Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World

Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World


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Inspiring and insightful, Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World celebrates the shared principles that unite and enable us to overcome life’s challenges together.

“When the waters rise, so do our better angels.”—President Jimmy Carter

Jonathan Reckford, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity, has seen time and again the powerful benefits that arise when people from all walks of life work together to help one another. In this uplifting book, he shares true stories of people involved with Habitat as volunteers and future homeowners who embody seven timeless virtues—kindness, community, empowerment, joy, respect, generosity, and service—and shows how we can all practice these to improve the quality of our own lives as well as those around us.

A Vietnam veteran finds peace where he was once engaged in war. An impoverished single mother offers her family’s time and energy to enrich their neighbors’ lives. A Zambian family of nine living in a makeshift tent makes room to shelter even more. A teenager grieving for his mother honors her love and memory by ensuring other people have a place to call home. A former president of the United States leads by example with a determined work ethic that motivates everyone around him to be the best version of themselves.

These stories, and many others, illustrate how virtues become values, how cooperation becomes connection, and how even the smallest act of compassion can encourage actions that transform the world around us. Here are tales that will make readers laugh and cry and embrace with passion the calling of our better angels to change the way we take care of ourselves, our families, our communities, and the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250237798
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 513,160
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

JONATHAN RECKFORD has served as chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International since 2005. Under his leadership, Habitat has gone from helping 25,000 families annually to more than 300,000. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Reckford earned his MBA from Stanford and went on to managerial positions at Goldman Sachs, Marriott, Walt Disney Company, and Best Buy. Reckford also served as executive pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minnesota. In 2017, Jonathan was named Influencer of the Year by the Nonprofit Times.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jimmy Carter ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Kindness 13

Chapter 2 Community 41

Chapter 3 Empowerment 65

Chapter 4 Joy 99

Chapter 5 Respect 125

Chapter 6 Generosity 167

Chapter 7 Service 195

Acknowledgments 217

Resource Guide 221

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