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Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor Paperback – April 20, 2007
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communities from a faith-based based perspective. It deals with down to
earth topics such as gentrification,moving from charity to development,
transforming services into self help,economically viable enterprises.
Bob Lupton, the author, speaks personally from experience,
so the book rings with reality, yet is hopeful and inspiring.
Easy to read, but want to have around to share with others, particular
chapters for particular situations. It is a helpful handbook of the
Christian Community Developmet Association.
This book starts with Jesus as our model and what he had to say about the poor, the downtrodden, the oppressed, evangelism, the Kingdom of God, doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God? If we are going to be like Jesus, our Gospel is going to be relevant for those whom we serve or those whom we develop. And the journey of this book started here, from betterment to community development, from developing food coops to buying land and having mixed income families in communities. I have read this book through twice. You will be so encouraged reading this book, even though it also shares the challenges and difficulties and downsides of loving our neighbor.
The worse kind of charity is doing for others what they can do for themselves. Mr. Lupton calls this betterment or doing for others whereas development enables others to do for themselves. Betterment begins with felt need but it cannot stay there. He gives wonderful examples of successes and failure.Read more ›
Bob Lupton demonstrates, from personal experience and past failures, that good intentions are no longer enough. Actually, as he shares, truly helping people is very challenging. However, unless we use our minds, in addition to our hearts, we might actually perpetuate the problems we are trying to solve with our acts of of compassion.
Targeted at church leaders involved in urban ministry, but relevant for all, this book examines the status quo and is a thoughtful encouragement to think critically about the way in which we help. Pragmatically, it is a quick read, but packed with profound insights. Easy to read in one sitting...and I guarantee you will view "helping the poor" differently after finishing it.
Numerous insights regarding the flaws of modern entitlement programs - public, parochial, and private are detailed as well as a discussion of the advantages of "development" (teach a man to fish) vs. "betterment" (give a man a fish) programs.
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fantastic book. concise, compelling, and clear. a must for anyone doing christian ministry with the poor.Published 1 month ago by Stevie J.
A good read. present a thorough take on gentrification with justice from a single viewpoint.Published 1 month ago by Mike
It's a great book it definitely changes people's perspectives of helping the poor!Published 4 months ago by marbel
This is as n excellent practical guide about doing justice in an urban setting. It is useful for ideas for justice projects in other settings as well.Published 4 months ago by Mark W Hrabe
This book raises atypical questions about helping the poor. Are we helping or hurting in the way we give? Many questions that need to be answered when we give.Published 6 months ago by Ruth-Ann McKellin
Outstanding book! Robert Lupton knows what he is talking about and he lays it out the way he should. Must read for anyone seeking to unleash compassion in a church setting.Published 6 months ago by Robert Johnson