The Power of Proximity
Moving Beyond Awareness to Action
by Michelle Ferrigno Warren
Pub Date 25 Jul 2017
It's important to learn about the world's inequities and to be a voice for the voiceless any way we can. In an age of hashtag and armchair activism, merely raising awareness
about injustice is not enough.
In The Power of Proximity Michelle Warren explains how proximity changes our perspective, compels our response, and keeps us
committed to the journey of pursuing justice for all. When we build relationships where we live, we discover the complexities
of standing with the vulnerable and the commitment needed for long-term
"I'm grateful that Michelle has shared her struggles, her convictions, and her wisdom in The Power of Proximity. My prayer to God is that he will use this book to help us overcome our own fears and insecurities—to express our faith in Jesus Christ by walking in close proximity to the poor as an expression of our love for him."
—from the foreword by Noel Castellanos, president, CCDA
"Michelle Warren is a remarkable woman who, along with her husband and family, has lived among the poor for over two decades. They have learned so much from the people around them. Michelle weaves her story in touching and heartfelt ways that teach us all about the importance of proximity. I highly recommend The Power of Proximity."
—Wayne "Coach" Gordon, pastor, Lawndale Community Church, president emeritus, Christian Community Development Association
"The great Holocaust writer and survivor Elie Wiesel says that we are most universal when we are most particular. Michelle Warren takes us through her individual and particular journey in a way that powerfully reveals the core of the call to all of us, wherever we come from, to love mercy and do justice. A wonderful book for young Christians—and for all Christians who have begun to authentically wrestle with the demands of whole-gospel discipleship. Wise, funny, and well written. Read it!"
—Alexia Salvatierra, coauthor of Faith-Rooted Organizing