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Posted October 1, 2011
Fast Living How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty Scott C. Todd, PhD © 2011 by Compassion, International Compassion International Publisher ISBN 978-1-936899-00-5 189 pp. plus endnotes (ppbk) Part 1: The Death and Resurrection of Expectations We haven't eradicated world poverty because we expect the job is too big. Author Todd quotes William Carey: Expect great things of God. Attempt great things for God. Scott Todd says low expectations are a tyranny that can be conquered. In the first eight chapters of this easy to read, but profound book, we read of the fast God expects of us and that helping the poor is a source of healing for us and our nation. Part 2: Poverty Is Not an Unconquerable Mystery These five chapters discuss why kids around the world die and about how we quote out of context what Jesus really meant in Mt. 26:11, "The poor you will always have with you." In a single weekend (Black Friday of Thanksgiving, 2009) Americans spent twice what would provide clean water to every person on earth. Part 3: What Kind of People Will End Extreme Poverty? Faith-based organizations have attacked poverty successfully for over two thousand years. The church has the resources to end poverty. Part 4: The Primary Colors of Social Change Who are the ideal people to end poverty? Needed, a strategy that involves churches, individuals, social agencies, businesses and government. Part 5: Catalysts and Strategy Fast living is living the fast that honors God. William Buffet and Bill Gates are examples of fast living. We must involve and teach the next generation how to eradicate world poverty. By 2035, 98% of poverty could be gone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2011
This book inspired me. While poverty and its causes are complex and multi-faceted, Fast Living helped simplify and clarify the issues. We can change the world, simply by choosing to obey God's call to fast and pray (as described in Isaiah 58).
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 to learn specifics about how they can help.