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About the Author

Scott Miller is co-founder and CEO of Move the Mountain Leadership Center. For more than twenty years, he has provided training and consulting to help communities across the country understand and engage in high-impact strategies to end poverty. He is an inspiring speaker and author of Move the Mountain: The Transformational Planning Guide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: aha! Process (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934583014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934583012
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. E. Can on June 22, 2008
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Finally, a book based on more than theory...a book based in research and practice. This is a very personal book from the authors perspective describing a developing model for fighting poverty in America that is working. I would recommend it for anyone wanting to eliminate poverty in their local community, someone willing to challenge the status quo and be a road warrior in this battle. The book is personal and practical, and leads you to think that it really might be possible to end poverty in America, just like it was possible to end slavery, if only we have the will to do so. I'd highly recommend this selection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Booth on May 14, 2012
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I bought this book hoping that I would learn more about the Circles movement and how to implement such a program to help get people out of poverty. Unfortunately, very little of the book is about that topic. For example, Chapter 9 is actually about the reader's need to remove clutter from his life. Seriously. Until It's Gone would have benefited enormously from an editor, and from real content.

"Being chronically deadly serious about society's great conundrums is anithetical to the life process. Each one of us is vastly interesting---as is a rainbow or even the tiny algae comprising 'pond scum'! On some level, it is hilarious that what can bring fulfillment is right under our feet and only a touch away from the next human being, yet we can feel a neeed to travel to the moon and back looking for it. We need to savor our humanity and the earth while we go about saving it. The one who laughs first has more fun." -- Chapter 13

The rest of the book that isn't about topics such as global warming or the dangers of clutter can be summarized as: poverty is bad and you should do something about it. There are a few stories from participants in the Circles movement, but they aren't organized in any way.
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As a new ally in the Circles program where I live, I wanted to read more from the founder. I had become disappointed at how much of the Circles stuff I was being exposed to completely avoided personal responsibility to focus on systemic issues. Clearly there are systemic issues, and this book highlights some of them, but most people in poverty do bear some responsibility for being there due to their own choices. Sadly the book almost completely ignores these issues. The first of too few references to personal responsibility comes 21% into the book.

He does do a fair job at discussing what amounts to a pretty politically liberal view of the problem. He says things like "Everyone in a community contributes in some way to the problem of poverty" and "Responsibility for ending poverty rests with every individual as we interact in federal, state, and local governments; in business communities; in our neighborhoods and faith communities; and in our families."

While I found the book easy to read, it is like one reviewer said more of an amalgamation of ideas than a coherent thought that is gradually developed over the chapters. When he does offer a solution, it basically boils down to tax rich people more and get the middle class to live simpler lives so they can give more of their time and money to poor people.

Being this disappointed in the book will not make me drop out of Circles. I suppose these programs are more about the local team than the program's creator.
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