Jonathan Reckford - Our Better Angels

Jonathan Reckford - Our Better Angels

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019 7:00 PM

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, has seen time and again the powerful benefits that arise when people from all walks of life work together to help one another. Reckford will discuss and sign copies of his new book, "Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues that Will Change Your Life and the World."

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Book

For readers of "Make Your Bed," a book about real-life virtues in action to inspire readers—from Habitat for Humanity, one of the world’s most admired organizations.

“When the waters rise, so do our better angels.” — President Jimmy Carter

In this uplifting book, Jonathan Reckford shares true stories of people involved with Habitat as volunteers and future homeowners who embody seven timeless virtues—kindness, community, empowerment, joy, respect, generosity, and service—and shows how we can all practice these to improve the quality of our own lives as well as those around us.

A Vietnam veteran finds peace where he was once engaged in war. An impoverished single mother offers her family’s time and energy to enrich their neighbors’ lives. A Zambian family of nine living in a makeshift tent makes room to shelter even more. A former president of the United States leads by example with a determined work ethic that motivates everyone around him to be the best version of themselves.

These stories, and many others, illustrate how virtues become values, how cooperation becomes connection, and how even the smallest act of compassion can encourage actions that transform the world around us. Here are tales that will make readers laugh and cry and embrace with passion the calling of our better angels to change the way we take care of ourselves, our families, our communities, and the world.

About the Author

Jonathan Reckford has served as chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International since 2005. Habitat for Humanity partners with people all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Reckford earned his MBA from Stanford and went on to hold managerial positions at various Fortune 500 companies. Reckford also served as executive pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minnesota.