Street Saints: Renewing America's Cities

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Based on eight years of hands-on experience and more than 300 interviews, Street Saints is both a book of motivational stories about unsung heroes and a sociological study of the "faith factor," documenting faith-based programs that are treating social maladies in America. This book takes readers on a tour of communities and institutions in America where faith-based initiatives are making a difference. It offers inspiration, role models, and guidelines for people who would like to give back to their own ...

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Overview

Based on eight years of hands-on experience and more than 300 interviews, Street Saints is both a book of motivational stories about unsung heroes and a sociological study of the "faith factor," documenting faith-based programs that are treating social maladies in America. This book takes readers on a tour of communities and institutions in America where faith-based initiatives are making a difference. It offers inspiration, role models, and guidelines for people who would like to give back to their own communities.

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What People Are Saying

Bob Buford
Barbara Elliott is a hands-on hero. With the mind of a first rate policy analyst, she has a heart as big as Texas and she's not afraid to get out amongst 'em as the 300 interviews in Street Saints attests.
author of Halftime and Finishing Well and founder of Leadership Network
Deal Hudson
Street Saints is a compelling look at what's right with America. No stranger to the political world, Barbara Elliott takes us deeper than political remedies can reach: the human heart. Faith works, she demonstrates in a plunge tour of our cities that it is not only inspiring, but persuasively researched.
publisher, Crisis magazine
Jim Towey
Street Saints powerfully portrays the difference that faith-based and community groups - as well as faith-filled people - are making in the lives of those in need in America. In an era of cynicism and anxiety, Street Saints offers inspiration and hope and shows how lives are being transformed by, as President Bush would say, America's 'armies of compassion.
former legal counsel to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Marvin Olasky
In this book Barbara Elliott unites knowledge and eloquence, an all-too-rare combination. Barbara introduced me to some terrific groups in Houston; now she is introducing the entire country to what she has learned. Take advantage of her understanding by making it your own.
University of Texas, Austin; editor of World magazine, author of Compassionate Conservatism and The Tragedy of American Compassion
Michael Sweeney
Mother Teresa of Calcutta held that poverty in the United States is more severe than anywhere else in the world because, in this, the wealthiest nation on earth, poverty is not only acute, but also humiliating. In this engaging book, Barbara Elliott shows that American poverty is right now being addressed in our neighborhoods and cities in an American way -through faith. Read it and be heartened by what is occurring under our very noses; read it to discover what works, and why.
Rev., O.P., President, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932031768
  • Publisher: Templeton Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara J. Elliott is a philanthropic advisor with the Legacy Group. She is the founder of the Center for Renewal, which serves the leaders of faith-based groups. President George W. Bush gave her an award for Human Rights in 2001, honoring her work with refugees and the poor. She is the author of Candles Behind the Wall: Heroes of the Peaceful Revolution that Shattered Communism, and scores of articles on civic renewal. Barbara Elliott lives in Houston, Texas.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    good works in America's cities

    Founder of the Center for Renewal in Houston, Elliott was able to do over 300 interviews with persons who are leaders in successful civic organizations. Although their ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds vary widely, there is a common thread running though all the diverse activities--namely, improvement of urban life in general or some specific group in particular. And the many individuals Elliott portrays on the basis of her interviews do this with singular and exemplary imagination, commitment, and effectiveness. Elliott goes beyond only praising the individuals by uncovering their motivations and describing their work to also go into the founding of their programs, how the programs are run, their interactions with communities and government at different levels, and the keys to their survival and success. Thus, readers are given not only engaging portrayals of exemplary social activists, but also outlines of their innovative, relevant programs which can serve as models for ones in other urban centers.

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