Sine, Tom. Live Like You Give a Damn! Join the Change Making Celebration. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2016.
What does it truly mean to live, let alone purposefully? Tom Sine answers these questions by listening to local communities and challenging cultural assumptions about success. Live Like You Give A Damn! challenges its readers to unleash their imagination on what it takes to make a difference – within themselves, their families, their community, and even the world. Key to making change is connection to and working with those under 35, the Millennials, the Next Gens (X, Y, Z). The harsh reality is that most of these individuals have little if any affinity for church-going or to religion in general. Yet, they are people of compassion. Ironically these generations are living a more authentic life as they follow in Jesus’ footsteps in caring for the poor and oppressed. Thus, they are a primary hope for the future of the Church.
Stine calls upon everyone to be a mustard seed for change and put into practice the promises of the Gospel. However, the clock is ticking and the time for meaningful engagement is “now”. Over the course of eight chapters, Stine provides inspiring examples of efforts started by concerned individuals who, with the backing of the communities in which they worked, have ignited the flames of meaningful change. Additionally, the aging and thinning populations of churches everywhere are shown how to refocus on community action, beyond soup kitchens and check writing. Stine provides guidance through the thought provoking questions within each chapter which invite the reader to dream, scheme, and create. Live Like You Give A Damn! is highly recommended for all generations and is equally suited for group contemplation and motivation. Become motivated and live as if heaven is here on earth now.
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