Keith gets to the heart of what it means to be a true activist. Those dedicated to changing this world, regardless of whether they have a faith or not, will find wisdom here. For all who want to be part of a better world, but have been close to giving up, these distilled thoughts will surely help to re-enchant your faith in activism.
Keith Hebden is part of a long and rich tradition of radical Christian clergy whose faith and cold anger drive them to act and thereby seek to challenge the principalities and the powers. In his thoughtful new book Re-enchanting the Activist he records his actions, the stories of others and the lessons learned on this journey. This story starts with the lone but 'enchanted' activist but progresses to the activist as teacher, mentor and team player as the quest - seeing the development of people 'in the right relationships' working for justice together. Keith is a great storyteller. His book is full of advice for readers who seek to act not out of anger or hatred but out of love and a deep spirituality. 'Re-enchantment', the book argues, comes from following the African proverb - 'if you want to go fast - go alone, but if you want to go far - go with others!'
Keith Hebden's book is a clear and inspiring call to getting involved and engagement, it deserves to be read and valued by those of all faiths. A rallying call to direct and transformative spiritual action.
Seeing the painful reality of life can lead to 'burn-out' in activists. Keith shows how our faith communities and teachings can help us cope. I love his exploration of 'God of the Gaps' and the power of storytelling. He uses personal stories, stories from various faiths, shares helpful practices and challenges both our own limitations and 'status quo' religion.
This is a heart-warmingly compassionate exploration of activism with soul, full of wisdom drawn from real-life experience, expressed with disarming humility and humour. Keith Hebden's book offers accessible support and companionship for those seeking to deepen the spirituality of their peace and justice engagement - may the re-enchantment begin!