Book tells how to empower less fortunate communities
Set in Newark, the book is inspired by the author's founding of New Community Corporation, which has played an invaluable role in the lives of countless Newark residents. The corporation has been responsible for providing housing, access to affordable higher education, job training, employment, early education, health care and more.
"It gives the reader personal insight into what it takes to bring forth change. It's not about money, rather the reader will discover it's about love and commitment. Those were the seeds sown that changed despair into a new community," the author explains about the book.
A particular passage from the book:
At the age of 27, I had never set foot in Newark until the day I received my pastoral assignment. I had no idea what to expect. But because I believed in God's Providence, it resonated in me that Queen of Angels was where I was supposed to be.
Linder believes that with a vision, patience, passion and persistence anything is possible in life. "Hope is the most spontaneous prayer that exists and when the residents of Newark's Central Ward were imbued with hope and encouragement, they were empowered to build a new community for themselves," he adds.
"Out of the Ashes Came Hope"
By Monsignor William J. Linder
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 216 pages | ISBN 9781480836839
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 216 pages | ISBN 9781480836846
E-Book | 216 pages | ISBN 9781480836853
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About the Author
Monsignor William J. Linder retired from active ministry in the priesthood in Newark in 2012 after serving residents there for over 50 years. He holds a master's degree and doctorate in sociology from Fordham University. He is a renowned expert in the field of economic and community development. His mission is to help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement. He is also the author of "An Alternative Community Development Model in Religious Context" and "Neighborhood Development in Context" with Dr. Gerald Shattuck.
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