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Habitat for Humanity Founder Shares Life Lessons in New Book

Habitat for Humanity Founder Shares Life Lessons in New Book

AMERICUS, Ga., Oct. 1 - In his new book, Building Materials for Life, Habitat for Humanity International Founder and President Millard Fuller is sharing the principles that have inspired him to help millions of people throughout the world.

“I’ve never known anyone who has been more of an inspiration to me - and to tens of thousands of people all over the world - than Millard Fuller,” said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Habitat for Humanity’s most notable volunteer. “In Building Materials for Life, Millard Fuller uses specific events from his own remarkable life to provide humorous and incisive advice-helpful for every reader.”

A collection of inspirational essays, Building Materials for Life is a compilation of 40 stand-alone chapters, each focusing on a spiritual lesson or gift. Drawing on personal experiences, Fuller offers solutions for overcoming some of life’s fundamental challenges, including doubt, fear, failure and problem solving. Chapters such as Attitude, Persistence, The Power of Right Thinking and Peace Within inspire the reader to lay a foundation in life by focusing on the resources necessary to set goals and achieve them.

“Whether putting up a barn, adding a porch to a tenant house, digging holes for fence posts and stretching barbed wire, or building a Habitat house, I have learned that the first thing one must do is find the necessary building materials and tools,” says Fuller. “We need the proper materials for building a human life as well.”

A successful attorney and entrepreneur, Fuller was a self-made millionaire by the time he was 29. A personal crisis prompted Fuller and his wife, Linda, to sell their possessions, give the money to the poor and dedicate themselves to a life of service. In 1976, they founded Habitat for Humanity International, the no-profit, zero-interest housing program that builds homes with low-income families.

Published by Smyth & Helwys publishers of Macon, Georgia, the 145-page paperback is available in bookstores, as well as online at All of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.