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From millionaire mogul to servant leader: Living a “Fuller” life

Founder of Habitat for Humanity, Millard Fuller, offers wisdom on living truly rich life

AMERICUS, GA., Dec. 9, 2003 — To say that Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity, has lived a full life would be an understatement. While many successful people gather enough wisdom in their lifetime to fill a book, Millard Fuller’s life lessons have been so rich he needed two volumes.

In his new book, Building Materials for Life, Volume II, Fuller opens windows into his life, faith, and international ministry, welcoming audiences to learn more about the man behind Habitat. This collection of 40 essays is a continuation of the 40 essays in Building Materials for Life, Volume 1, and like the first volume, includes important morals and life lessons.

“My hope is that these essays will be helpful in dealing with questions and issues that are often faced in life,” says Fuller. “Ideally, my experiences can serve as building blocks for others as they seek to embrace the challenges of life.”

Dr. Kirby Godsey, president of Mercer University, says of the new book: “Millard Fuller’s writing always sparkles with candor and humor. In Building Materials for Life, Vol. II we can learn again that his overarching passion is not simply to build houses but to build human character. Millard Fuller reminds us that each person’s life is ‘under construction’ and that life’s daily challenges and the ordinary events that consume us can become bearers of extraordinary truth and wisdom. He offers us profound lessons for living that can be gleaned unexpectedly amidst our common experiences.”

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 organization that builds homes with low-income families.

Published by Smyth & Helwys publishers of Macon, Ga., the 166-page Building Materials for Life, Volume II and 145-page Volume I are available for $10 each, plus shipping, by calling 800-422-4828, ext. 2552. A study guide that offers activities and discussion questions for small groups will soon be available for “Volume II” as well. All proceeds from sales of the book will go to further the work of Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity International is a 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 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.