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Fast Living: How The Church Will End Extreme Poverty Paperback – September 1, 2011
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1. Collaborative: While we as Christians have so often been committed to building our own "kingdoms," Scott's book outlines how the Church can link arms together to address the whole-person needs of the world. Despite Scott's employment with Compassion International, his advocacy extends far beyond their work alone.
2. Optimistic: How many fundraising events have you been to where the message about poverty is depressing and defeated? This book tells a different story: It tells the story of the tremendous gains we have made over the past 30 years in alleviating extreme global poverty. The story is one of hope and enthusiasm for what is possible...not based on pipe dreams, but based on the successes of our recent history.
3. Challenging: This book does not suggest incremental life change. It challenges us to bold and unprecedented vision, in-step with William Wilberforce and his audacity to suggest that slavery could be abolished.
This book addresses all aspects of poverty and all types of antidotes, all of which are centered on the precious gospel of Jesus Christ.
Author Dr. Scott C. Todd makes an audacious claim in this short but powerful book: the church has the power to end extreme poverty within our lifetime. He points out that in 1981, 52 percent of the world's population lived in extreme poverty (living on less than $1.25 per day). Today, only 26 percent live in extreme poverty--the percentage has been cut in half in just 20 years. His statistics were very well-researched, and easy to understand.
Todd also asserts that malaria, measles and other disease rates are dropping dramatically, because of simple interventions like vaccines, mosquito nets and better access to water, education about hygiene and more. "We should not slump in defeat before an enemy that is already halfway dead," he writes.
This book is inspiring. The author challenges readers to get involved in the fight against poverty, and offers clear strategies about how to do so. He outlines small but powerful steps any person, even those who don't have a lot of resources, can take to make a difference. The author, who works with Compassion International, has clear but thoughtful explanations about why poverty exists and what we can do to change the world. He calls Christians to be generous, to not just be "concerned" about the poor, but to take action to help them. Every Christian should read this book, and then visit the related website, [...], to learn specifics about how they can help.
Fast Living: How The Church Will End Extreme Poverty
Just 1-3 percent of your income as an American Christian can literally change the world in the course of 10-15 years. Imagine a world without "extreme poverty" which is defined as someone living on less than $1.53 a day. This is not about relative poverty; it is about extreme poverty and its ugly effects all over the globe.
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CHURCH WILL END EXTREME POVERTY by Scott C. Todd, PhD
The author, a senior ministry advisor for Compassion International, brings about a...
Over my years of ministry, I've read my share of books on helping the needy.