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"I was blown away by the work" - Jan Shipps, author of Sojourner in the Promised Land

"Matthew Bolton writes about Neff in a gentle and friendly tone, playing up his achievements and pathbreaking views, without ignoring the controversy that attended some of his innovations.... Bolton reveals interesting details about the establishment of the Church in the developing world, even as he opens a window on internal decision-making processes at headquarters." - Journal of Mormon History.

"Matthew's book is an eminently readable and thought-provoking analysis of the major dimensions of Charles Neff's remarkable career as...advocate for economically deprived peoples" - Richard Howard, from the Foreword.

"Bolton's book is noteworthy as it signaled a renaissance in RLDS history" - Dr. Kenneth Robert Mulliken, Southern Oregon University

About the Author

Matthew Bolton grew up in very multicultural surroundings. Son of an American mother and British father, he spent most of his childhood in Leicester, one of Britain's most diverse cities. Visitors from every populated continent had signed the family guestbook by the time he was ten. This upbringing instilled in him a fascination with the world and its peoples, which has guided his life and work ever since. Matthew has worked for several international humanitarian agencies, including Outreach International (founded by Charles Neff), on five continents. Many people have lived his travels vicariously through his weekend column on international affairs and living overseas in The Examiner (Eastern Jackson County, Missouri). Matthew first gained his interest in Community of Christ history as a small child, listening to bedtime stories read from the travelogues of missionaries adventuring in far-flung lands. This interest continued in his undergraduate education; the final paper of his undergraduate degree in history and religion at Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa) looked at the effect of Neff's work in Asia upon the church. At the time of publication, Matthew was doing a doctorate in government at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he has also earned a master of science in development studies (research).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: John Whitmer Books (August 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934901016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934901014
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,830,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Bolton is a disarmament policy expert and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Pace University in New York City. He has worked as an aid worker, academic and journalist in 15 countries. He has a PhD in Government and Master's in Development Studies (Research) from the London School of Economics, where he researched the politics of foreign aid for demining in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan. His undergraduate degree, majoring in History and Religion, was from Graceland University. He has written articles in a variety of publications including The Guardian, Disasters, Global Policy, Jane's Foreign Report, Transitions Abroad and Global Journalist. Matthew has worked as a consultant for Outreach International, Counterpart International, UNICEF, Handicap International, Catholic Relief Services and the Community of Christ World Hunger Fund. In 2010 he coordinated Outreach International's emergency humanitarian response to the earthquake in Haiti, overseeing a program providing support to over 50 primary schools. He has taught classes on international politics, diplomacy and conflict at the London School of Economics and Makerere University in Uganda.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. R Wilkinson on July 31, 2009
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For an undergraduate writer, Matthew Bolton is very readable and keeps my interest. Having been part of the Mission field working with Charles Neff, I am thrilled to see his work so well written and only hope it reaches those who need to read about his work.
Dorcas Wilkinson
R.N. to Maigok Christian Clinic, Maigok South Korea
1970-1977

A related book is "Gifts from Korea" Written by Larry and Dorcas Wilkinson, published by the Herald House, Independence, MO.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pk on March 14, 2014
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Love this book....great insight into this individual. Easy and enjoyable read about a wonderful man, his faith, love and compassion.
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