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The following recommendations provide a broad sample of books that have been influential in our organization. While we don’t necessarily agree with every statement of every book, we think it’s important to read broadly and reflectively. We hope this list helps give you an insight into the thoughts that have helped us become who we are as an organization. Also, please note this is not an exhaustive list.


Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development (John M. Perkins)

Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together and Doing It Right (John M. Perkins)

Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development (John M. Perkins & Wayne Gordon)

Leadership Revolution: Developing the Vision & Practice of Freedom & Justice (John M. Perkins & Wayne Gordon)

The New Parish (Paul Sparks and Tim Soerens, Dewight Friesen)

The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door ( Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon )

The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods ( John Mcknight and Peter Block)

Community: The Structure of Belonging (Peter Block)

Building Communities from the Inside Out (John P. Kretzmann, John L. McKnight )

ABCD: When People Care Enough to Act (Mike Green)

Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up (Paul Schmitz)

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart (Christena Cleveland)

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It (Robert D. Lupton)

Charity Detox: What Charity Would Look Like If We Cared About Results (Robert D. Lupton)

Empowerment: A Key Component of Christian Community Development (Mary Nelson)

Community Conversations (Paul Born)

Journey to the Common Good (Walter Brueggemann)

Communities First ( Jay Van Groningen)

Small is Beautiful (E. F. Schumacher)

Local Dollars Local Sense (Michael Shuman)

Discovering the Other: Asset-Based Approaches for Building Community Together (Cameron Harder)

No Home Like Place: A Christian Theology of Place (Leonard Hjalmarson)

Vespas, Cafes, Singlespeed Bikes, and Urban Hipsters (Dave Arnold and Cole Brown)




The following links provide a broad sample of sites and organizations that have been influential to our organization.


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