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Timely, informative reflections on the relationship between poverty and Christianity, the responsibilities of the haves and have-nots, and the lessons Christians can learn from the poor.

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Timely, informative reflections on the relationship between poverty and Christianity, the responsibilities of the haves and have-nots, and the lessons Christians can learn from the poor.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060653078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060653071
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bethany McKinney Fox on September 18, 2001
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The strength of this book lies in its total honesty and realistic look at life in the inner-city living life and doing ministry among the urban poor. Lupton doesn't shy away from the hard questions, but answers them boldly with the words of Jesus. He exhorts us to be radical in our servanthood of our neighbors, and to sacrifice ourselves for others. In other words, he just calls us to what Jesus calls us to. This book is very easy and quick to read, but the lessons learned in this book can be pondered and worked out in a real-life context over and over again. This is certainly one of the best books I have ever read that encourages you to take the Gospel seriously in the inner-city. It's worth far more than the time it will take you to read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William Krischke VINE VOICE on June 3, 2000
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Lupton's continual struggle to apply the words of Christ in the real world -- the inner city, nonetheless -- are powerful and poignant. He preaches a joyfully dirty Christianity, where the true servants of Christ are not afraid to get their hands dirty, to give with no thought for tomorrow, to be broken and needy and open and loving. This is not your grandmother's religion. He rejoices, he fumes, he laughs and he cries. The chapters are staccato short, and you'll probably read half the book in one night. Each section is anecdotal, ground in examples from his own experience. Out of these experiences, he raises much needed questions about our relationship to the poor, the ways we give, our relationship to Christ, and the difference between Americanism and Christianity. Like his Lord, Lupton has learned how to say "You have heard it said...but I tell you instead..." these pieces are powerful, gentle, disturbing and encouraging. I have just returned from leading an urban missions project, where we read this book alongside working in the inner city. Not only does it paint a wonderfully accurate picture -- so much more complex than the standard view of the inner city -- but it puts into words things that need to be said. I feel indebted to Mr. Lupton, not only for teaching me much but for speaking for me. A great book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Larson on July 26, 2001
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Having worked in urban ministries, I can realte much more to Lupton's book than I can to any stories from the mainstream media. He draws the reader right in to the realities of urban life, and in his delightful vignettes makes his neighbors your neighbors. He takes what the media might call "street people" and helps us see each one as a PERSON with a face, personality, and most importantly, a soul.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Parker on May 25, 2005
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This book is fantastic. Bob Lupton gets to the heart of what the Kingdom is really like - something easily forgotten by affluent Christians in America like myself. Although I am currently a seminary student and regularly reading big, old books on theology, this little book absolutely stands out as one that has changed my thinking, and given me a more Christ-centered view of the world and the way Christians should see the world. Thank you Bob.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Fung on May 11, 2002
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Not that short books are inherently bad or good, but this tiny volume is able to pack it in without wasting words. I am amazed at how Lupton is able to express such profound and challenging concepts with such clarity and directness without coming across as anything less than loving and wanting us to love God more, and live accordingly.
Although this book is over 10 years old, the stories and lessons are still very applicable, and I can imagine the same situation occuring in inner cities everywhere. The issues are still around, and people are still yearning for the solution of Jesus Christ.
We American suburbanite Christians need to challenge our mindset, our assumptions that we have been so content with for so long. This book is a great place to start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mnf2@po.cwru.edu on March 18, 1999
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This book is a collection of vignettes from someone who has been doing urban ministry for a long time. The author's down-to-earth honesty coupled with his keen writing makes the issues of urban work come alive and challenges the reader to think through his/her values and world-view. Best followed up by a good dose of the inner-city so that the reader can appreciate the dilemmas and difficulties that the author poses rather than fooling him/herself with a bunch of theory. A must read for anyone who lives, works, or ministers in the city.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1999
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Robert Lupton's poignant vignettes point to the power of Jesus to change not only economically, socially, and spiritually the inner-cities of America, but the power of Jesus to change our lives in that context. This is required reading for the short-term urban ministry program that my husband and I direct, and a must-read for anyone thinking about, praying for, or in ministry to our inner-cities. Be prepared--this book will change your heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on July 24, 2004
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This is one of my favorite books and I've read it several times. I love the honest way Lupton shares how he has struggled to understand and live out the Gospel in the urban setting in which he ministers. The stories are short but profound. Some will challenge the way you view the world, some will break your heart. There are no deep theological discussions, just simple narratives conveying important truths that lead the reader to a deeper understanding of the Gospel.
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