Paul Rogat Loeb
Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times
Soul of a Citizen awakens within us the desire and the ability to make our voices heard and our actions count. We can lead lives worthy of our convictions.
A book of inspiration and integrity, Soul of a Citizen is an antidote to the twin scourges of modern life–powerlessness and cynicism. In his evocative style, Paul Loeb tells moving stories of ordinary Americans who have found unexpected fulfillment in social involvement. Through their example and Loeb’s own wise and powerful lessons, we are compelled to move from passivity to participation. The reward of our action, we learn, is nothing less than a sense of connection and purpose not found in a purely personal life.
Soul of a Citizen has become the handbook for budding social activists, veteran organizers, and anybody who wants to make a change―big or small―in the world around them. At this critical historical time, Paul Loeb’s completely revised edition―and inspiring message―is more urgently important than ever.
Paul Rogat Loeb, (AUTHOR) Paul Rogat Loeb has spent thirty-five years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment–asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment, while others abstain, and exploring how to find the hope to stay engaged despite all the frustrations and barriers. Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Challenging Times has over 100,000 copies in print. Loeb is also the author of The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear, Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy & Action on the American Campus and Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. An Affiliate Scholar at Seattle’s Center for Ethical Leadership, he’s written for the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Psychology Today, Utne Reader, Mother Jones, The Nation, and more. He’s been interviewed on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, NBC news, CBC, and the BBC, and lectured at 400 colleges and created and ran Campus Compact’s 2008 Campus Election Engagement Project, which helped colleges and universities in 15 states engage their students in the election.
Paul Rogat Loeb’s website: www.paulloeb.org