By Tiffany Deluccia
I recently picked up Zach Hunter’s latest book, Chivalry. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Zach, he is a modern-day abolitionist, writer and speaker who started a fundraising program called Loose Change to Loosen Chains when he was in the seventh grade. The program empowers students of all ages to help end slavery.
Chivalry is a book about living by a code of honor, raising ourselves to a higher standard — the one set by Jesus. Zach organizes the book around the ancient code of chivalry attributed to medieval knights, like “Never attack from behind” and “Never abandon my quest.” Each chapter starts with a well-written parable that helps open your heart to the point and keeps each chapter from feeling like ‘rule’ to follow.
Here were a few of my favorites quotes from the book:
“Peace is not tolerant of evil.”
“This brand of justice goes beyond caring about what is trendy, to caring about who we are as people and how we treat others.”
He points out what should be obvious to us as Christians but often is not: Our Toms do not offset our terrible attitudes. Our To Write Love on Her Arms t-shirts don’t atone for our gossipy mouths. And our FEED bags don’t excuse our lack of love for those around us.
“Obsession with what we want only breeds selfishness. But when we focus on what’s best for someone else, love blossoms into sacrifice.”
The book is worth reading: It’s short but insightful and will challenge your thinking if your heart is open.