of God…Not “Those People”: A First Person Look at Poverty (Dinsmore, 2007)
  8. Neither Poverty nor Riches (Blomberg, 1999)
  9. Power and Poverty (Hughes, 2009)
  10. When Helping Hurts (Corbett & Fikkert, 2009)
  11. Christian Relief and Development (Kuhn, 2005) [possibly no longer available]  SDA

Economics

  1. Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and Life Choices (Claar & Klay, 2007)
  2. Economic Justice and the State (Bernbaum, 1986)
  3. Economy of Grace (Tanner, 2005)
  4. Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community (Berry, 1994)
  5. High Price for Abundant Living (Rempel, 2003)
  6. The Fullness of Time in a Flat World (Waalkes, 2010)
  7. Global Neighbors (Hicks & Valeri, eds., 2008)
  8. Justice in a Global Economy (Brubaker, Peters, & Stivers, eds., 2006)

Environment

  1. Serve God, Save the Planet (M. Sleeth, 2007)
  2. For the Beauty of the Earth (Bouma-prediger, 2001)
  3. Go Green, Save Green (N. Sleeth, 2009)
  4. Christianity and Ecology (Hessel & Ruether, eds., 2000)
  5. Evening Thoughts (Berry & Tucker, 2006)
  6. Inspiring Progress (Gardner, 2006)
  7. A Greener Faith (Gottlieb, 2006)
  8. The Care of Creation (Berry, ed., 2000)
  9. Saving God’s Green Earth (Robinson & Chatraw, 2006)
  10. Loving Nature (Nash, 1991)
  11. Redeeming Creation (Van Dyke, Mahan, Sheldon & Brand, 1996)

Human Rights

  1. The Good News about Injustice (Haugen, 1999)
  2. Just Courage (Haugen, 2008)
  3. Faith and Human Rights (Amesbury & Newlands, 2008)
  4. Crowned with Glory and Honor (Marshall, 2001)

Justice

  1. The Little Book of Biblical Justice (Marshall, 2005)
  2. The Little Book of Restorative Justice (Zehr, 2002)
  3. Justice: A Biblical Perspective (Dempsey, 2008)
  4. Six Theories of Justice (Lebacqz, 1986)
  5. The Justice Project (McLaren, Padilla & Seeber, 2009)
  6. Social Justice in the Hebrew Bible (Malchow, 1996)

Peace+Forgiveness+Reconciliation+Violence+War+Conflict

  1. The Peacemaking Remnant (Morgan, ed., 2005) SDA
  2. Anarchy and Apocalypse: Essays on Faith, Violence, and Theodicy (Osborn, 2010) SDA
  3. Building Peace: Overcoming Violence In Communities (Holsopple, Krall, & Pittman, 2005) SDA
  4. Thoughts on Peace (Lee, 1950) SDA
  5. A Case for Peace in Reason and Faith (Hellwig, 1992)
  6. A Culture of Peace: God’s Vision for the Church (Kreider, Kreider & Widjaja, 2005)
  7. Artisans of Peace: Grassroots Peacemaking among Christian Communities (Cejka & Bamat, 2003)
  8. Faith and Violence (Merton, 1968)
  9. A Peace Reader (Sider & Keefer, 2002)
  10. An Ethic for Enemies (Shriver, 1995)
  11. Building Peace (Lederach, 1997)
  12. Christian Attitudes toward War and Peace (Bainton, 1960)
  13. Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution (Yoder, 2009)
  14. Christian Peacemaking & International Conflict: A Realist Pacifist Perspective (Friesen, 1996)
  15. Christian Peacemaking: From Heritage to Hope (Buttry, 1994)
  16. Churches in the World of Nations (Koshy, 1994)
  17. Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics (Swartley, 2006)
  18. From the Ground Up: Mennonite Contributions to International Peacebuilding (Sampson & Lederach, 2000)
  19. Gandhi and Jesus (Rynne, 2008)
  20. Jesus and Nonviolence (Wink, 2003)
  21. The Journey toward Reconciliation (Lederach, 1999)
  22. Justice and Peace: A Christian Primer (Thompson, 2003)
  23. A Just Forgiveness (Worthington, 2009)
  24. Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm… (Stassen, ed., 2008)
  25. Love Your Enemies (Lisa Sowle Cahill, 1994)
  26. Making Peace with Conflict (Schrock-Shenk & Ressler, 1999)
  27. The Moral Imagination (Lederach, 2005)
  28. Neglected Voices: Peace in the Old Testament (Leiter, 2007)
  29. No Future without Forgiveness (Tutu, 1999)
  30. The Original Revolution: Essays on Christian Pacifism (Yoder, 1971)
  31. Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Praxis (Schreiter, Appleby & Powers, 2010)
  32. Peace Ministry: A Handbook for Local Churches (Buttry, 1995)
  33. Peace on Earth: Roots and Practices from Luke’s Gospel (Grassi, 2004)
  34. The Peacemaker (Sande, 2004)
  35. Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution (Little, 2007)
  36. The Peacemaking Power of Prayer (Robb & Hill, 2000)
  37. Political Forgiveness: Lessons from South Africa (Daye, 2004)
  38. Reconciliation: Restoring Justice (de Gruchy, 2002)
  39. Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing (Katongole & Rice, 2008)
  40. Seeking Peace (Arnold, 2000)
  41. Shalom: The Bible’s Word for Salvation, Justice, and Peace (Yoder, 1998)
  42. Transforming Violence (Herr & Herr, 1998)
  43. The War of the Lamb: The Ethics of Nonviolence and Peacemaking (Yoder, 2009)
  44. What about Hitler? (Brimlow, 2006)

Politics

  1. The Politics of Jesus, 2nd Ed. (Yoder, 1994)
  2. The Christian Witness to the State (Yoder, 1964)
  3. Jesus for President (Claiborne & Haw, 2008)
  4. Red Letter Christians (Campolo, 2008)
  5. A Public Faith (Volf, 2011)
  6. Engaging the Powers (Wink, 1992)
  7. The Scandal of Evangelical Politics (Sider, 2008)
  8. Toward an Evangelical Public Policy (Sider & Knippers, eds., 2005)
  9. God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It (Wallis, 2005)
  10. The Great Awakening (Wallis, 2008)
  11. The Soul of Politics (Wallis, 1995)

General Topics

  1. Swimming against the Current (Blake, 2007) SDA
  2. Mission in Metropolis (Sahlin, 2007) SDA
  3. Welfare Ministry (White, 1952) SDA
  4. Disruptive Religion (Smith, 1996)
  5. The Irresistible Revolution (Claiborne, 2006)
  6. Dangerous Faith: Growing in God and Service to the World (Vestal, 2007)
  7. Faith Works (Wallis, 2005)
  8. The Outward Focused Life (Workman, 2008)
  9. I Am Not a Social Activist (Sider, 2008)
  10. Let Justice Roll Down (Perkins, 2006)
  11. The God of Intimacy and Action: Reconnecting Ancient Spiritual Practices, Evangelism, and Justice (Campolo & Darling, 2007)
  12. Choose Love not Power (Campolo, 2009)
  13. The Priestly Kingdom: Social Ethics as Gospel (Yoder, 1985)
  14. Social Analysis: Linking Faith and Justice (Holland & Henriot, 1983)

More categories to come…

See Adventist Peace Fellowship – Peace Pursuits, Adventist Community Services and Center for Creative Ministry for more book recommendations. Also, Red Letter Christians has a great list of recommended books.

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