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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: #920,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

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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Todd is right, after reading this book, you will become indignant that we haven't done more to end extreme poverty.
Adam
Fast Living will help you understand how we can end poverty in our lifetime and give practical guidelines for doing so.
L. Debiasi
I highly recommend this book but more importantly one should visit the website live58.org and see what is all about!
keith daniels

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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 book...it 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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By T.H. on March 8, 2013
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This book completely debunked my cynicism and pessimism about missions, poverty alleviation, and the church. I never knew there was so many good reasons to be enthusiastic, excited, and optimistic about anything. Please read it.
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By keith daniels on February 18, 2013
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I watched the video online and found myself deeply challenged to live out my faith. I highly recommend this book but more importantly one should visit the website live58.org and see what is all about!
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By William Blair on February 11, 2013
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I enjoyed this book from the first chapter to the last chapter.We all can do what the author said in this book.
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Fast Living will help you understand how we can end poverty in our lifetime and give practical guidelines for doing so. Highly Recommend.
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I usually struggle to get through Christian books but this one gripped me and I flew through it. It has left me hungry to fight the injustices in this world and has opened my eyes to just how achievable it it to end poverty in a generation if we do what we are called to do. Everyone needs to read this, even if you don't have a faith.
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By pastor mark on February 18, 2012
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This book by Dr. Scott Todd is such a critically needed book in our American Church environment. With so many priorities being pushed to the forefront of the American Church like entertainment, being Green, and what we should or should not embrace, instead Dr Todd has helped bring focus to the heart of God. Isaiah 58 clearly outlines what the heart of God is towards the poor. I was so profoundly moved by the film and the book that I am advocating for this organized movement everywhere I go. This is not another "feel guilty for being a rich Christian in America" book. This is a wakeup call to American Christians who have money and want to do more with it than just buy a larger house or a larger TV, and instead want to put it to work changing the world.

Just 1-3 percent of your income as an American Christian can literally change the world in the course of 10-15 years. Imagine a world without "extreme poverty" which is defined as someone living on less than $1.53 a day. This is not about relative poverty; it is about extreme poverty and its ugly effects all over the globe.

Yes, read the book, please read it...
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