Soul of a citizen: living with conviction in challenging times

By: Paul Rogat Loeb

  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN Number: 978-0-312-59537-1
  • Publish Date: 2010

“Each year in my Citizen Advocacy and Social Movements class, students are looking for reasons to believe change is possible, that activism is worth the effort, and that ‘ordinary people’ like themselves can make a difference. I give copies of Soul to every new student entering our program and it opens their hearts and minds as no other that I’ve ever used before. They love the stories you tell, how you name the obstacles to leading committed lives, and how you describe the personal growth and excitement that comes from taking action as engaged citizens. A number have called your book ‘life changing’”
– Steve Chase, Department of Environmental Studies, Antioch New England Graduate School

“Brims with stirring stories of everyday heroes who saw something wrong, heeded the voice of their conscience, gathered support and, acting in concert with others, changed things and made a difference.”
– Philadelphia Inquirer

“[Describing] ordinary people who became activists, Loeb examines the stumbling blocks—perceived powerlessness, cynicism, burnout—that keep most Americans from participating in the public sphere, as well as the rewards of following a different path.”

Soul of a Citizen website