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Product Details

  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664236847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664236847
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Though tremendous improvements in health and education have helped slow the epidemic of global hunger in recent decades, more needs to be done to help lift people out of poverty, says Beckmann, president of the antihunger advocacy group Bread for the World. Beckmann strongly supports new international efforts such as the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, rock star Bono's ONE campaign, and programs funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But he also shows how no country has made gains in staunching hunger without government antipoverty programs. Beckmann offers a multifaceted solution to domestic poverty, including citizen activism, community soup kitchens, good jobs, and government policies and programs. This book will be appreciated by church groups eager to bolster their charitable outreach, especially since it includes several inspiring vignettes of ordinary Christians doing extraordinary things to help stop hunger. The book's weakness is that it covers too much ground without offering a structured or easily applicable way forward. (Oct.) (c)
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About the Author

David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World and has served at the World Bank on projects to reduce poverty. He founded and serves as president of the Alliance to End Hunger, helped found the ONE campaign with Bono, and appears regularly in mainstream and religious media. The author of several books on issues of hunger and poverty, Beckmann is a Lutheran minister and has a degree from the London School of Economics.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Vogt on November 1, 2010
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Bread for the World is one of the largest Christian anti-hunger organizations in the world. The group's president, David Beckmann, has written a new book titled "Exodus From Hunger" (Westminster John Knox Press, 192 pages, paperback) where he reveals the current global hunger situation and offers a road-map to end it. Beckmann believes that we each can do simple, yet significant things to relieve hunger, and this book shows how.

Before getting into the book, I wanted to point out that David Beckmann is the real deal. I shared some conversations with him a few months ago during Bread for the World's 'Hunger Justice Leader' advocacy training program. Even after winning the World Food Prize--the food equivalent to a Nobel--and despite rubbing shoulders with people like Bono, George Bush, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet, Beckmann is admiringly humble. In addition, he is both intelligent and spiritually literate, graduating from the London School of Economics and working at the World Bank before becoming a Lutheran pastor.

This pastor-economist firmly believes that, if we choose, we can join God to end world hunger in our lifetime. His attitude isn't pie-in-the sky optimism. Beckmann has a legitimate plan to bring relief to hungry people, and "Exodus From Hunger" explains it in three parts.

After a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the book's first part details the current hunger situation, defining `Where Things Stand Now'. Contrary to what many people think, we have actually made tremendous progress against extreme poverty in recent years, which has directly curbed hunger. For instance, from 1980 to 2005, the global fraction of people in extreme poverty has dropped from one-half to one-quarter, an incredible shift.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JoeM on October 22, 2010
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This is a hopeful and optimistic book by a man who has devoted his life to ending hunger. David Beckmann is the president of Bread for the World, a grass roots organization that seeks to end hunger in America and throughout the world. The book celebrates the great progress that has been made in recent years. The number and proportion of hungry people has been significantly reduced. Sadly, the United States is the only industrialized country that puts up with wide-spread hunger. Beckmann sees the improvement the lives of poor and hungry people as the work of God. He also knows that much, much more remains to be done and he lays out the steps which will lead us to further dramatic reductions in the number of hungry people. His vision is based on the bible; he sees God's hand moving in our time just as it did in the Book of Exodus. Since Moses is no longer among us, leadership must come from ordinary and extraordinary people, thousands of them, like us, who share the vision of a world without hunger and are willing to devote at least some of their time and resources to the effort.
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a cause worthy of their time and effort and who wants to know how to make a difference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By allison m nafziger on June 30, 2013
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This book was informative and challenging yet entertaining and easy to read. Beckmann uses knowledge and experience to make a case for political action and uses stories to keep the reader engaged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2012
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A book filled with hope for anyone interested in ending hunger in our time. Bread for the world is truly a great organization.
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