Each month, Randy Mayeux does an excellent job of providing the review of books selected for CitySquare's Urban Engagement Book Club. In a little under an hour, he provides us with a synopsis of literature that helps our advocacy work increase public awareness on a wide range of issues that influence our thinking and our work.
Randy is also a blogger and in a recent post he writes a reflection on the book we reviewed earlier this month this month.
"...I speak twice a month, at two different locations, for the Urban Engagement Book Club hosted by CitySquare (formerly Central Dallas Ministries). I present the same types of presentations that I present at the First Friday Book Synopsis, but I choose books dealing with issues of social justice and poverty."
"...I presented my synopsis of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World by Mae Elise Cannon (foreword by John Perkins) (Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Books – An imprint of InterVarsity Press. 2009). Here are a couple of key quotes:
"Social justice is complicated. People have strong ideas about it! Say “social justice” to one person, and he or she will think you are a saint following in the footsteps of Mother Theresa. But someone else may throw a fit and declare that you are a liberal activist who has abandoned the true fundamentals of Scripture."
"People can spend eternity stuck in the process of becoming aware. (emphasis added). It is tempting to be theoretically involved, seeking to know more, philosophizing and waiting to figure things out before beginning down the road of action and advocacy. We must be willing to pursue awareness without being immobilized by the process."
"It’s part of that last quote that gets to me: “People can spend eternity stuck in the process of becoming aware.” Yes, we can. I know that I can. And there is so much action to take – now. And this is true in every setting; in the nonprofit world, in the business world, in the education world. There is so much to be done, and it is needed now."
"This reminded me of a great speech from for the movie The Great Debaters. The movie is based on the true story of the Wiley College Debate Team from the 1930s. From the debate between Wiley College and Oklahoma City College..."
"When is the time to get to work, to bring about social justice, to make the changes needed at work, to make the changes needed in your own life? The answer is always the same – the time is (always!) now. And that is the message of all good books. There is work to be done. Let us to the task. There is not an hour to lose."
As usual, thanks Randy!