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Fast Living: How The Church Will End Extreme Poverty Paperback – September 1, 2011

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“A refreshing, even daring new perspective—extreme poverty doesn’t have to exist! Here’s a book that converts the skeptical and energizes the Church. There’s no place for extreme poverty to hide from the power of God’s people.” --Dr. Wess Stafford, President & CEO, Compassion International "Fast Living both strikes a chord and hits a nerve. It is insightful and provocative. It will help many people break free from the "low expectations" trap." --John Ortberg, Senior Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church; Author of The Me I Want to Be "Fast Living turns conventional thinking about poverty on its head and invites us to follow Christ in ways that profoundly change the world." --Stephen Bauman, President/CEO, World Relief “Dr. Scott Todd delivered one of the best presentations I’ve seen at Q ... The data are convincing, the call is compelling ... Scott is architecting one of the great efforts of the global Church.” --Gabe Lyons, author of The Next Christians and founder of Q "I loved, loved, loved it!" --Robin Hersma, mother of four and foster parent “Fast Living is a compelling call to have followers of Jesus Christ fast forward the end of extreme poverty. Scott Todd is a modern-day William Wilberforce who brings passion, Scripture, and strategy to ignite the Church for world-changing action.” --Peter Greer, President & CEO, HOPE International

About the Author

Dr. Scott Todd is the Sr. Vice President of Global Advocacy for Compassion International. Combining his analytical background in academic research and immunology with his passion for the cause of Christ, he speaks plainly about what is possible when the Church bands together in strategic actions fueled with compassion. He is a champion for the poor. An encourager of the Church. And a voice speaking to a new generation of Christians eager to make a difference.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Compassion (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936899000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936899005
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott C. Todd is the Sr Vice President for Global Advocacy at Compassion International. During his ten years of service at Compassion he has held a number of posts including Director of Compassion's HIV/AIDS Initiative, Child Survival Programs, and a range of special programs serving children in poverty around the world. Dr. Todd is a sought-after speaker and author bringing his global experience in relief and development and his passionate belief in Christ and His Church together for the cause of releasing children from poverty.

Prior to his work for Compassion, Dr. Todd was an award-winning scientist in Immunology and Oncology holding a doctorate from the University of California, a National Lymphoma Foundation fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center and numerous research grants from the American Cancer Society, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Christopher Horst on June 11, 2011
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There are many things to love about Dr. Scott Todd's lynchpin is:

1. Collaborative: While we as Christians have so often been committed to building our own "kingdoms," Scott's book outlines how the Church can link arms together to address the whole-person needs of the world. Despite Scott's employment with Compassion International, his advocacy extends far beyond their work alone.

2. Optimistic: How many fundraising events have you been to where the message about poverty is depressing and defeated? This book tells a different story: It tells the story of the tremendous gains we have made over the past 30 years in alleviating extreme global poverty. The story is one of hope and enthusiasm for what is possible...not based on pipe dreams, but based on the successes of our recent history.

3. Challenging: This book does not suggest incremental life change. It challenges us to bold and unprecedented vision, in-step with William Wilberforce and his audacity to suggest that slavery could be abolished.

This book addresses all aspects of poverty and all types of antidotes, all of which are centered on the precious gospel of Jesus Christ.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keri W. Kent on June 29, 2011
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The topic of extreme poverty feels overwhelming. We tend to imagine that things are bad and getting worse. But in reality, the opposite is true. Things are improving in many ways. The number of people on the planet living in extreme poverty has actually decreased tremendously in the last two decades.
Author Dr. Scott C. Todd makes an audacious claim in this short but powerful book: the church has the power to end extreme poverty within our lifetime. He points out that in 1981, 52 percent of the world's population lived in extreme poverty (living on less than $1.25 per day). Today, only 26 percent live in extreme poverty--the percentage has been cut in half in just 20 years. His statistics were very well-researched, and easy to understand.
Todd also asserts that malaria, measles and other disease rates are dropping dramatically, because of simple interventions like vaccines, mosquito nets and better access to water, education about hygiene and more. "We should not slump in defeat before an enemy that is already halfway dead," he writes.
This book is inspiring. The author challenges readers to get involved in the fight against poverty, and offers clear strategies about how to do so. He outlines small but powerful steps any person, even those who don't have a lot of resources, can take to make a difference. The author, who works with Compassion International, has clear but thoughtful explanations about why poverty exists and what we can do to change the world. He calls Christians to be generous, to not just be "concerned" about the poor, but to take action to help them. Every Christian should read this book, and then visit the related website, [...], to learn specifics about how they can help.
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I have to admit I was one of those people who thought "the poor will always be with us." Reading Fast Living: How The Church Will End Extreme Poverty has changed my heart. Author Scott Todd doesn't diminish the problem of poverty but he points out the incredible strides we have made and a clear plan for how we can profoundly change the world.
Before I read this book I had no idea just how much ground has been covered in the war against poverty. Listen to these statistics from the book:
In the past eight years, the number of kids dying from measles has declined by 78 percent.
Twenty-two countries have cut their malaria rate in half in only six years. They did it with insecticide-treated beds, access to better medicines and spraying to kill mosquitoes. Globally malaria infections have decreased by nineteen million per year and malaria deaths have dropped by 140,000 per year between 2005 and 2009
Every day there are nineteen thousand few children dying from preventable diseases, despite the total number of births increasing.
A third of the children who were uneducated because of poverty can now go to school. Literacy rates are climbing.
The spread of HIV has been curbed. New HIV infections have been cut 16 percent globally.
In 1981 52 percent of the world's population lived in extreme poverty. Today that number is 26 percent. That happened in one generation.
The question is no longer "Can we end poverty?" It's "How can we end poverty?" Todd suggests that we look at Isaiah 58 as a guide. What can we fast from so that others can have the basics of life? There is so much we have as individuals and a society.
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By Brian Johnson on October 14, 2011
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The author, a senior ministry advisor for Compassion International, brings about a compelling and motivational case to end poverty. He believes that one of the main hurdles to get over in eradicating poverty is our low expectations. The point here is that we don't think we can get rid of poverty it will always be with us, as seen and interpreted when Jesus told the disciples, "the poor you will always have with you." The author brings out the argument that what Jesus was talking about and to were the disciples. The poor would always be with them, but not necessarily have to be with civilization forever.
He gives some statistics that show that extreme poverty is already being broken.

* In the past 8 yrs., the number of kids dying from measles has declined by 78 percent
* Twenty two countries have cut their malaria rate in half in only 6 years
* The number of children dying each day from preventable causes has dropped from 40,000 per day to 21,000
* In 1981 52% of the world's population lived in extreme poverty. Today that number is 26%

As I read those statistics I could not help but think how those who feel that Jesus return is near, because everything is so bad, would respond. I suppose it would make you review your `last days' theology. The author feels that for the first time in human history, we have the realistic possibility of ending extreme global poverty.

The author does not make a dichotomy between poverty work and evangelism. He says, "we don't do anti-poverty work and share the gospel. Sharing the gospel is anti-poverty work.
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