Faith is a Verb: On the Home Front with Habitat for Humanity in the Campaign to Rebuild America (and the World)

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Gimlet Eye Books, 2005 - Social Science - 156 pages
Chris Goodrich, author of books on Yale Law and the mystique of building your own sports car, thought writing about the world's largest non-profit home-builder would be a lark. But then he caught 'infectious Habititis'...and now spends every available minute volunteering with Habitat. "Hmmm...write tomorrow's fishwrap, or save the world?" he says. "In the end, it wasn't a hard choice." Faith is a Verb is both an account of the author's years building with Habitat and a history of the organization, which Goodrich sees as a model institution founded on grassroots, Jeffersonian principles. The reader looks over his shoulder as Goodrich helps restore a burned-out drug den to its Victorian glory in Bridgeport, Connecticut; understands the yawning gap between the rich and poor as he straightens nails with an impoverished teenager in the Dominican Republic; senses the importance of volunteer work as he watches, while laying a stone foundation in Paraguay, the Twin Towers fall on 9/11.

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Contents

Fresh from the Stream 3
13
The Only Game in Town 3
31
Not Charity but Capital
45
But Were Gonna Be Busy
63
Amateur Hour
89
For the Mutual Benefit of All Persons
111
Block and Circus 33
133
Acknowledgments 48
150
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