I’ve got some exciting news to share. The release date for my new book, You Are Changing the World Whether You Like It Or Not, has been set! It will be out in bookstores on July 25, 2023, less than three months from now. Foreword by Brian McLaren.
What’s more, you can now pre-order a copy (or a bunch of them)!
This book is a new expanded edition of my book, Worldchanging 101:Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness (recently gone out of print). This new edition has over 25% new material, and I’m excited to continue an important conversation about how large-scale change happens, and your role within it.
And the book cover is now public, too! Scroll down to check it out…
But first, here’s what some other folks are saying about the book:
“I’ve read this book twice now, and here’s what I can tell you: it’s the kind of book that you’ll want to keep and reread because it rings so true and touches you so deeply.”
— Brian McLaren, author of Faith After Doubt
David LaMotte’s book, You Are Changing The World, is beautifully and sincerely written from the perspective of an artist in the movement for love and justice LaMotte captures the rhythm and artistry that exist in efforts to change the world for the better.
— Bishop William J. Barber, II, President, Repairers of the Breach, Co-chair, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
The need for the wisdom, courage, and solid advice that I find in this book was the very reason I founded the Center over 35 years ago. David LaMotte is a very good partner in this important work, both for our world and for the human soul.
— Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation
“This book serves as an antidote to the hopelessness so many of us feel about our world today. LaMotte demonstrates that hope is not naive optimism, but a determination to help build a better world. Through his many examples of communities of ordinary people who are demonstrating that disparate people with differing opinions can live in harmony, LaMotte encourages us to find our own way out of cynicism and despair.”
— Kathleen Norris, author of Embracing a Life of Meaning
David brings his gifts of experience as an artist, songwriter, all around creative and experienced activist into a work that is much more than a manual for world-changers. This book is pure gift. A pure gift of [en]couragement. It infuses you with the courage to first be that new world we are laboring to manifest.
— Anthony Smith, co-founder, Transform Network
David LaMotte is a gifted storyteller. Through stories of his own lived experience in spaces across the world, he reminds us to keep re-imagining the ways that we as faith leaders, activists, organizers, artists and other change agents do the work to which we are called. I look forward to using this book in my own work for equity and justice.
— Tami Forte Logan, founding director of Faith 4 Justice Asheville
As one of my closest friends, David LaMotte has helped me with a thousand things. But in this book, he can help all of us rethink our misconceptions about how change happens, and the role each of us can play in it. Miracles happen, but they may not be spectacular or attention-grabbing. Instead, the work of contributing to the common good while avoiding both burnout and egocentrism moves bit by bit, with you and me woven into a tapestry of actions, thoughts, words, ideas, prayers and stories. You are already changing the world by your very presence – this book will help you gain more clarity about how to do it better, and love yourself – and life – more.
— Gareth Higgins, author of How Not to Be Afraid
You Are Changing the World is an unselfish offering of wisdom, personal transparency, and deep thoughtfulness. As I move through the ebbs and flows of changing the world with what is mine to do, I’ll keep this book close by.
— Yara T. Allen, Director of Theomusicology and Cultural Arts, Repairers of the Breach
In this era of climate chaos, white supremacist violence, global pandemics, hyper-polarized political discourse, and threatened nuclear annihilation, there is a pervasive sense of powerlessness. In this book, David LaMotte provides us inspiring examples of the possible and the practical to reconnect us with our human family, this fragile earth, and a hope-centered way of life. A nonviolent practitioner of “Good Trouble,” LaMotte shows that we have all the tools we need to create Beloved Community in our time.
— Ethan Vesely-Flad, Director of National Organizing, Fellowship of Reconciliation
David LaMotte has created a powerful antidote to the helplessness we often feel in a world that is overwhelming in both its pain and its beauty. With seriously good cheer, he helps us think about how to engage this world with courage, grace, and hope, in the ways that are distinctly ours to do. I am especially grateful for his stories and his wisdom that remind us that as we do this, we are not alone.
— Jan Richardson, author of The Cure for Sorrow
It’s truly humbling for me to read those, every time I see them again. These are all folks that I deeply, deeply respect, and it is moving that they have found value in this book. I hope you will, too.
Did I mention that you can now pre-order a copy (or a bunch of them)?
So here’s the cover! Hope you like it. 🙂
(…and if you don’t like it, you can tear it off, but no need to let me know. I like it, and it’s done!) 🙂
Thanks for celebrating with me, friends! Feel free to spread the word if you’re so inclined. There is also a study guide for churches in the works, and I’ll soon be booking events for 2024 to come and workshop these ideas at colleges, conferences, faith communities, etc.