On Friday, August 2, I will present a special bonus program following the First Friday Book Synopsis to benefit the Take Time to Read charity, sponsored by the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. All the proceeds from the program will go directly to that charity. The bonus program is based upon a best-seller by Jonathan Kozol, entitled Fire in the Ashes. The additional fee is only $15.
I am allowing active school teachers with ID to attend the synopsis and bonus program for $30, a savings of $14 over the regular price. They will be very interested in the books that we present, along with the great breakfast, and networking opportunities.
You can read about this great charity by clicking here.
Register by going to: www.firstfridaybooksynopsis.com, or calling me at (972) 601-1537.
Karl Krayer and I will soon complete our 13th full year of hosting the First Friday Book Synopsis. At each of our monthly meetings, Karl and I each present a synopsis of a best selling business book.
For nearly half that time, I have also presented synopses every month for the Urban Engagement Book Club for CitySquare (formerly Central Dallas Ministries). And just as people ask me about the best/most important business books, people also ask me about the best/most important social justice & poverty books.
Let me state the obvious – reading one book helps you a little, but reading a series of books, covering an important arena, builds a body of knowledge, and helps you know how to think, and then, what to do.
If social justice and poverty concern you, here’s a short list of books to put in your reading stack. Read these, and you will begin to build that body of knowledge.
|Read this book||A comment, or two|
|How to get started… Start here!||The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
|Yes, that The Grapes of Wrath (1939). Just to grasp the human struggle of severe poverty. Everyone should read this in their adult years!|
|To understand the plight of the working poor||Nickel and Dimed On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich.||Ehrenreich went “undercover” before Undercover Boss was ever conceived.|
|To go a little deeper into the plight of the working poor||The Working Poor: (Invisible in America) by David K. Shipler||Shipler is a Pulitzer Prize winner – and this is gripping, and sad.|
|To think about unequal education||The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol||Or – read his earlier book, Savage Inequalities. Actually, read this one first…|
|So, what to do||How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein||Comprehensive – helpful, useful!|
To build optimism
The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems by Richard T. Pascale, Jerry Sternin, Monique Sternin
Some encouraging success stories. The Sternins were used as a success story in the book Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.
Of course, there are many worthy, valuable books not listed here. If you compiled your own list, it would be different. But I think this is a pretty good list to start with.