A Community Organizer's Tale: People and Power in San Francisco
Mike Miller,   Heydaybooks  2009

Activism that Makes Sense: Congregations and Community Organizations
Gregory Pierce  ATLA publications

After America's Midlife Crisis
Michael Gecan  MIT Press, 2009

Better Together: Restoring the American Community
Robert Putnam and Lewis M. Feldstein     Simon and Schuster, 2003

 The Body Trumps the Brain: Mulling About Acting in the World-as-it-is
Edward T. Chambers  Acta Publications, 2008

Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx
Heidi B. Neumark     Beacon Press, 2003  
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Building a People of Power: Equipping Churches to Transform Their
Robert C. Linthicum   Authentic Books, 2006

*Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating
Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World
Michael Jacoby Brown    Long Haul Press, 2007

Change Philanthropy: Candid Stories of Foundations Maximizing Results through
Social Justice
Alicia Epstein Korten  Center for Community Change Marjorie Fine, Project
Chardon Press Series of Jossey Bass, 2009

Cold Anger: A Story of Faith and Power Politics
Mary Beth Rogers     University of North Texas Press, 1990

Community Organizing and Development, New Edition
Herbert Rubin and Irene Rubin.  Allyn and Bacon, 2007

Community Organizing for School Reform
Dennis Shirley     University of Texas Press, 1997

Cultural Dilemmas of Progressive Politics: Styles of Engagement among
Grassroots Activists  
Stephen Hart     University of Chicago Press, 2001

Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing
Dennis A. Jacobsen     Augsburg Fortress Press, 2003

Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy
Mark Warren     Princeton University Press, 2001

Effective Organizing for Congregational Renewal
Michael Gecan, Metro Industrial Areas Foundation  Acta Publications, 2008

Faith in Action: Religion, Race, and Democratic Organizing in America
Richard L. Wood     University of Chicago Press, 2002

Faith-Based Organizing and the Struggle for Justice
Richard L. Wood in Handbook of the Sociology of Religion, Michele Dillon, ed.
Cambridge University Press, 2003

Funding Justice: The Legacy of the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program
Warren Ross     Skinner House, 2005

Gathering Power: The Future of Progressive Politics in America
Paul Osterman     Beacon Press, 2003

. Going Public: An Inside Story of Disrupting Politics as Usual
Michael Gecan     Beacon Press, 2002

The Impossible will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of
Paul Rogat Loeb (ed.)  Basic Books, 2004

. Religion as Social Capital: Producing the Common Good
edited by Corwin Smidt     Baylor University Press, 2003

. Roots for Radicals: Organizing for Power, Action, and Justice
Edward Chambers     Continuum Press, 2003

Rules for Radicals and Reveille for Radicals
Saul Alinsky     Vintage Press  (the classic from 1946)

Setting the States Agenda: Church-Based Community Organizations in
American Urban Politics"
Heidi J. Swarts  in States, Parties, and Social Movements, Jack A. Goldstone, ed.  
Cambridge University Press, 2003

Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time
Paul Rogat Loeb   St. Martin's Griffin Press, 1999

Stoking the Fire of Democracy: Our generation's introduction to grassroots
Stephen Noble Smith  Acta Publications, 2009

Transforming Power: Biblical Strategies for Making a Difference in Your
Robert Linthicum    Intervarsity Press, 2003

Transforming the City: Community Organizing & the Challenge of Political
Edited by Marion Orr  University Press of Kansas, 2007

We Make Change: Community Organizers Talk about What they Do and Why
Kristen Layng Szakos and Joe Szakos.  Vanderbilt Press, 2007  
Organizing Bookshelf

Beyond Advocacy: The History and Vision of PICO Network"
Gordon Whitman  
 Social Policy  (Winter 2006-2007)

Building Social Capital in Rochester: The Skipper Initiative"
Diane L. Jones and Paul Speer.  Available from Interfaith Action.  Nov. 2005

Building Democracy: Faith-Based Community Organization Today
Mark Warren   
Shelterforce, Jan/Feb. 2001

"Community Organizing: A Quiet Revolution" Religion Link (Especially for Reporters)

Emboldened and Empowered"  Rev. Susan Engh  Lutheran Woman Today, March 2009

Family, Church, and Neighborhood: Latinos of faith exercising collective power to improve
daily life"
Timothy Matovina.     
The Witness Magazine, May 2002 thewitness.

Faith-Based Community Organizing; A Unique Social Justice Approach to Revitalizing
Synagogue Life"
Julie Chizewer Weill and Lee Winkelman.

Organizing Like Jesus: The Politics of Faith-Based Community Organizing
Shayna Storm  
The Next American City (Issue 3, October 2003)

"Organizing for Democratic Renewal"
Marshall Ganz  

"Why Organize? Problems and Promise in the Inner City"
Sen. Barak Obama in After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois.
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A Community Organizer's Tale: People and
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Stoking the Fires of Democracy: Our
generation's intro to grassroots organizing
by Stephen Noble Smith

We Make Change:
Community Organizers Talk About What They
Do and Why
By Joe Szakos &
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