First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!
I saw this prompt a few days ago and thought it would be a fun way to share what I’m reading and feature other bloggers’ published books as well. I’m having difficulty actually locating the exact blogger who created this prompt as there are many who are hosts/hostesses.
I randomly came across this book at the Barnes and Nobles as I perused the shelves and each gripping short story she shared left me in a more pensive place about life and spurred me to chat about the content with friends.
“The young woman was in her early thirties, tall and dark haired, with a direct and unwavering gaze. As she walked down the hall toward me, I could see the deep scars and broken facial bones that had never properly healed. Someone, maybe a partner or family member, had done that to her. I extended my hand in greeting.
It was 1989. I was twenty-six, studying law at Columbia University and leading a student-public advocacy group that raised funds and then dispersed small grants to non-profit organizations. An inspiring local agency that assisted abused women in danger was a potential guarantee. We had read about their programs and, if memory serves, that evening we invited this brave woman to come and tell her story.“
The author serves as Chair of Council of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Some of her chapters are titled, “crumbling pillars”, “contagion”, “ethics on the fly”.
It was published this year, 2021, by Simon & Schuster.
The title of the book is…
Inside the Book Flap:
The essential guide for ethical decision-making in the 21st century, The Power of Ethics depicts “ethical decision-making not in a nebulous philosophical space, but at the point where the rubber meets the road” (Michael Schur, producer and creator of The Good Place).
It’s not your imagination: we’re living in a time of moral decline. Publicly, we’re bombarded with reports of government leaders acting against the welfare of their constituents; companies prioritizing profits over health, safety, and our best interests; and technology posing risks to society with few or no repercussions for those responsible. Personally, we may be conflicted about how much privacy to afford our children on the internet; how to make informed choices about our purchases and the companies we buy from; or how to handle misconduct we witness at home and at work.
How do we find a way forward? Today’s ethical challenges are increasingly gray, often without a clear right or wrong solution, causing us to teeter on the edge of effective decision-making. With concentrated power structures, rapid advances in technology, and insufficient regulation to protect citizens and consumers, ethics are harder to understand than ever. But in The Power of Ethics, Susan Liautaud shows how ethics can be used to create a sea change of positive decisions that can ripple outward to our families, communities, workplaces, and the wider world—offering unprecedented opportunity for good.
Drawing on two decades as an ethics advisor guiding corporations and leaders, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and students in her Stanford University ethics courses, Susan Liautaud provides clarity to blurry ethical questions, walking you through a straightforward, four-step process for ethical decision-making you can use every day. Liautaud also explains the six forces driving virtually every ethical choice we face. Exploring some of today’s most challenging ethics dilemmas and showing you how to develop a clear point of view, speak out with authority, make effective decisions, and contribute to a more ethical world for yourself and others, The Power of Ethics is the must-have ethics guide for the 21st century.