Monday, August 25, 2014

Hope Rising: A Book Review

About The Book:

Extreme poverty does not have to exist. When Christians accept that fact and start living accordingly, we will find the solution is already within our reach.
Worldwide, 19,000 children die from preventable deaths every day. If that statistic leaves you feeling powerless, you are not alone-but you are wrong. If a false sense of powerlessness has lulled you into apathy, it's time to shake off the grogginess of low expectations and get to work. We can make this world a place where kids do not die from easily preventable diseases.
In Hope Rising, Scott Todd of Compassion International pens a galvanizing, comprehensive vision of the movement that will eradicate extreme global poverty through transformative Christian generosity-and do it within our lifetime. Todd provides riveting evidence to show that we are much closer to that goal than you might think.
According to Todd, we live in an historic moment, and chances are you are already part of it. The gospel is already reshaping lives from thoughtless consumption to informed concern. Twenty-first-century Christians are generating multi-continent grassroots movements through communications and travel. Public and private sectors are working together. It's a whole new era of philanthropy, compassion, and justice aimed at eradicating the pandemic of extreme global poverty.
This is a future we have the God-given power to create. This is the history we hope to write.
As Todd envisions, "The twenty-first-century Christians embraced the entirety of their gospel-the truths it proclaims and the muscles it demands-with a new integrity. They did not deteriorate into humanist liberalism, as some had feared. Nor did they pile works on top of Grace…They simply determined that their world did not need to have children dying of preventable causes such as dirty water."
About The Author:
Scott C. Todd, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Global Advocacy at Compassion International. During his ten years of service at Compassion he has held a number of posts, including Director of Compassion's HIV/AIDS Initiative, Child Survival Programs, and a range of special programs serving children in poverty around the world.
My Review:
Hope Rising was definitely an eye-opening read. My family and I have been supporters of Compassion Canada for several years, and so were aware of some of the statistics regarding world poverty. However, Hope Rising, made me aware on an even more shocking level. It was a stunning reminder that faith is more than just believing in something, but acting on that faith. And what better way to act on it, but to help eliminate poverty on a global level. But the author goes a step further to explain that more than food, water and shelter, what people need most is to know Christ, and that is where we are supposed to step up. The book was well organized, but at times repetitive. I did enjoy the book overall though. It would be a great book for all church leaders, and all Christians really, to read, digest in deep discussion, and act out to help end poverty.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Hope Rising at your favorite bookseller from Thomas Nelson
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Book Look Bloggers and Thomas Nelson, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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