Read More, Learn More – September 2012 Book List

Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World by Mae Elise Cannon (IVP Books, 2009)

Every day we are confronted by challenging societal problems, from poverty and institutional racism to AIDS and homelessness. It can all seem so overwhelming. But while none of us can do everything, all of us can do something. This handbook will help you discover what you can do. Mae Elise Cannon provides a comprehensive resource for Christians who are committed to social justice. She presents biblical rationale for justice and explains a variety of Christian approaches to doing justice. Tracing the history of Christians in social engagement, she lifts out role models and examples from the Great Awakenings to the civil rights movement. A wide-ranging catalog of topics and issues give background information about justice issues at home and abroad, such as sex trafficking, domestic violence, living wage initiatives, debt relief, environmental stewardship, bioethics, and much, much more.
This handbook includes dozens of practical exercises for taking action, as well as profiles of key figures and movements like William Wilberforce, the Salvation Army and Bono, highlighting how Christians and churches can make a difference. Also included are spiritual practices and resources to help us move from immobility to advocacy. God has always worked through His people to accomplish improbable tasks, and He can use you too. This handbook will be an essential companion for living justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with your God.

About the Author: Mae Cannon has been in Christian ministry for the last ten years and is the Executive Pastor at Hillside Covenant Church in Walnut Creek, California. Mae is currently a doctoral student in U.S. History at the University of California, Davis looking at the role of the church in the history of social reform. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree (MA) in Bioethics from Trinity International University. She has her Masters of Divinity (MDiv) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from North Park Theological Seminary and School of Nonprofit Management in Chicago, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine.

The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and and How All Men Can Help by Jackson Katz (Sourcebooks, 2006)

In this book, Katz speaks to all men, who, he argues, have a role to play in preventing male violence against women.

About the Author: Katz is cofounder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program (MVP)

Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time by Jay Milbrandt (Tyndale House Publishers, April 19, 2012)

With an MBA and a law degree from Pepperdine University, Jay Milbrandt had the world at his feet. But rather than following his peers into big firms with high profile clients and even higher salaries, Jay has chosen a completely different road–a journey that has led him across large portions of the globe to “go and do likewise,” as Jesus modeled and instructed in His life on this earth. In his efforts to bring justice and healing to people all around the world, Jay’s pursuit of justice has become an adventure far greater than he could have ever dreamed or imagined.

As Christians, we are called to take a step of faith for Christ, to change ourselves, and perhaps by doing that, to change those we encounter along the way. Go and Do is an invitation for all of us to join in the adventure of God’s story arc. It is an opportunity to understand why so many are finding such satisfaction and joy in reaching out to others. It is a chance to climb on board and discover exactly what role each of us can play in actively engaging this world as we, too, “go and do.”

About the Author: Jay Milbrandt is an attorney and serves as the Director of the Global Justice Program and Associate Director of the Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine University School of Law.  Jay travels regularly throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America as a human rights lawyer.  He manages global initiatives in Africa and South East Asia. He speaks frequently about his work. Jay is the author of numerous articles on legal and global topics and has written for numerous publications. You can connect with Jay at and on Twitter at

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