Friday, August 30, 2013
The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good: A Book Review
Charity and Service Have a Dark Side
You want to live out the Gospel by serving others, and you're willing to sacrifice your time, money, and perhaps even your safety. But do you realize the spiritual dangers you face as you serve? Peter Greer, the CEO of a Christian nonprofit, found that serving others and seeking justice actually did him harm. He shares how something that started with the noblest of intentions got off track--and how he got back on course. His story is a compassionate warning for anyone who works in ministry or charitable nonprofits, from CEOs to weekend volunteers.
You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format.
About The Author:
Peter Greer is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on addressing both physical and spiritual poverty through microfinance. He has a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School. Peter coauthored , speaks at conferences, including Catalyst and Passion, and has been featured by media outlets such as CNN, , and. Peter lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Laurel, and three children. Learn more at www.peterkgreer.com.
Anna Haggard is the executive writing assistant at HOPE International, where she collaborates with the president and the marketing department to share HOPE's message to donors through print and social media. Anna is a graduate of Asbury University and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
As I read this book, I noticed that while it does not directly apply to my life as a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom, there are many points made by the author that I could relate to. The book is very well written and the author includes a lot of personal antedotes about his life in business as a Christian.
A very practical, relevant book that should be read by all Christians in ministry, whether in the church itself, or in the world. The book is easy to read, and quick to read, full of many solid Biblical truths as well.
A book that I highly recommend and give a huge thumbs up too!
BUY IT: You can purchase The Spritual Danger of Doing Good at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***