Featured–Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists by Courtney E. Martin

Courtney E. Martin’s Do It Anyway (Beacon, 2010) is completely engrossing. In it, Martin tells the stories of eight young adults (and some of her own) and their efforts to make the world a better place. Each section is about 25 pages, but again, engrossing, so it’s a pretty quick read. It’s inspiring and thought-provoking. A good read for any activist wannabes, especially us young adults.

Go to the book’s website to watch video clips from Martin and the other activists.

You can also click on the “Discuss” page on the website for some great questions and exercises for further individual or group exploration.

The introduction was what hooked me. You can read the introduction here.

On a personal note: As I was checking the new arrivals section of our local library, I just happened upon this book. Or maybe it found me. As I read about the experiences, thoughts, struggles, etc. of these young adults, I found myself going, “yeah, I totally get that!”

It can be lonely at times. The burden of care and responsibility can be crushing. Dwelling with the world, seeking to know–rather than choosing not to know–it can be overwhelming. So many ways to help, but where to start? What’s most pressing? Where/how am I most useful? Reading this book has offered me some hope and some insights from more veteran trouble/peace makers. Even when you don’t know all the answers, even when you mess up, even when you wonder if you’re really making a difference, do it anyway.

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2 responses to “Featured–Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists by Courtney E. Martin

  1. Hi guys – great blog! I absolutely love the last line of this post. 🙂

    • Thanks, Leanne!
      The last line is one of the main points in the book. It’s such a good book. And I love that it’s very accessible in terms of readability. Not everyone likes reading, or has the time, but this one is worth both the effort and the time. I also like that she interviewed and witnessed each of these activists in action; doing their own thing, it their own way. I respect the honesty and the integrity of her journalistic style as represented in the book.

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