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Activist Faith: From Him and For Him Paperback – July 15, 2013
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So they said, "Let us rise up and build." Then they set their hands to this good work. (Nehemiah 2:18 NKJV)
And that there is what the new book, "Activist Faith: From Him and For Him," by Burroughs, Darling, and King does - it helps us to better rise up and build right here and right now. Not later. Not when we have more money. Not when we have more free time. Not when we have more seminary training. Right. Now.
Together, these three men cover twelve topics, among them modern-day slavery, immigration, disaster relief, homelessness, prisons, and orphan care.
"My challenge to you is this: Learn all you can. Discover what is causing the problem and the underlying factors involved ... Then act. Do something. The world is waiting for you to do as my friend Charles says: `Don't watch the news. Do something that makes the news.'" (Burroughs, Dillon, Darling; 2013)
Yes, yes, each chapter of "Activist Faith" gives its readers excellent resources and practical tips on how you, me, and everyone from sea to shining sea, can put the rubber to the road in our journey as Christians. But wait, there is more! Much, much more. Each chapter unfolds as if you, the reader, sat across the dinner table from the authors... clanking forks, passing `round the bread basket, ya know, supping with friends, all while listening to each man as he tells his tale.
And shares the individual cries of his heart.
And reminds us of what the Word of God says about not only the least of these among us, but of our duties, from Him and for Him.
Here's the thing I love best about this book:
This isn't about a couple "important" people making their voices heard and making things happen. It's about every single man and woman who sits in a church pew on Sunday mornings (and several who don't) doing something awesome in response to the amazing gift we've been given (Dan King, from the introduction).
In a season of folks "liking" a Facebook page and considering that an important step forward, we all need this reminder.
Because the truth is, we can tweet for an end to starvation all day long, but it won't fill a single belly.
This trio means to grow a movement. They want their lives to count beyond the circle of their own family and friends. They want to serve.
The book is organized into chapters, each addressing a different issue: Human trafficking, immigration, poverty, environmentalism, disaster response, homelessness, abortion, war/terror/genocide, religious persecution, family instability, prison reform, and orphans.
Which of those topics made your heart jump?
Each chapter, written by one of the three authors, includes a selection of scripture related to the topic, a survey of the current situation today and concludes with questions for reflection or discussion (Think it Through), tools and resources, and action steps. For example, in the chapter on emergency response, Dan King reminds us to give the help that's needed, not what makes you feel good about yourself.
So simple. So true. And sadly, so often overlooked.
I don't see sugarcoating in this book.Read more ›
Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. James 1:27 The Message
How can I claim to be a disciple of Christ and shut my ears to His call?
In their new book Activist Faith, From Him and For Him, Dillon Burroughs, Daniel Darling, and Dan King tackle the tough issues of our time:
Human Trafficking; Immigration; Poverty; Environmentalism; Disaster Relief; Homelessness; Defending the Unborn; War, Terror and Genocide; Religious Freedom; Parenthood and Sexuality: Crime and Urban Decay; the Orphan Crisis.
Using quotes as varied as the Word of God, modern theologians and others, the words hit the mark and convict the spirit. For example:
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." --Dr. Seuss
All three authors share stories of people they have met and lives that have been changed, including their own. I wept through Dan King's telling of a mother in Kenya:
"My biggest question is the same for everyone we meet: "How has the opportunity to run this business with the support of the micro-loans affected you and your family personally?"
She responds simply, "Now I have some extra money to buy things for my kids." She has three young children under the age of ten.
This is a response that I can really relate to! I have a six-year-old son at home. As his dad, I love having a little extra money from time to time so I can buy something special for him, such as a handheld gaming system. But I don't see many kids around there playing on their handheld gaming systems.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Action steps are not hidden or murky, the authors give life experience and prescriptive steps while remaining open to situational uniqueness and the movement of He who holds the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nasreen Fynewever
Of course, the Bible says faith without works is dead. But when it comes to the world's problems, how can anyone know where to start? Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Matt Appling
It was a life changing book!! I loved how they gave practical steps on how to live out your faith! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to live out their faith actively!!!Published on September 10, 2013 by Jennifer Peterson
In many situations in life, the Bible may not focus on one topic or another in the way you see it. The Bible never mentions cell phones, Facebook, Republican or Democrat. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Nate Smoyer
Dillon Burroughs, Daniel Darling, and Dan King, co-founders of the Activist Faith Movement collaborate in "Activist Faith - From Him and For Him. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Richard R. Blake
Book is very hard to get into. ,I think the title and promotional "fluff" sold me. I wish I had not purchased.Published on July 22, 2013 by Mel Stephenson
Working in ministry, we are often approached by people saying, "I want to serve or I want to make a difference, but where do I start? Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by J. Windeler
Activist Faith tackles many of the hot-button issues we hear about today, including homelessness, human trafficking, genocide, environmentalism, immigration, abortion-and many... Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Krissie