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Activist Faith: From Him and For Him Paperback – July 15, 2013
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Here's the thing I love best about this book:
This isn't about a couple "important" people making their voices heard and making things happen. It's about every single man and woman who sits in a church pew on Sunday mornings (and several who don't) doing something awesome in response to the amazing gift we've been given (Dan King, from the introduction).
In a season of folks "liking" a Facebook page and considering that an important step forward, we all need this reminder.
Because the truth is, we can tweet for an end to starvation all day long, but it won't fill a single belly.
This trio means to grow a movement. They want their lives to count beyond the circle of their own family and friends. They want to serve.
The book is organized into chapters, each addressing a different issue: Human trafficking, immigration, poverty, environmentalism, disaster response, homelessness, abortion, war/terror/genocide, religious persecution, family instability, prison reform, and orphans.
Which of those topics made your heart jump?
Each chapter, written by one of the three authors, includes a selection of scripture related to the topic, a survey of the current situation today and concludes with questions for reflection or discussion (Think it Through), tools and resources, and action steps. For example, in the chapter on emergency response, Dan King reminds us to give the help that's needed, not what makes you feel good about yourself.
So simple. So true. And sadly, so often overlooked.
I don't see sugarcoating in this book. That's important. In the chapter about orphans, for instance, the author (Dan King) does not shrink from discussing the complexities of adoption and the controversies that have drawn such attention lately, such as adoption separating intact families and child trafficking.
The key point of this book is that you don't have to move to Calcutta to serve and show Christ's love. Turning again to the adoption chapter, resources for action range from international adoption agencies to organizations supporting in-country adoption abroad, child sponsorship agencies, foster care, domestic adoption, mentoring, and supporting adoptive parents. Everyone can do one of those things. Everyone.
So they said, "Let us rise up and build." Then they set their hands to this good work. (Nehemiah 2:18 NKJV)
And that there is what the new book, "Activist Faith: From Him and For Him," by Burroughs, Darling, and King does - it helps us to better rise up and build right here and right now. Not later. Not when we have more money. Not when we have more free time. Not when we have more seminary training. Right. Now.
Together, these three men cover twelve topics, among them modern-day slavery, immigration, disaster relief, homelessness, prisons, and orphan care.
"My challenge to you is this: Learn all you can. Discover what is causing the problem and the underlying factors involved ... Then act. Do something. The world is waiting for you to do as my friend Charles says: `Don't watch the news. Do something that makes the news.'" (Burroughs, Dillon, Darling; 2013)
Yes, yes, each chapter of "Activist Faith" gives its readers excellent resources and practical tips on how you, me, and everyone from sea to shining sea, can put the rubber to the road in our journey as Christians. But wait, there is more! Much, much more. Each chapter unfolds as if you, the reader, sat across the dinner table from the authors... clanking forks, passing `round the bread basket, ya know, supping with friends, all while listening to each man as he tells his tale.
And shares the individual cries of his heart.
And reminds us of what the Word of God says about not only the least of these among us, but of our duties, from Him and for Him.