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.