Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time / Edition 1

Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time / Edition 1

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by Paul Rogat Loeb
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312204353

ISBN-13: 9780312204358

Pub. Date: 03/15/1999

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Soul of a Citizen awakens within us the desire and the ability to make our voices heard and our actions count. We can lead lives worthy of our convictions.

A book of inspiration and integrity, Soul of a Citizen is an antidote to the twin scourges of modern life-powerlessness and cynicism. In his evocative style. Paul Loeb tells moving tells moving

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Soul of a Citizen awakens within us the desire and the ability to make our voices heard and our actions count. We can lead lives worthy of our convictions.

A book of inspiration and integrity, Soul of a Citizen is an antidote to the twin scourges of modern life-powerlessness and cynicism. In his evocative style. Paul Loeb tells moving tells moving stories of ordinary Americans who have found unexpected fulfillment in social involvement. Through their example and Loeb's own wise and powerful lessons, we are compelled to move from passivity to participation. The reward of our action, we learn, is nothing less than a sense of connection and purpose not found in a purely personal life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312204358
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/15/1999
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.19(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Chapter 1Making Our Lives Count14
Chapter 2We Don't Have to Be Saints34
Chapter 3One Step at a Time58
Chapter 4The Cynical Smirk76
Chapter 5Unforeseen Fruits98
Chapter 6The Call of Stories117
Chapter 7Values, Work, and Family149
Chapter 8Village Politics185
Chapter 9Widening the Circle214
Chapter 10Coping with Burnout243
Chapter 11Pieces of a Vision282
Chapter 12The Fullness of Time310
Resource Guide350
Index359
Acknowledgments371

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Soul of a Citizen 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
One of the best novels has been written thus far.
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hlangford More than 1 year ago
This is a great read....
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a keeper. It's a good, inspiring read, plus it's good to simply have around, reminding you of its contents. It struck me as a political version of Julia Cameron's 'The Artist's Way.' While she explains that 'born' artists are a myth, Loeb describes community activists who aren't saints or crazies. Both writers try to motivate flawed, busy people to forget about perfection and take the plunge-whether it be into playful creativity or a social cause-in order to feel more whole and alive. I recommend this personal guidebook to everyone, to every age and class, from the left to the right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Loeb's assurances that we need not suffer through the cynicism of our times, but can overcome it through social action, comes at a most welcome time. The most important message in this book, which needs repeating and repeating some more, is that ordinary people who take a stand and organize themselves to work against injustice wherever they are, can produce extraordinary results. If you are interested in leaving a better world than you found, you will find absolute gems within the pages of this book.
Juany More than 1 year ago
Don't buy this unless you are forced to. I purchased this for a political science class, not knowing how much I would grow to dislike this book. The class is still in session and I'm still reading this book, yet I find its ingratiating style insulting and contradictory. Being one of the few students who has actually opened the book all semester, I can safely say that Paul Loeb fails miserably in his mission to rid me of my supposed cynicism. It reads like a poorly written high school paper, asserting unsupportable facts and numbing language. I would never expect to find this text used in a college setting. His obvious political stance clouds his already murky goal, distracting any reader from following this organizational nightmare. Self help as a fluff piece, blatantly ignoring the middle class and spouting pieces of common sense as political jewels. It doesn't seem that he has any of his own ideas to express. After hearing him blast story after story of great changes wrought by little people, it seemed both repetitive and callow. Glad I bought it used. Would not recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many would say we live in a hardboiled, materialistic, soulless time. Plenty of evidence can be adduced for that point of view; yet Paul Rogat Loeb urges us to hope again--and to act on our hope. In 'Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time,' Loeb encourages his readers to re-enlist in the battle for a better world; and he gives many examples of 'ordinary' people who have managed extraordinary feats of courage and compassion. While he does not pretend that right always triumphs, he makes the case that trying to do right is always enobling to the spirit. This is a great holiday gift for anyone, especially young people--and anyone, of any age, who is in despair.