Monday, January 21, 2013

Quote: When Helping Hurts

From the Introduction of When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself:
North American Christians are simply not doing enough. We are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth. Period. Yet, most of us live as though there is nothing terribly wrong in the world. We attend our kids' soccer games, pursue our careers, and take beach vacations while 40 percent of the world's inhabitants struggle just to eat every day. And in our own backyards, the homeless, those residing in ghettos, and a wave of immigrants live in a world outside the economic and social mainstream of North America. We do not necessarily need to feel guilty about our wealth. But we do need to get up every morning with a deep sense that something is terribly wrong with the world and yearn and strive to do something about it. There is simply not enough yearning and striving going on.

3 comments:

  1. This looks good. I'll have to add it to my list. I see that David Platt wrote the foreward. His book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream was very good. Our church read it in 2011, and this makes me want to go back and read it again. Platt has a new book coming out soon that I'm also looking forward to reading.

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  2. Wow, that sounds very interesting! I hope you post more about it. I wish I had book money to spend or a decent library in my town that would by a book like this!

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  3. So far, it's really good. I think I'll be posting more about it. Amber, can you get it from inter-library loan? I had to wait a couple of months for it just from our local library, though, so there might not be a lot of copies for other libraries.

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