"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).