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Smart Compassion: How to Stop "Doing Outreach" and Start Making Change Paperback – February 1, 2017
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"Don t read Smart Compassion if you want your church to remain safe and comfortable. Read it if you want to fully immerse yourself in God s plan for mercy, justice, and healing in your neighborhood."--John M. Perkins, bestselling author
"Love your neighbor: Jesus simple command can take a lifetime to master. While there is no shortage of resources for Christians and churches about living out this command, I m grateful for guidance that emphasizes relationships and incarnational ministry. That s what you get with Wesley Furlong s book: a smart approach to compassion that comes with a lot of heart."--Richard Sterns, president of World Vision U.S. and author of The Hole in Our Gospel
Built on important and well-recognized principles and full of helpful examples, Smart Compassion provides pathways and inspirations to move us to be with and walk with people. The reader will appreciate being moved beyond doing acts of charity to actions that draw us into entering into the lives of others in tangible ways. Read Smart Compassion and you will be ready to answer its call to start waging shalom.'--Steve Corbett, coauthor of When Helping Hurts
"If you want to make a difference in your community, you need to read this book. Wesley Furlong is unique in that he is both a thought leader and a practitioner. Smart Compassion is full of tools that will help you make a lasting impact."--Dave Runyon, coauthor of the The Art of Neighboring
"We are called to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength--but too often, we forget to engage our minds. Furlong's new book is sobering and enlightening, a call to cultivate love and justice as we actively love our neighbors. Ultimately, Smart Compassion teaches us to love as Christ has loved us, bringing holistic transformation to our hearts and our minds."--Peter Greer, president & CEO of HOPE International and coauthor of "Mission Drift" (10/18/2016)<br \><br \>
"Wes Furlong's work and writing combines great storytelling with insights and applications that will transform people and places. The concepts of healing presence, radical hospitality, and collective empowerment are a Christ-centered framework for life, church, and community transformation. A book worth reading, but even more worth living."--Brian D. Bennett, founder and pastor, Overflow Church (10/18/2016)<br \><br \>
"Smart Compassion captured my heart from the moment author Wes Furlong asked us to consider this central question of how to spend your life well on behalf of others. Through careful examination of Scripture and practical steps, he invites and challenges us to consider what 'doing better' looks like. A great read!"--Beth Guckenberger, cofounder of Back2Back Ministries and author of "Start with Amen" (10/18/2016)<br \><br \>
"One size doesn't fit all when it comes to engaging needs in the people around us. Furlong's work gives practical advice on how to customize your response appropriately so that people are genuinely helped. This insight will both free and fire you up! Your community will be glad you read this book!"--Reggie McNeal, author of "Missional Renaissance and Kingdom Come" (10/18/2016)
"Furlong shows us the way to act on the prayer that Jesus gave us: We want your kingdom to come here and now, in this particular place and in me, as it is in heaven. If you really do want that prayer answered, read this book."--Richard Kriegbaum, president of Fresno Pacific University (10/18/2016)
"Smart Compassion puts love for one's neighbor into shoe leather. Our life in faith is to be relational, first with our Lord but in turn with all whom we meet. This is a stimulating read."--Myron Augsburger, president emeritus, Eastern Mennonite University (10/18/2016)
About the Author
Wesley Furlong is the founder and director of City of Refuge, a network for community transformation, and the director of church development for EVANA, an evangelical Anabaptist network of churches across North America. Furlong holds a master's degree in theology from Emory University and is working toward a PhD in social work. He and his wife, Bonnie, have three kids and an ever-changing number of foster children. Connect with him at WesleyFurlong.com.
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I highly recommend this book if you are ready for positive change in your church/ministry.
Pastor Larissa Moore