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To Serve God And Wal Mart by Bethany Moreton

Title To Serve God and Wal Mart
Author Bethany Moreton
Publisher Harvard University Press
Release Date 2010-09-07
Category Religion
Total Pages 392
ISBN 9780674256460
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the decades after World War II, evangelical Christianity nourished America’s devotion to free markets, free trade, and free enterprise. The history of Wal-Mart uncovers a complex network that united Sun Belt entrepreneurs, evangelical employees, Christian business students, overseas missionaries, and free-market activists. Through the stories of people linked by the world’s largest corporation, Bethany Moreton shows how a Christian service ethos powered capitalism at home and abroad. While industrial America was built by and for the urban North, rural Southerners comprised much of the labor, management, and consumers in the postwar service sector that raised the Sun Belt to national influence. These newcomers to the economic stage put down the plough to take up the bar-code scanner without ever passing through the assembly line. Industrial culture had been urban, modernist, sometimes radical, often Catholic and Jewish, and self-consciously international. Post-industrial culture, in contrast, spoke of Jesus with a drawl and of unions with a sneer, sang about Momma and the flag, and preached salvation in this world and the next. This extraordinary biography of Wal-Mart’s world shows how a Christian pro-business movement grew from the bottom up as well as the top down, bolstering an economic vision that sanctifies corporate globalization. The author has assigned her royalties and subsidiary earnings to Interfaith Worker Justice and its local affiliate in Athens, GA, the Economic Justice Coalition.

To Serve God And Wal Mart by Bethany Moreton

Title To Serve God and Wal Mart
Author Bethany Moreton
Publisher Harvard University Press
Release Date 2009-05-31
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 392
ISBN 9780674054295
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This extraordinary biography of Wal-Mart's world shows how a Christian pro-business movement grew from the bottom up as well as the top down, bolstering an economic vision that sanctifies corporate globalization.

To Serve God And Wal Mart by Bethany Moreton

Title To Serve God and Wal Mart
Author Bethany Moreton
Publisher Harvard University Press
Release Date 2009
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 372
ISBN 0674033221
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Through the stories of people linked by the world's largest corporation, Bethany Moreton shows how a Christian service ethos powered capitalism at home and abroad. While industrial America was built by and for the urban North, rural Southerners comprised much of the labor, management, and consumers in the postwar service sector that raised the Sun Belt to national influence. These newcomers to the economic stage put down the plough to take up the bar-code scanner without ever passing through the assembly line. Industrial culture had been urban, modernist, sometimes radical, often Catholic and Jewish, and self-consciously international. Post-industrial culture, in contrast, spoke of Jesus with a drawl and of unions with a sneer, sang about Momma and the flag, and preached salvation in this world and the next. - Publisher.

Every Job A Parable by John Van Sloten

Title Every Job a Parable
Author John Van Sloten
Publisher NavPress
Release Date 2017-06-20
Category Religion
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781631465499
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Walmart greeter, a nurse, and an astronaut walk into a church. . . . They each bring with them their own exhaustions and exasperations, their own uncertainty about whether and how their work matters to God. Good news: All work matters to God, because all work reflects some aspect of the character of God. God created the world so that it runs best when it mirrors Him, and we ourselves find the most fulfillment when we recognize God behind our labor. John Van Sloten offers a fascinating and innovative reflection on vocation: Our work is a parable of God; as we work, we are icons of grace.

Title Religious Intolerance in America
Author John Corrigan
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Press
Release Date 2010-05-10
Category Religion
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0807895954
Language English, Spanish, and French
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American narratives often celebrate the nation's rich heritage of religious freedom. There is, however, a less told and often ignored part of the story: the ways that intolerance and cultures of hate have manifested themselves within American religious history and culture. In the first ever documentary survey of religious intolerance from the colonial era to the present, volume editors John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal define religious intolerance and explore its history and manifestations, including hate speech, discrimination, incarceration, expulsion, and violence. Organized thematically, the volume combines the editors' discussion with more than 150 striking primary texts and pictures that document intolerance toward a variety of religious traditions. Moving from anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan propaganda to mob attacks on Mormons, the lynching of Leo Frank, the kidnapping of "cult" members, and many other episodes, the volume concludes with a chapter addressing the changing face of religious intolerance in the twenty-first century, with examples of how the problem continues to this day.

Title The Making of Evangelicalism
Author Randall Balmer
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2017-03-31
Category Religion
Total Pages 97
ISBN 1481304887
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This text offers a history of evangelical Christianity in the United States. Situating developments in evangelicalism in their wider context, it demonstrates the ways American social and cultural society influenced the course of evangelical tradition.

The Retail Revolution by Nelson Lichtenstein

Title The Retail Revolution
Author Nelson Lichtenstein
Publisher Metropolitan Books
Release Date 2009-07-21
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781429989718
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The definitive account of how a small Ozarks company upended the world of business and what that change means Wal-Mart, the world's largest company, roared out of the rural South to change the way business is done. Deploying computer-age technology, Reagan-era politics, and Protestant evangelism, Sam Walton's firm became a byword for cheap goods and low-paid workers, famed for the ruthless efficiency of its global network of stores and factories. But the revolution has gone further: Sam's protégés have created a new economic order which puts thousands of manufacturers, indeed whole regions, in thrall to a retail royalty. Like the Pennsylvania Railroad and General Motors in their heyday, Wal-Mart sets the commercial model for a huge swath of the global economy. In this lively, probing investigation, historian Nelson Lichtenstein deepens and expands our knowledge of the merchandising giant. He shows that Wal-Mart's rise was closely linked to the cultural and religious values of Bible Belt America as well as to the imperial politics, deregulatory economics, and laissez-faire globalization of Ronald Reagan and his heirs. He explains how the company's success has transformed American politics, and he anticipates a day of reckoning, when challenges to the Wal-Mart way, at home and abroad, are likely to change the far-flung empire. Insightful, original, and steeped in the culture of retail life, The Retail Revolution draws on first hand reporting from coastal China to rural Arkansas to give a fresh and necessary understanding of the phenomenon that has transformed international commerce.

Trucking Country by Shane Hamilton

Title Trucking Country
Author Shane Hamilton
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2008-09-15
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 1400828791
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Trucking Country is a social history of long-haul trucking that explores the contentious politics of free-market capitalism in post-World War II America. Shane Hamilton paints an eye-opening portrait of the rural highways of the American heartland, and in doing so explains why working-class populist voters are drawn to conservative politicians who seemingly don't represent their financial interests. Hamilton challenges the popular notion of "red state" conservatism as a devil's bargain between culturally conservative rural workers and economically conservative demagogues in the Republican Party. The roots of rural conservatism, Hamilton demonstrates, took hold long before the culture wars and free-market fanaticism of the 1990s. As Hamilton shows, truckers helped build an economic order that brought low-priced consumer goods to a greater number of Americans. They piloted the big rigs that linked America's factory farms and agribusiness food processors to suburban supermarkets across the country. Trucking Country is the gripping account of truckers whose support of post-New Deal free enterprise was so virulent that it sparked violent highway blockades in the 1970s. It's the story of "bandit" drivers who inspired country songwriters and Hollywood filmmakers to celebrate the "last American cowboy," and of ordinary blue-collar workers who helped make possible the deregulatory policies of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and set the stage for Wal-Mart to become America's most powerful corporation in today's low-price, low-wage economy. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.

He Speaks To Me by Priscilla C. Shirer

Title He Speaks to Me
Author Priscilla C. Shirer
Publisher Moody Publishers
Release Date 2007-05-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 208
ISBN 080247957X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“When we approach God humbly and bow down before Him, we put ourselves in a position to hear from Him.” Are you longing to hear God’s voice, but feeling disconnected? God wants to speak directly to each of His beloved children, not to just a few “spiritual elite.” Priscilla Shirer looks at God’s call to Samuel and uncovers six characteristics essential for hearing from God: A simple RELATIONSHIP, unfettered by sin or pride A single-minded WORSHIP, focused on God and His glory A set-apart HOLINESS, determined to live a life that honors Him A still ATTENTIVENESS, willing to be silent before Him A sold-out HUNGER, passionately pursuing God’s presence A servant SPIRIT, submitted to God’s call Her warmth and honesty, combined with a wealth of practical help, will inspire you to cultivate these traits in your own life. By doing so, you will prepare yourself to draw closer to Him and to hear His voice more clearly.

Family Values by Melinda Cooper

Title Family Values
Author Melinda Cooper
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2017-02-01
Category Political Science
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781942130048
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Why was the discourse of family values so pivotal to the conservative and free-market revolution of the 1980s and why has it continued to exert such a profound influence on American political life? Why have free-market neoliberals so often made common cause with social conservatives on the question of family, despite their differences on all other issues? In this book, Melinda Cooper challenges the idea that neoliberalism privileges atomized individualism over familial solidarities, and contractual freedom over inherited status. Delving into the history of the American poor laws, she shows how the liberal ethos of personal responsibility was always undergirded by a wider imperative of family responsibility and how this investment in kinship obligations recurrently facilitated the working relationship between free-market liberals and social conservatives. Neoliberalism, she argues, must be understood as an effort to revive and extend the poor law tradition in the contemporary idiom of household debt. As neoliberal policymakers imposed cuts to health, education, and welfare budgets, they simultaneously identified the family as a wholesale alternative to the twentieth-century welfare state. And as the responsibility for deficit spending shifted from the state to the household, the private debt obligations of family were defined as foundational to socio-economic order. Despite their differences, neoliberals and social conservatives were in agreement that the bonds of family needed to be encouraged — and at the limit enforced — as a necessary counterpart to market freedom. In a series of case studies ranging from Clinton’s welfare reform to the AIDS epidemic, and from same-sex marriage to the student loan crisis, Cooper explores the key policy contributions made by neoliberal economists and legal theorists. Only by restoring the question of family to its central place in the neoliberal project, she argues, can we make sense of the defining political alliance of our times, that between free-market economics and social conservatism.

Working For Respect by Adam Reich

Title Working for Respect
Author Adam Reich
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 2018-07-24
Category Social Science
Total Pages 332
ISBN 9780231547826
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Walmart is the largest employer in the world. It encompasses nearly 1 percent of the entire American workforce—young adults, parents, formerly incarcerated people, retirees. Walmart also presents one possible future of work—Walmartism—in which the arbitrary authority of managers mixes with a hyperrationalized, centrally controlled bureaucracy in ways that curtail workers’ ability to control their working conditions and their lives. In Working for Respect, Adam Reich and Peter Bearman examine how workers make sense of their jobs at places like Walmart in order to consider the nature of contemporary low-wage work, as well as the obstacles and opportunities such workplaces present as sites of struggle for social and economic justice. They describe the life experiences that lead workers to Walmart and analyze the dynamics of the shop floor. As a part of the project, Reich and Bearman matched student activists with a nascent association of current and former Walmart associates: the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). They follow the efforts of this new partnership, considering the formation of collective identity and the relationship between social ties and social change. They show why traditional unions have been unable to organize service-sector workers in places like Walmart and offer provocative suggestions for new strategies and directions. Drawing on a wide array of methods, including participant-observation, oral history, big data, and the analysis of social networks, Working for Respect is a sophisticated reconsideration of the modern workplace that makes important contributions to debates on labor and inequality and the centrality of the experience of work in a fair economy.

Title As for Me and My House We Will Serve the Lord
Author Keith J. Daniels
Publisher Xulon Press
Release Date 2008-08
Category Religion
Total Pages 344
ISBN 9781606475140
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Throughout the centuries men and women have had to choose which way to go in their lives; "will I do it my way or will I do it God's way." One of the greatest responsibilities in man's and a woman's life is to bring up their children in the Lord; and teach them to reverence the One True God, to believe and trust Him. The world also offers many ways to live life, to raise children and to prosper. This book is a not a book about my way; this book is a book about God's way. To the best of my ability these chapters are right from God's heart straight to his family. God is loving, tender, merciful and forgiving. He is gently calling everyone to his family. What is our response? Do we follow Him or do we go our own way? The choice is up to us. Keith Daniels is a father, a teacher and a Christian author. His major in college was history. He is a retired U.S. Navy veteran of the submarine service. He has spent over 30 years of his life doing biblical research including analyzing the historical background of the first century church. He spends most of the year in Rhode Island and the majority of his summers in Maine. He and his wife Diana have ten-year-old triplets; William, Stuart and Elena. He attends home bible fellowships, spends time as a workman of the word and shares what he learns. He prays daily both in the spirit and with his understanding also. The power of God is manifested in his life and in his service. His motto is "Trust God." If you have any questions about the contents of this book, you can contact him at [email protected]

Sam Walton by Sam Walton

Title Sam Walton
Author Sam Walton
Publisher Bantam
Release Date 2012-09-12
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780307763693
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch. Here, finally, inimitable words. Genuinely modest, but always sure if his ambitions and achievements. Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style. In a story rich with anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, Sam Walton chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream.

My Little Book About God by Jane Werner Watson

Title My Little Book about God
Author Jane Werner Watson
Publisher Golden Inspirational
Release Date 2001-04
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 26
ISBN 9780307203120
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Describes how nature and everyday life reveal the greatness, goodness, and love of God. On board pages.

Guaranteed Pure by Timothy Gloege

Title Guaranteed Pure
Author Timothy Gloege
Publisher UNC Press Books
Release Date 2015-04-27
Category Religion
Total Pages 328
ISBN 9781469621029
Language English, Spanish, and French
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American evangelicalism has long walked hand in hand with modern consumer capitalism. Timothy Gloege shows us why, through an engaging story about God and big business at the Moody Bible Institute. Founded in Chicago by shoe-salesman-turned-revivalist Dwight Lyman Moody in 1889, the institute became a center of fundamentalism under the guidance of the innovative promoter and president of Quaker Oats, Henry Crowell. Gloege explores the framework for understanding humanity shared by these business and evangelical leaders, whose perspectives clearly differed from those underlying modern scientific theories. At the core of their "corporate evangelical" framework was a modern individualism understood primarily in terms of economic relations. Conservative evangelicalism and modern business grew symbiotically, transforming the ways that Americans worshipped, worked, and consumed. Gilded Age evangelicals initially understood themselves primarily as new "Christian workers--employees of God guided by their divine contract, the Bible. But when these ideas were put to revolutionary ends by Populists, corporate evangelicals reimagined themselves as savvy religious consumers and reformulated their beliefs. Their consumer-oriented "orthodoxy" displaced traditional creeds and undermined denominational authority, forever altering the American religious landscape. Guaranteed pure of both liberal theology and Populist excesses, this was a new form of old-time religion not simply compatible with modern consumer capitalism but uniquely dependent on it.

Title When Wall Street Met Main Street
Author Julia C. Ott
Publisher Harvard University Press
Release Date 2011-06-01
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 300
ISBN 9780674061217
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The financial crisis of 2008 made Americans keenly aware of the impact Wall Street has on the economic well-being of the nation and its citizenry. Ott shows how the government, corporations, and financial institutions transformed stock investment from an elite to a mass practice at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Canarsie by Jonathan RIEDER

Title Canarsie
Author Jonathan RIEDER
Publisher Harvard University Press
Release Date 2009-06-30
Category Political Science
Total Pages 306
ISBN 9780674042742
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Rule Of Logistics by Jesse LeCavalier

Title The Rule of Logistics
Author Jesse LeCavalier
Publisher U of Minnesota Press
Release Date 2016-08-26
Category Architecture
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9781452951539
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Every time you wheel a shopping cart through one of Walmart’s more than 10,000 stores worldwide, or swipe your credit card or purchase something online, you enter a mind-boggling logistical regime. Even if you’ve never shopped at Walmart, its logistics have probably affected your life. The Rule of Logistics makes sense of its spatial and architectural ramifications by analyzing the stores, distribution centers, databases, and inventory practices of the world’s largest corporation. The Rule of Logistics tells the story of Walmart’s buildings in the context of the corporation’s entire operation, itself characterized by an obsession with logistics. Beginning with the company’s founding in 1962, Jesse LeCavalier reveals how logistics—as a branch of knowledge, an area of work, and a collection of processes—takes shape and changes our built environment. Weaving together archival material with original drawings, LeCavalier shows how a diverse array of ideas, people, and things—military theory and chewing gum, Howard Dean and satellite networks, Hudson River School painters and real estate software, to name a few—are all connected through Walmart’s logistical operations and in turn are transforming how its buildings are conceptualized, located, built, and inhabited. A major new contribution to architectural history and theory, The Rule of Logistics helps us understand how retailing today is changing our bodies, brains, buildings, and cities and predicts what future forms architecture might take when shaped by systems that exceed its current capacities.

Title From Bible Belt to Sunbelt Plain Folk Religion Grassroots Politics and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism
Author Darren Dochuk
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2010-12-13
Category History
Total Pages 416
ISBN 0393079279
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A sweeping, five-decade history of the evangelical movement in southern California that explains an epochal realignment of American politics. From Bible Belt to Sun Belt tells the dramatic and largely unknown story of “plain-folk” religious migrants: hardworking men and women from Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas who fled the Depression and came to California for military jobs during World War II. Investigating this fiercely pious community at a grassroots level, Darren Dochuk uses the stories of religious leaders, including Billy Graham, as well as many colorful, lesser-known figures to explain how evangelicals organized a powerful political machine. This machine made its mark with Barry Goldwater, inspired Richard Nixon’s “Southern Solution,” and achieved its greatest triumph with the victories of Ronald Reagan. Based on entirely new research, the manuscript has already won the prestigious Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians. The judges wrote, “Dochuk offers a rich and multidimensional perspective on the origins of one of the most far-ranging developments of the second half of the twentieth century: the rise of the New Right and modern conservatism.”

Title The Walmart Book of the Dead
Author Lucy Biederman
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2017-09-26
Category Dead
Total Pages 65
ISBN 1925417573
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'The Walmart Book of the Dead' was inspired by the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, funerary texts with accompanying illustrations containing spells to preserve the spirit of the deceased in the afterlife. In Lucy Biederman's version, people from all walks of life wander Walmart unknowingly consigned to their afterlives.