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If I Were a Carpenter: Twenty Years of Habitat for Humanity
     

If I Were a Carpenter: Twenty Years of Habitat for Humanity

by Frye Gaillard
 
Begun in 1965 by Millard Fuller, a wealthy Alabama businessman, Habitat for Humanity has become one of America's greatest success stories. In the mid-1980s, former president Jimmy Carter became an active member of Habitat, leading armies of volunteers on house-building blitzes. By the end of 1995, Habitat had built more than 40,000 homes, housing over 250,000 people.

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Begun in 1965 by Millard Fuller, a wealthy Alabama businessman, Habitat for Humanity has become one of America's greatest success stories. In the mid-1980s, former president Jimmy Carter became an active member of Habitat, leading armies of volunteers on house-building blitzes. By the end of 1995, Habitat had built more than 40,000 homes, housing over 250,000 people. This book traces the evolution of the organization and examines the personalities and commitments of all the people involved in it. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the 20 years of its existence, Habitat for Humanity, conceived by Georgia Baptist preacher Millard Fuller, has erected 40,000 homes around the world in pursuance of its goal of eradicating poverty housing. Its formula is simple: once a family is selected, its members and volunteer workers build a home, Habitat supplying the materials. The family assumes the mortgage, and because no interest is charged, the payments are affordable by those with low-paying jobs. Much of the success of Habitat is due to Fuller, its founder and ongoing director. An even bigger factor, however, is the participation of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, who have not only loaned their names and prestige to the group, but labored with hammer and saw on many projects. Some of Habitat's members are from the clergy, but most are lay Christians who believe they are carrying out Biblical injunctions. This is an inspiring story, and it is told sympathetically and movingly by ex-Charlotte Observer correspondent Gaillard (Watermelon Wine) and supplemented by many effective photos. Author tour. (June)
School Library Journal
YAConceived by Millard Fuller, a successful businessman, and Clarence Jordan, a southern Baptist preacher, Habitat for Humanity now builds hundreds of houses for the poor each year, worldwide. Habitat has fought poverty, ignorance, greed, and prejudice to rebuild both inner-city and rural communities. Former president Jimmy Carter not only gives his time to fund-raising, but also works on a construction crew every summer and has become a national symbol for the organization. Both successes and failures of Habitat are recounted here, and many questions are raised about its mission. Should Habitat build neighborhoods as well as houses? Can it keep to its principles of no-interest loans, maximum use of volunteer labor, and new homeowners taking part in the work? YAs will find inspiration in the personal stories of people whose lives have been changed by a Habitat house, and those with community service aspirations or obligations may find this book to be an informative resource.Molly Connally, Kings Park Library, Fairfax County, VA
Booknews
A history of the Habitat for Humanity organization from its beginnings as the brainchild of Millard Fuller and Reverend Clarence Jordan in Georgia to its 20th anniversary, celebrating the construction of over a quarter million homes worldwide. Gaillard, an award winning journalist, gives a balanced account of the successes and failures of Habitat basing his story on research and interviews conducted in the US, Guatemala, Africa, and Ireland. Includes black and white photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ray Olson
To mark Habitat for Humanity's twentieth anniversary, Gaillard tells its story simply, gracefully, and humbly, as befits an organization that clings to its Christian identity despite, or really because of, its outreach to non-Christian lands and peoples. Habitat is the realization of Baptist preacher and social activist Clarence Jordan's concept of building, with volunteer labor including that of prospective owners, houses for poor people to buy by repaying no-interest loans. After Jordan's death, his disciple Millard Fuller got it up and running as a federation of community-based organizations that has spread from the American South throughout the world, especially after Fuller recruited Habitat's most famous volunteer, former President Jimmy Carter. Carter turns up often in these pages that Gaillard divides into four parts on Habitat's beginnings; the highly successful Habitat affiliate in Charlotte, N.C.; the spread of Habitat throughout the world; and Habitat's growing pains and plans for the future. Inspiring, moving, and surprisingly engrossing reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780895871480
Publisher:
John F Blair, Publisher
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.81(d)

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