Moral Leadership for a Divided Age

Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World

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David P. Gushee, Colin Holtz
  • Ada, MI: 
    Brazos Press
    , October
     384 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Shaun Joynt forthcoming.


We can't help but be inspired by great leaders--those who led lives of moral purpose and in some way left the world a different and better place. Great moral leaders inspire, challenge, and unite us. In the midst of our increasingly divided age, examining remarkable leaders can help us understand the central qualities of moral leadership and discover lessons for our own lives and times.

Moral Leadership for a Divided Age explores the lives of fourteen great moral leaders of recent centuries. Short biographies of each leader combine with a tour of their historical context, unique faith, and lasting legacy to paint a vivid picture of moral leadership in action. Through skillful storytelling and honest appraisals of their legacies, we encounter exemplary human beings who are flawed in some ways, gifted in others, but unforgettable all the same.

1. William Wilberforce 1759-1833
2. Abraham Lincoln 1809-65
3. Florence Nightingale 1820-1910
4. Harriet Tubman 1822?-1913
5. Ida B. Wells-Barnett 1862-1931
6. Mohandas Gandhi 1869-1948
7. Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-45
8. Mother Teresa 1910-97
9. Oscar Romero 1917-80
10. Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
11. John Paul II 1920-2005
12. Elie Wiesel 1928-2016
13. Martin Luther King Jr. 1929-68
14. Malala Yousafzai 1997-

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David P. Gushee (PhD, Union Theological Seminary), a leading public Christian voice on ethical issues of our day, is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of twenty-two books; has served as a columnist for Religion News Service, Christianity Today, and HuffPost; and has been featured on Krista Tippett's NPR program On Being. Gushee serves as president of the American Academy of Religion and is immediate past president of the Society of Christian Ethics.

Colin Holtz is a writer and strategist at the intersection of church and world, is a ten-year veteran of issue advocacy and political campaigns. His writing has been published in the Guardian and HuffPost. He has led national campaigns on education debt and financial regulation, worked with CNN's Crossfire, and served as a senior adviser to Faithful America. He will receive his Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in 2019.



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