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"When Bob Lupton speaks of the inner city, the rest of us ought to sit up and take notice....[His work is] deeply disturbing--in the best sense of the word."--Philip Yancey, author of "Disappointment with God""A work born...in the passion and pain of a man wrestling with God....A gripping discovery of God's grace where we least expect to find it--in the decaying core of the city."--Ronald A. Nikkel, president, Prison Fellowship International"The story of Lupton's ministry is one of the most inspiring in America. Those of us who are trying to accomplish something of value in urban settings look to him and his co-workers as models."--Tony Campolo

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Timely, informative reflections on the relationship between poverty and Christianity, the responsibilities of the haves and have-nots, and the lessons Christians can learn from the poor.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060653078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060653071
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The strength of this book lies in its total honesty and realistic look at life in the inner-city living life and doing ministry among the urban poor. Lupton doesn't shy away from the hard questions, but answers them boldly with the words of Jesus. He exhorts us to be radical in our servanthood of our neighbors, and to sacrifice ourselves for others. In other words, he just calls us to what Jesus calls us to. This book is very easy and quick to read, but the lessons learned in this book can be pondered and worked out in a real-life context over and over again. This is certainly one of the best books I have ever read that encourages you to take the Gospel seriously in the inner-city. It's worth far more than the time it will take you to read.
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Lupton's continual struggle to apply the words of Christ in the real world -- the inner city, nonetheless -- are powerful and poignant. He preaches a joyfully dirty Christianity, where the true servants of Christ are not afraid to get their hands dirty, to give with no thought for tomorrow, to be broken and needy and open and loving. This is not your grandmother's religion. He rejoices, he fumes, he laughs and he cries. The chapters are staccato short, and you'll probably read half the book in one night. Each section is anecdotal, ground in examples from his own experience. Out of these experiences, he raises much needed questions about our relationship to the poor, the ways we give, our relationship to Christ, and the difference between Americanism and Christianity. Like his Lord, Lupton has learned how to say "You have heard it said...but I tell you instead..." these pieces are powerful, gentle, disturbing and encouraging. I have just returned from leading an urban missions project, where we read this book alongside working in the inner city. Not only does it paint a wonderfully accurate picture -- so much more complex than the standard view of the inner city -- but it puts into words things that need to be said. I feel indebted to Mr. Lupton, not only for teaching me much but for speaking for me. A great book.
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Having worked in urban ministries, I can realte much more to Lupton's book than I can to any stories from the mainstream media. He draws the reader right in to the realities of urban life, and in his delightful vignettes makes his neighbors your neighbors. He takes what the media might call "street people" and helps us see each one as a PERSON with a face, personality, and most importantly, a soul.
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This book is fantastic. Bob Lupton gets to the heart of what the Kingdom is really like - something easily forgotten by affluent Christians in America like myself. Although I am currently a seminary student and regularly reading big, old books on theology, this little book absolutely stands out as one that has changed my thinking, and given me a more Christ-centered view of the world and the way Christians should see the world. Thank you Bob.
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Not that short books are inherently bad or good, but this tiny volume is able to pack it in without wasting words. I am amazed at how Lupton is able to express such profound and challenging concepts with such clarity and directness without coming across as anything less than loving and wanting us to love God more, and live accordingly.
Although this book is over 10 years old, the stories and lessons are still very applicable, and I can imagine the same situation occuring in inner cities everywhere. The issues are still around, and people are still yearning for the solution of Jesus Christ.
We American suburbanite Christians need to challenge our mindset, our assumptions that we have been so content with for so long. This book is a great place to start.
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Fantastic book. Gives one a heartbreaking view into the lives of those effected by poverty; but also delivers hope to those wanting to be a part of change. The book is a number of 1-3 page vignettes/reflections on the author's experiences. Great for personal contemplation, or larger group conversation/devotionals.
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This book is a collection of vignettes from someone who has been doing urban ministry for a long time. The author's down-to-earth honesty coupled with his keen writing makes the issues of urban work come alive and challenges the reader to think through his/her values and world-view. Best followed up by a good dose of the inner-city so that the reader can appreciate the dilemmas and difficulties that the author poses rather than fooling him/herself with a bunch of theory. A must read for anyone who lives, works, or ministers in the city.
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Robert Lupton's poignant vignettes point to the power of Jesus to change not only economically, socially, and spiritually the inner-cities of America, but the power of Jesus to change our lives in that context. This is required reading for the short-term urban ministry program that my husband and I direct, and a must-read for anyone thinking about, praying for, or in ministry to our inner-cities. Be prepared--this book will change your heart.
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