From Publishers Weekly
In this autobiography, author and retired pastor Simon traces the path of his life to show how he began and developed Bread for the World, the influential religious lobby on hunger. Simon's past experience with the civil rights movement laid the groundwork for a life championing rights for the oppressed and underprivileged. While taking leave from pastoral duties to study hunger, Simon saw Christianity as the social force that could push government to change hunger policy, thereby aiding the impoverished. He forged a lobbying organization that gained congressional approval for two grain reserves; amassed more than 58,000 members; attracted leaders like Bono and Bob Dole; and obtained $15.5 billion in funding for poverty-stricken countries in 2008 alone. As he takes readers through a crash course on hunger policy and the workings of a Christian nonprofit, Simon applauds all those who helped leave their fingerprints on the struggle to overcome world hunger. If readers can have patience through the chapters on Simon's early years, they will find themselves cheering on a humble, mission-driven organization—and perhaps be persuaded to join the movement. (July)
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About the Author
Arthur Simon is the founder and president emeritus of Bread for the World, the nation s foremost citizens lobby on hunger. As a Lutheran pastor on New York s Lower East Side, he brought together Catholics and Protestants to organize a public outcry against hunger. His book, Bread for the World, won the national Religious Book Award in 1976 and was described by the late Nobel economist, Gunnar Myrdal, as a clear and convincing analysis of world hunger. In 1990 Simon received a presidential award for lifetime achievement against hunger.