When we start with the wrong question, no matter how good an answer we get, it won't give us the result we want. Rather than asking, 'When will this economic crisis be over?' Jim Wallis says the right question to ask is 'How will this crisis change us?'. The worst thing we can do now, Wallis tells us, is to go back to normal. Normal is what got us into this situation. We need a new normal, and now, in the midst of a crisis affecting every part of society, is the time to discover it. These are some of the principles Wallis suggests we should consider-Spending money we don't have on things we don't need is a bad foundation for an economy or a family
-It's time to stop keeping up with the Joneses and start making sure the Joneses are okay
-The values of adverts and billboards are not the things we want to teach our children
-Caring for the poor is not just a moral duty but is critical for the common good
-A healthy society is a balanced society in which markets, the government, and our communities all play a role
-The operating principle of God's economy says that there is enough if we share itIn REDISCOVERING VALUES, Wallis equips us with a new moral compass for the future - one that draws on some of our oldest and best values and one that will guide us in the City, our towns and our neighbourhoods.
Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, renowned speaker and preacher, public theologian, and international commentator on life, faith and politics. He has written eight books, including God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, The Great Awakening and The Call to Conversion.
Jim Wallis argues persuasively that the financial crisis is also a moral crisis. A vivid storyteller and prophetic voice, he shows how the worship of markets has led us astray - and how repairing the economy requires a moral awakening and a new commitment to the common good. This wise and hopeful nook points us toward a new economy and a more spiritually satisfying public life.
Michael J. Sandel, Professor of Government at Harvard University
As readable as it is challenging, this book shows us all how to build a moral recovery that is good for the family, the nation and the world.
Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).