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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (January 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310290767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310290766
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book about love … not the sentimental love of fairy tales and romance novels. This is a book about the love that keeps us up at night---restless with poverty, groaning with a wounded creation, raging over the madness of militarism. It is an invitation to feel, and ache, and cry over the broken world that God so loves … and it is an invitation to reimagine it. -- Shane Claiborne|A winsome book about injustice? That is what Mike and Danae Yankoski have managed to do with Zealous Love. It disarms and captivates the reader with great stories about and by people on the front lines, solid data and information about the struggle, and scores of helpful things we can all do right now to side with the poor---God’s favorite people group. -- Ben Patterson|The two greatest commandments of God speak about love---love of God and love for our neighbors. But love that is not demonstrated is no love at all. “For God so loved the world ... that He acted … He did something … He sent His Son, Jesus, to be our salvation. And Jesus has now sent us to love the same world that He died for. Read this book and feel the pain in our world---then do something, because that’s what Zealous Love is all about. -- Richard Stearns|Every Christian in America needs to read Zealous Love. It’s just what we need to open our eyes to the hurting people around the world that are crying out for our attention. I have people ask me all the time for practical ways to get involved in caring for “the least of these.” This book will not only be a powerful resource in their hands; it will lead us all back to the heartbeat of God. -- Francis Chan|Timely. Accessible. Comprehensive. Zealous Love explores the world’s most challenging issues and calls us to a radical biblical pursuit of love and justice in accordance with God’s will. -- Ken Wytsma|Zealous Love engages our imaginations and practices with stories of people who know the breadth and depth of God’s love for the world and the odd blessing of being misfits in the world for the sake of faithfulness to the way of Jesus Christ. It invites us to the full life of discipleship to Jesus Christ that joyfully grows beyond a concern for my own salvation and peace of mind to embrace God’s redeeming work throughout creation. Read it. Live it. Know the abundant joy of God’s zealous love for the world. -- Jonathan R. Wilson|While terms like “prophetic” and “social justice” are too often paired with edgy, angry individuals guilt-tripping others to share their ideology, Mike and Danae offer us helpful information alongside invitational and riveting stories. In so doing, they are able to provide true hope, genuine inspiration, and a concrete path for action. -- Dr. Rod Wilson|This compelling book invites readers into an honest and timely conversation that retrieves the ancient meaning of that word---to walk with. The stories gathered here invite us not only to hear and reflect on the lives of those who suffer, but to participate, in entirely possible and practical ways, in the great work of healing. No one will emerge from these readings unchanged or unchallenged, or uncertain about what to do. Many hands are extended here to clasp ours and lead us to those whose needs may teach us how to walk humbly, in love. -- Marilyn McEntyre|As the voices of the next generation of North American evangelical Christianity, Mike and Danae Yankoski are impressive in both their passion and their pragmatism. They combine clarity of thought and excellent organization of material with personal candor and passion in this book which will not merely stir the reader, but move her to act---and to that end, give her some basic information and first steps. As one of the contributors to this volume puts it, “We must overcome the noise of our affluence” in order to hear and respond to Christ’s call in the cries of our neighbors. In Zealous Love, Mike and Danae present the church with a “hearing aid” to help us with that process. -- Maxine Hancock, Ph.D

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'I Want to Help. But the World's Problems Seem So Big. What Can One Person Do?' If you're passionate about helping others---but aren't sure where or how to focus your energy---Zealous Love offers information and ideas to help you integrate social justice into your life. The hope woven into every word of Zealous Love is this: God will move and direct you to act on your desire to love your neighbors in need, both globally and locally. Zealous Love introduces you to eight of the world's most pressing challenges: hunger, unclean water, HIV/AIDS, creation degradation, lack of education, economic inequality, refugees, and human trafficking. But it does more than educate. It provides real, practical, do-able steps anyone can take to help make a difference. Each of the engaging chapters features first-person contributions from people like Dave Batstone (Not for Sale), Scott Todd (Compassion International), Sean Litton (International Justice Mission), Debbie Diederich (World Vision), Shane Claiborne (The Simple Way), Wendell Berry, Marva Dawn, and many others. Each contributor saw a need and decided to do something about it. They aren't 'Super Christians.' They're just everyday people, like you, who wanted their faith to be more than just good intentions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book will challenge you, convict you, and help you learn to express the love of Christ in real and practical ways.
"Zealous Love: A Practical Guide to Social Justice" is a thoughtful, direct guide to help people understand what we can do to make this a better world.
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I love it too as a 40-something Christian who believes that Jesus was a Radical Social Justice Activist, and Savior and Redeemer.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Laurence T. Baxter VINE VOICE on May 9, 2010
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Zealous Love covers eight extremely important problems that we face today: human trafficking, unclean water, refugees, hunger, lack of education, creation degradation, HIV and AIDS, and economic inequality. The book is full of beautiful pictures, is well produced (overproduced?), and the heart of the authors and contributors shines through very clearly. I don't know as much as I would like about social justice issues, and given the subtitle of the book, "A Practical Guide to Social Justice" I was hoping to be find some very practical ideas on how to get involved.

I wanted to like the book more than I did, but was disappointed in several respects. The title, inside and back cover highlight how practical the book is, but I'm just not seeing it. The foreword praises how this book shows ways that ordinary people can make a difference, but many stories are about exceptional people leaving all behind to life in a developing nation. Inspiring? Yes! Something practical I can get out and do tomorrow? Less so. The introduction assures us they're not going to lay on the guilt, but proceeds to pile it on about how tremendously fortunate we in the West are compared to the rest of the world (very true, but that much I already knew). The format of the book is to present a large number of stories/pitches from many different agencies and groups that are addressing these issues - the problem is that it starts to sound like an infomercial not long into the book.

There's much good in the book, and the message it tries to share is very important; I can see why many reviewers like the book and hope others will listen well. Each section contains a useful 'briefing' with some information on why the issue is important.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Mann VINE VOICE on January 27, 2010
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Zealous love consists of eight sections, one each for
* human trafficking,
* unclean water,
* refugees,
* hunger,
* education,
* the environment,
* HIV and AIDS,
* and economic inequality.
Each section consists of an introduction, which the authors call the "briefing." These introductions tend to give numbers and facts that document the problem. (Numerous footnotes seem to indicate that the numbers are at least colorably accurate.) These briefings probably do not tell the reader much that he or she did not already know, at least on some vague level. Though the scale of human trafficking might come as a shock, for example, the existence of the problem shouldn't.

After the briefing are "field notes," first-hand accounts from a variety of sources. Some are from missionaries telling about their experiences among refugees, some from church leaders who have led their churches to reduce Christmas spending or to be more active givers to charity, and some are from people who have simply toned down their lives by eliminating what they do not need.

Each section concludes with a "What Now?" section that asks the reader to reflect and then, perhaps, respond. This section contains a variety of references--websites, addresses, and so forth.

This is a book aimed at Christians, filled with scriptural references. The focus is not on spreading the Word but on alleviating the injustices in the world, and to that end, the book is relatively free of specific doctrine and thus should appeal to all Christians, from the most evangelical to the most progressive or liberal. In other words, "Zealous Love" is not an attempt to proselytize. It is an attempt to get believers to respond to the greatest problems the world faces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LMS on April 8, 2010
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A word to the wise, if you are a Christian who doesn't like reading about important, yet thorny issues, then skip this book.

But if you are willing to get your hands dirty and get active, then read this book. This book will put you through the gamut of emotions. It will make you angry, it will make you think, and it may even make you cry. The chapters in this book are short, but they deal with very real and very important problems in our world, some that are very rarely discussed. Some of the issues discussed are modern day slavery, hungry, AIDS, Refugees, and lack of clean water. Each chapter includes a brief about the subject being discussed. Then it tells the stories of people who have been affected by each issue in some way. Some have have first-hand, real-life experience with the issue being discussed. But there are stories of people who chose to get involved and truly try to make a difference. Most of these problems are so huge that there is a very real tendency to think "I'm just one person, how much of a difference can I really make?" I once read a quote that I think applies to the problems discussed in this book perfectly. It's a quote by Christian author taking from his book "The Edge of Eternity" "How do you help a billion people? One person at a time." We may not be able to help the whole world, but if each Christian commits to doing their part and helping one person think of the difference and impact would could have on our world. Then, the authors also list books and websites pertaining to each issue. These can be used for research on each issue. There are also practical ways that people can get involved.
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Michael Yankoski is a writer, aspiring theologian, and urban homesteader who dreams of becoming a competent woodworker, musician, and sailor.

He graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA; received his MA in theological studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia; is a (novitiate) Oblate of St. Benedict, and has authored four books.

Michael grew up in Colorado, feels at home on the Pacific Coast, and currently resides in Indiana, where he and his wife are pursuing PhDs at the University of Notre Dame.

Web: www.MichaelYankoski.com
Facebook: fb.com/myankoski
Twitter: @michaelyankoski

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