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Masters in Applied Social Justice Suggested Reading Lists

(√ = helpful, √√ =  important, √√√ = essential)

√√ Unearthing Seeds of Fire: The Idea of Highlander by Frank Adams (1975)

√√ Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability by Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, & Steve Zimmerman (2010)

√ Financial Leadership for Nonprofit Executives: Guiding Your Organization to Long-Term Success by Jeanne Bell & Elizabeth Schaffer (2005)

√√√ Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know by David Bornstein & Susan Davis (2010)

√√√ Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide To Creating Groups That Can Solve Problems and Change the World by Michael Jacoby Brown (2007)

√√√ Unexpected News: Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes by Robert McAfee Brown (1984)

√√ Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations: A Guide to Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational Achievement by John M. Bryson (2011)

Creating Your Strategic Plan: A Workbook for Public and Nonprofit Organizations by John M. Bryson & Farnum K. Alston (2011)

√√ The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne (2006)

Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? by Shane Claiborne & Tony Campolo (2012)

√√ When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert (2012)

√√√ Managing the Nonprofit Organization by Peter F. Drucker (2006)

√ Social Entrepreneurship for Dummies by Mark Durieux & Robert Stebbins (2010)

√√ Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change edited by Stephen Fisher (1993)

√√ Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia edited by Stephen L. Fisher & Barbara Ellen Smith (2012)

√√ Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 30th Anniversary Edition by Paulo Freire (2000)

√√√ Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals by Darian Rodriguez Heyman (2011)

√√ It Comes From the People: Community Development and Local Theology by Mary Hinsdale, Helen Lewis, & Maxine Waller (1995)

√√√ The One Page Business Plan for Non-Profit Organizations by James T. Horan Jr. (2007)

√√√ The Long Haul: An Autobiography by Myles Horton, Judith and Herbert Kohl (1997)

 √√√ Nonprofit Kit for Dummies by Stan Hutton & Frances Phillips (3rd ed 2009)

√√ Grant Writing 101: Everything You Need to Start Raising Funds Today by Victoria Johnson (2010)

Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing by Dennis A. Jacobsen (2001)

The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers and Grant Givers Share Their Secrets by Ellen Karsh & Arlen Sue Fox (3rd ed 2009)

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (Reprint ed 2010)

Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence by David A. Livermore (2006)

 √ Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor by Robert D. Lupton (2007)

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It) by Robert D. Lupton (2012)

Biblical Ethics and Social Change by Stephen Mott (2011)

√√ Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie (reprint 2012) (#1 NYT Best Seller)

√√√ Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide by Peri Pakroo J.D. (2011)

√√ Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development by John M. Perkins (1993)

√√ Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together and Doing It Right by John M. Perkins (1996)

√√√ With Justice for All: A Strategy for Community Development by John M. Perkins (2011)

Follow Me to Freedom: Leading As an Ordinary Radical by John Perkins & Shane Claiborne (2009)

Social Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice by Ryszard Praszkier & Andrzej Nowak (2011)

√√ Community Organizing and Development by Herbert J. Rubin & Irene S. Rubin (4th ed 2007)

√√√ The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook: How to Start, Build, and Run a Business That Improves the World by Rupert Scofield (2011)

√√√ Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity by Ronald J. Sider (2005)

Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing by Lee Staples (2nd ed 2004)

The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World by Richard Stearns (2010)

Beyond Cheap Grace: A Call to Radical Discipleship, Incarnation, and Justice by Eldin Villafane (2006)

Faith Works: How Faith-Based Organizations are Changing Lives, Neighborhoods and America by Jim Wallis (2001)

√√ The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder (2nd ed 1994)

Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs by Muhammad Yunus (2010)

Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus (2009)

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