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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626980500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626980501
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Editors Griffin and Block draw readers into conversation between two extraordinary men with uncommon dedication to serving the world's poor." --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard University; Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; and a founding director of Partners in Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer is also the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti, under Special Envoy Bill Clinton. Aside from his own many books, he is the subject of Tracy Kidder's Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer.

Gustavo Gutiérrez, a Dominican theologian from Peru, is widely recognized as one of the preeminent voices of liberation theology. His books include A Theology of Liberation, On Job, We Drink from Our Own Wells, and The God of Life.

Jennie Weiss Block, OP, serves as Chief Advisor to Dr. Paul Farmer.

Michael Griffin teaches theology at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Donaghy on December 21, 2013
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The articles, speeches, and interviews in this volume open a way to look at the relationship of the rich world to the poor world with both compassion and expertise. One of the first liberation theologians, Gustavo Gutiérrez, is in dialogue with Paul Farmer who has done much in medical work in Haiti, Perú, and elsewhere.
Worth careful study.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon Foley on January 8, 2014
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I have been influenced by both of these men in different areas of my life and was excited to see this collaboration. I was encouraged to see the connections made between theology and global health. This seems very natural to me but I do not see this often enough. It was nice to see a deeper view about the impact liberation theology has made on Dr. Farmer and PIH as well as how his beliefs have grown since that first reading years ago. Highly recommend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Will Wauters on November 30, 2013
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Authenticity of both Gutierrez and Farmer and the intelligence of their analysis.Their humanity and love for each other and for the poor was evident throughout.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Strittmatter on January 22, 2014
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A great text. The book goes back and forth between Dr. Farmer and Friar Gustavo Gutierrez. In this text Farmer comes out and says it all. He reinforces and builds on his philosophy for helping the poor and destitute sick or rather accompanying them. He does this by referencing many outside texts and some older texts of his own, it is in this book Farmer "comes out" as a christian. While I believe this has always been evident in his prior texts, they always seemed more secular. The appeal of this book is that even if you are not Catholic or Christian for that matter you can get on board with their philosophy, in fact Farmer bluntly welcomes those from all faiths.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cory T on February 23, 2014
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This is a helpful look into how Liberation Theology informs modern work with the poor. The book is a bit dense and incorporates new material and older texts in a way that seems to leave some holes, but the book's timing, coming as Pope Francis begins his tenure, bringing an understanding of the gospel that seems synthesized in the best teachings of Liberation Theology, makes it helpful to "get up to speed" on a modern look at what has been too long a distrusted and unexplored theology in the West.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D VanDeusen on February 21, 2014
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This is fairly serious and scholarly stuff, compared to what I usually read. But I found propositions put forth by Father Gutierrez and Doctor Farmer to be compelling reminders that we all have certain responsibilities to each other -- being neutral is not an acceptable option -- and that there are many ways to practice liberation theology with medicine Paul Farmer's particular choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Briones on December 10, 2013
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A must read for everyone. This is an excellent book especially in this current cultural / economical environment in which we live
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Callister on December 8, 2013
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Two of the great ones of our time. Only these two could come together and write something this motivating and moving.
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Paul Farmer is UN's Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and Chair of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard. He is also Professor of Anthropology at Harvard Medical School, chief of Social Medicine and Inequalities at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and founding director of Partners In Health. Among his numerous awards and honors is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's "genius award."

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