Here are the books, my best thoughts…..so far.
It’s really all this one, The Barefoot Guide to Mobilizing Religious Health Assets, the free one. Jim Cochrane and his son Tebo adapted from the academic tome, Religion and the Health of the Public. If you’re an academic or a student using footnotes, use that one below. If you are a normal person, download this one for free. This is a gorgeously illustrated presentation of the basic theory components to the body of thought leaders need to grasp in order to engage their complex human systems. Barefoot Guide to Religious Health Assets (and it really is free)
Deeply Woven Roots, the first book I wrote in 1997 is still, frankly, the best (Thank you Michael West of Fortress for editing). It lays out a model of congregational strengths relevant for the health of the community. Turns out to be relevant in lots of communities and many kinds of things that congregate, so it is used here and there around the world in places I would not have imagined. Deeply Woven Roots (on Amazon)
Boundary Leaders, also by Fortress, is the first version of a leadership model that is still emerging. This model is at the heart of the Institute for Public Health and Faith Collaborations that we developed at Emory in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and focuses a lot on leadership in complex communities dealing with racial-linked disparities. Stay tuned for the next version, but this is pretty good till then. Boundary Leaders (on Amazon)
Religion and the Health of the Public, with Jim Cochrane, is the smartest book I’ve every helped write. And this one certainly has the most footnotes of any! This is Jim and my best effort to lay out the theoretical unpinning of a new paradigm of faith and health on which to ground transformational practice so that we can be deeply accountable. It is slightly more expensive than the others, but the per-footnote price is extremely reasonable. Religion and the Health of the Public