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Posted January 5, 2010
Gives dignity to the poor and inspires movement
This book introduces a new way of looking at the poor and how we can serve them and recognize the gifts God has given them. I was impressed by the writing and enjoyed the stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2009
The Poor Will Be Glad is an incredible, nontechnical, overview of the current state of microfinance. If you want to read how MF got started pick up Yunus, but if you want to know whats happening now - read Greer. The authors do a tremendous job incorporating their faith throughout the text, and give great insight into how the church should be involved in MF.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Visually the book is stunning- full color photographs from the developing world are woven into nearly every page! This book deserves a place on your bookshelf but also could give your coffee table texts a run for their money!
A must read for anyone who is interested in microfinance.
Posted October 18, 2009
A Passionate Overview of Christian Microfinance
If you are looking for a connection between economic development and Christian ministry, then feel free to hit "add to cart" right now. This book not only connects the two, but does a beautiful job of showing how they should not be separated. Be ready to catch the authors' passion and do not be surprised if you find yourself reusing examples from this book to tell your friends and family about the benefits of microfinance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2009
Provocative and powerful look at holistic ministry which treats the poor with dignity
As a Christian, I found "The Poor Will Be Glad" to be a tremendous and much-needed overview of how the Church can truly help the poor around the world. We all know of the heartbreaking needs, but what can we tangibly do about it? How can we, here and now, use our time, talent and treasure to help the poor in a way which doesn't foster unhealthy dependency or strip the dignity of those we are trying to serve?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Greer and Smith beautifully and seamlessly weave together stories and practical solutions to these questions. For anyone just beginning to ask these hard questions, or deeply familiar with Christ-centered microfinance, you will find this book valuable.
I also appreciate their balanced view of the Gospel as holistic--word AND deed. They purport, and I agree, that our call as Christians is not an either/or proposition. We are called to share the Gospel both in demonstration and proclamation. This is an absolute must-read.