Endorsements & Reviews-
"In Live Like You Give a Damn! [Sine] lifts up a new generation of activists and social entrepreneurs doing world-changing work all over the globe."
--Jim Wallis, Editor, Sojourners
"An enlightened look at how Millennials are shaping the future for the better, and an invitation to join with him in joining them."
--Romanita Hairston, Vice President, World Vision
"This book, his most hopeful and personal, is a real gift to the church."
--Mark Scandrette, Author; Founder of Reimagine
"Tom Sine's new book invites you to see another version of Christianity, and it is all about bringing heaven to earth."
--Shane Claiborne, Author; Member of The Simple Way
"Sine has written a compelling book filled with stories and portraits of hope at a time filled with cynicism, hatred, and negativity. . . . Inspiring and challenging!"
--Noel Castellanos, CEO and President, CCDA
"Be inspired. Join the movement. Live like you give a damn!"
--Rebecca Summer, Pastor, Our Common Table, Everett, WA
"I am glad to commend this exposition that exhibits quite concretely ways to revision, reimagine, and reperform the gospel. Such fresh, imaginative engagement will surely yield a 'well done' from the Lord of the church who makes all things new."
--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Tom Sine has been engaged in the struggle for social justice for many years. In Live Like You Give a Damn he lifts up the new generation of activists and social entrepreneurs who are taking the baton from his generation and doing wonderful, necessary, and world-changing work all over the globe. The justice challenges of our time demand an unprecedented response from Christians and all those of faith and conscience, and the witness of millennial activists in response to this challenge, fills me with the same hope for a better future that Tom articulates so well in this book."
--Jim Wallis, New York Times bestselling author of America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America; President of Sojourners, and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine.
"Tom Sine's incisive curiosity about how the greater good can be realized in our time is contagious. This book, his most hopeful and personal, is a real gift to the church and emerging generations. For the sake of the poor, the planet, and the future of our neighborhoods and cities, let's join Tom and live like we give a damn."
--Mark Scandrette, Founder of Reimagine, Author of FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most
"Above all this is a book about hope and imagination. Tom weaves together ideas, dreams and stories of people and communities who are changing the world one community at a time. And it's infectious. You find yourself wanting to meet with friends over a meal and start sparking ideas talking about what you can do together in your own locale to make a better world. It's refreshing that Tom resists collapsing life solely into a church sphere and focuses rather on change in the world through social enterprise and community endeavors. It's then that church begins to make sense reimagined as a community in mission participating with God and the community around towards its healing. And of course, given Tom's previous love of Jesus' parable, it's still one mustard seed at a time!"
--Jonny Baker, Church Mission Society Director of Mission Education, Anglican Church UK
"At a time when the church is falling short in bringing Good News to those who need it most, Sine observes that there is a blossoming movement among Millennial entrepreneurs to facilitate social change and community renewal. I encourage church leaders of all stripes to read the stories of changemakers in Sine's book and ask themselves how they can foster this kind of energy and social transformation in their own congregations and communities."
--Sarah Withrow King, Deputy Director, Evangelicals for Social Action at the Sider Center of Eastern University
"In his new book, Live Like You Give a Damn!, join the Changemaking Celebration. Tom Sine has written a compelling book filled with stories and portraits of hope at a time filled with cynicism, hatred, and negativity. Instead of focusing on the evil in the world, he introduces us to people and places where love, justice, and an audacity to try what others are afraid to imagine become the catalyst for changemaking for the benefit of others. Inspiring and challenging!"
--Noel Castellanos, CEO and President, CCDA
"Live Like You Give a Damn! is one of the best snapshots of Millennials in action today. It captures the optimism and determination of the young men and women actively working to change the world. His enthusiasm and hopefulness for what God is doing through the next generation is contagious and inspiring. Live Like You Give a Damn! is a much needed addition to the ongoing conversation of community renewal and social innovation."
--Amanda Allen, PhD student in Intercultural Studies with a concentration in Development, Asbury Theological Seminary
"With every fiber of his body, Tom Sine is compelled to look up and out towards the new horizon and report to us what he has seen. Live Like You Give a Damn! rouses us to join the movement of a generation of global social entrepreneurs who are changing the world with creative solutions to complex problems. At the heart of this book you can hear his desire that we see what he has seen, a social and cultural revolution arising from the fragmentation of our times, propelled by human creativity and energized by the compassionate love of Jesus. This is a book for our times and a guiding light to our future."
--J. Derek McNeil, Academic Dean, Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
"Futurist Tom Sine gives us a whirlwind tour of changemakers (including many Gen Y & Z's) who are creatively engaging in the opportunities and challenges we face in our collective economic, political, social, and environmental lives. This book will animate your imagination and help you innovatively live into God's future. Read it with your team, reflect together, and find your life by living it for the sake of others!"
--JR Woodward, National Director, V3 Church Planting Movement; Co-author, The Church as Movement
"Tom Sine takes us on a journey that moves at dizzying speed through time and many places. In doing so he brings to the surface some of the amazing changemaking that is flowing from the creativity and energy of Millennials, and the new possibilities opening up through rapid technological change. He highlights the power of social enterprise as an arena for the playing out of God's plan for a just and renewed world. This is an exciting and energizing ride that I am sure will help many people in realizing their own potential in a world of disruption and dazzling change."
--Tim Costello, Chief Executive,World Vision Australia
"From Cambodia to Nigeria, Australia to Canada, Portland to New York, young adults are founding businesses and organizations that blur easy but false distinctions between work and charity, profit and empowerment. These young social entrepreneurs are not waiting for the church to do wrap up theological and doctrinal battles; they are waiting for the church to join them and do something. While the Pew Research reports that Millennials make up an increasing portion of religious 'nones,' Sine illustrates through countless stories that they are far from 'dones' when it come to Jesus-like engagement and Kingdom-oriented visions of society. Sine provides crucial guideposts for the journey of changemaking that he has learned from these young leaders: ignite imagination, anticipate opportunities, choose with purpose, and empower others. Shane Claiborne, Author of The Irresistible RevolutionLive Like You Give a Damn! is indispensible reading for anyone weary or leery of capitulating to the bankrupt narratives of blame, greed, and excess. Highly readable, inspiring, and motivating, this book is ideal for individuals, small groups, Sunday School classes, and college and seminary students."
--Andy Brubacher Kaethler, Assistant Professor of Christian Formation and Culture; Director, Center for Faith Formation and Culture, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
"For too long, Christians have used our faith as a ticket into heaven, and ignored the world around us. We've promised people life after death, while many folks are asking if there's life before death. At times we've been so heavenly-minded that we haven't been much help here on earth. Tom Sine's new book invites you to see another version of Christianity, and it is all about bringing heaven to earth. Let this book inspire you to do something with your life that leaves off the fragrance of Jesus and moves the world closer to God's dream for it."
--Shane Claiborne, Author of The Irresistible Revolution and Executing Grace; Member of the Simple Way
"I first encountered Tom Sine more than thirty years ago in Toronto. He won't remember the lively conversation I had with him after he'd talked about The Mustard Seed Conspiracy, but I knew I'd met a man filled with a passion for the way of Jesus and eager to invite others onto that journey. Over all these years Tom has been imagining and re-imagining all that is involved in following a radical Jesus in the midst of massively transformative, confusing times. Live Like You Give a Damn! continues that journey. It is a passionate invitation to awaken, not just to the crises of our time or the anemic life of cultural Protestantism, but to see what the Spirit is gestating and dare to join the Jesus movement today."
--Alan Roxburgh, Missional Network
"Tom Sine's new book is a great introduction to his life-long message of making change and seizing opportunities. It's as fresh and inspiring in 2016 as The Mustard Seed Conspiracy was in 1981."
--Brian McLaren, Author; Speaker; Activist
"Live like you Give a Damn! is Tom Sine at his best . . . and it's a must-read. With the wisdom and clarity of a hopeful prophet Tom insightfully reads the signs of our times--some of which should sound alarms in us--yet all the while points to the new wine of the Spirit. This book is an invitation of God through real stories of fresh expressions borne of radical disciples of Jesus. This book is a study resource for colleges, seminaries, and congregations to enable us all to more fully put God's compassionate purposes first in our lives, communities, and congregations."
--Dwight J. Friesen, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology; Co-Author, The New Parish, Routes and Radishes; Author, Thy Kingdom Connected
"This imaginative and prophetic invitation to envision a church that exists for the sake of others is an urgent call for pastors, students, and practitioners who are tired of status quo Christianity. Sine captures the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Millennials and everyday people who are committed to a mustard seed kingdom and an experience of 'the good life' that is not captive to comfort, self-interest, and fear. For many years, I've appreciated Sine's passion for social change and his deep conviction that the future has a church. May we listen intently--even amidst disorientation--as we long for that future together."
--David Leong, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Missiology,Seattle Pacific University and Seminary
"Hopeful, timely, practical, and sincere are a few words to describe Live Like You Give A Damn! Sine invites the reader to explore the world-changing practices that will create our better future. The reader can journey alongside him as he urges us to join the change making celebration. It is an enlightened look at how Millennials are shaping the future for the better, and an invitation to join with him in joining them. A true opportunity to expand our vision of the future's church!"
--Romanita Hairston, Vice President, U.S. Programs, Transformational Engagement, World Vision
"Tom Sine makes my head whirl. Just when I think I could maybe settle down a bit, he comes along and turns me upside down--in a thoroughly good way! Tom combines research, personal experience, a wise head, and a passionate heart to call us to be innovators and entrepreneurs and so to change the way things are, both within and without the Church."
--Ruth Valerio, Churches and Theology Director, A Rocha UK; Author of L is for Lifestyle: Christian Living that Doesn't Cost the Earth, and, Just Living: Faith and Community in an Age of Consumerism
"Everyone should read this book. Young changemakers looking to remember that we are not alone in this work. Those who are wondering what the future might possibly hold for church and for those following the Jesus way. Older generations who are struggling to understand new generations and new movements both in and outside of the church. Live Like You Give A Damn! is Tom's ongoing work to empower Generations Y and Z. Read this book. Be inspired. Join the movement. Live like you give a damn."
--Rebecca Sumner, Lead Pastor, Our Common Table, Everett, WA
"Tom Sine has crafted a hopeful and powerful tour of what God is doing through people who are breaking new ground and taking big risks. What Tom does so well is uncover and shine a blazing light on the innovative ways people are engaging their local places. It's filled with spicy descriptions and prescriptions of changemaking. You will be passionately stirred to dream big dreams and live like you give a damn!"
--Dan White Jr., Co-founder of the Praxis Gathering; Author of Subterranean: Why the Future of the Church is Rootedness
"Warning: don't read this book unless you're ready to hear not only the call to change the world, but also real ways to do it. Tom Sine looks at today's innovators among the under-35s, who lead the way in social entrepreneurship and community empowerment--the two streams of God's new changemaking revolution. The call here is to join young social innovators, many of whom are beyond the church, to take a real, practical, and exciting part in God's transforming mission."
--Al Tizon, Executive Minister of Serve Globally, Evangelical Covenant Church
"So many of us know that the church is in desperate need of change. We need to regain our imaginations and bring dreams into reality. We need brave changemakers who are willing not only to shake the status quo, but be part of cultivating a better reflection of the Kingdom of God, here and now. I am thrilled to have material to pass on to other dreamers, collaborators, changemakers, and bridge-builders that will inspire, challenge, and encourage. We need this kind of hope."
--Kathy Escobar, MA, Co-Pastor of The Refuge; Author, Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart
"Live Like You Give a Damn! tantalizes the imagination and ushers people into a world of possibility. Tom turns our attentions to Millennials and social changemaking. This book is eminently readable, overflowing with practical examples of change that cut across the broad spectrum of Christianity, and positioned to draw the reader into a world of hope: fed by Scriptures and lived by the church. A must-read!"
--Gregg A. Okesson, Ph.D.; Dean, E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism, Associate Professor of Leadership and Development, Asbury Theological Seminary
"One of my beloved colleagues recently made this statement, 'Our church is set up to make a point but not a difference.' Such a truth has not resonated with me so deeply in a long time. Tom Sine has, in this book, begun building the bridge between making the point, and making the difference. I am grateful for it and after reading it I want to say, 'Let's be church like we give a damn!'"
--Greg Rickel, Bishop, Diocese of Olympia
"'The alarm is going off--all over the planet,' Tom Sine announces. We no longer have the luxury of living our lives, raising our young, operating our businesses, and leading our churches as though the context in which we live is stable and predictable. It's not. If you're put off by the title, then maybe you need his message most. He's intent, not on condemning the church, but awakening it to the call to the creative changemaking celebration as we live our lives and like churches for what matters most, by giving Christ a chance to express his hope through us."
--Richard Dahlstrom, Author, Colors of Hope; Pastor, Bethany Community Church, Seattle
"Tom Sine has lifted the fog and gives us a glimpse of the future awaiting us. It invites imagination. His message is directed especially, but not exclusively, to a younger generation of social entrepreneurs who are creating new ways to make a difference. They have the compassion and creativity to bring about the needed changes in our communities. The good news is that we can join them if we are ready to put God's changemaking purposes more fully at the center of our own lives and churches. Sine's message is grounded in an insightful reading of scripture and is richly illustrated with examples of changed lives and communities."
--Edgar Stoesz, Author, Doing Good Better; Former Director of Overseas Outreach for the Mennonite Central Committee; Former Chairman of the Board, Habitat for Humanity
"Tom Sine's incisive analysis has long helped us understand the challenges to be faced in the future by both the church and the wider community. In this book, he takes us one step further, reminding us to recognize the seeds of hope--practical responses which enable us to recognize new possibilities by joining young changemakers so we too can become more a part of God's solution. Tom invites us all to imagine and create innovative ways to engage that change in ways that reflects God's loving purposes for a people and a world."
--Gary Heard, Minister, The Eighth Day Baptist Community; Dean, Whitley College Theological School, The University of Divinity, Australia
"Social innovators and other changemakers are bringing the future to us in remarkable, powerful ways. Tom Sine serves here as a wonderful, insightful tour guide into this new world. He wants Christians to become part of the changemaking celebration. An inspiring book. I hope it reaches a wide audience!"
--L. Gregory Jones, Williams Professor of Theology and Ministry, Duke Divinity School
"Tom Sine's latest book is an invitation to learn from a life-long, incredibly curious, insightful, and hopeful student of the possible. Tom draws on a range of influencers-- from middle school-aged youth to East African food entrepreneurs, to diverse theologians to internet activists, in laying out his case that in the midst of political sideshows and soaring costs of living, there are signs of hope that should inspire us all to get up, get dirty, and live like we give a damn."
--Brian Howe, Founder and Member of the Board of IMPACT Hub Seattle
"Live Like You Give A Damn!, is unlike any other Christian reading I have picked up and it is the perfect time for you to read it. In this book, Tom addresses the issues within the church today and gives tangible ways to solve them. He examines the why's and how's and he challenges all of us to be changemakers for a better tomorrow. As a Millennial, I am already finding ways to carry out the lessons I learned in planning to create social enterprises and my current efforts through H.O.P.E to empower those at the margins."
--Jensen Roll, Age 22, Founder, H.O.P.E. - Helping Other People Eat; Degree in Social Entrepreneurship, Elon University, 2016
"Tom's book motivates me to encourage upcoming generations as they lead us into creating a better world. He's spread a savory feast of stories about social enterprise and innovation for us to sample, effectively making the case that God is using the dreams and visions of "Generation Next" to stir the church to action. He has given us a great gift in his decision to follow and support young people, and in this compelling invitation to join him."
--Sundee T. Frazier, Coretta Scott King New Talent Award-winning author for children, including Cleo Edison Oliver books (about a 10-year-old entrepreneur)
"Tom Sine's new book sparks the imagination and gives us all permission to move beyond the pew and the comfy chair into positive action for God's Kingdom. Rather than feeling behind or left out of this fast-paced crazy world, Tom helps us see how we can learn from, and partner with, Millennials to help others and our world. It's time for us to dream big and get out there again, loving and practically serving our neighbors and the world."
--Lilly Lewin, Author, Sacred Space; Worship Curator; Founder, ThinplaceNashville and @freerangeworship.com
"Tom has consistently spoken to the heart of the narrative issues of our time. Our fundamental values and life decisions have been narrowed by the dreams of our culture. Frequently we run out of steam to live the life of kingdom purposes of God that we long for. Too often we have separated our spiritual selves from our work and the public good. This book renews focus and ignites thinking, dreaming, and longing for what could be. If, like me, you are wanting to not waste the precious years you have, this is the book to read and discuss in your church."
--Matt Aroney, Assistant Minister, Newtown Erskineville Anglican Church, Australia; I work with young adults preparing them to serve in the church and the world.