Fast Living: How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty

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In this accessible and straightforward book, Dr. Scott C. Todd outlines a battle plan and vision for the war on extreme poverty by pointing out the progress made in the last few decades. Most compellingly, he notes that In 1981, 52% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty (living on less than $1 a day). As of 2005 that number is 26%. “We have cut the percentage of people living in extreme poverty in half. And we did it in one generation!” the author asserts. Based on the themes of Isaiah 58, Fast ...
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Overview

In this accessible and straightforward book, Dr. Scott C. Todd outlines a battle plan and vision for the war on extreme poverty by pointing out the progress made in the last few decades. Most compellingly, he notes that In 1981, 52% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty (living on less than $1 a day). As of 2005 that number is 26%. “We have cut the percentage of people living in extreme poverty in half. And we did it in one generation!” the author asserts. Based on the themes of Isaiah 58, Fast Living presents a theological foundation, hard statistics, and human stories that can motivate a generation of Christians to end extreme global poverty. The book calls the church to lead the war on poverty by fasting and praying, and joining with organizations that are already doing mission and humanitarian work around the world. Dr. Todd encourages the Christian Church to take its rightful position in the battle against poverty. 100% of the proceeds from Fast Living will benefit children in need.
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“A refreshing, even daring new perspective—extreme poverty doesn’t have to exist! Here’s a book that converts the skeptical and energizes the Church. There’s no place for extreme poverty to hide from the power of God’s people.” --Dr. Wess Stafford, President & CEO, Compassion International "Fast Living both strikes a chord and hits a nerve. It is insightful and provocative. It will help many people break free from the "low expectations" trap." --John Ortberg, Senior Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church; Author of The Me I Want to Be "Fast Living turns conventional thinking about poverty on its head and invites us to follow Christ in ways that profoundly change the world." --Stephen Bauman, President/CEO, World Relief “Dr. Scott Todd delivered one of the best presentations I’ve seen at Q ... The data are convincing, the call is compelling ... Scott is architecting one of the great efforts of the global Church.” --Gabe Lyons, author of The Next Christians and founder of Q "I loved, loved, loved it!" --Robin Hersma, mother of four and foster parent “Fast Living is a compelling call to have followers of Jesus Christ fast forward the end of extreme poverty. Scott Todd is a modern-day William Wilberforce who brings passion, Scripture, and strategy to ignite the Church for world-changing action.” --Peter Greer, President & CEO, HOPE International
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  • ISBN-13: 9781936899005
  • Publisher: Compassion International, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Scott Todd is the Senior Ministry Advisor of Compassion International and one of the chief architects of 58: Fast forward. The end of poverty. Combining his analytical background in academic research and immunology with his passion for the cause of Christ, he speaks plainly about what is possible when the Church bands together in strategic actions fueled with compassion. He is a champion for the poor. An encourager of the Church. And a voice speaking to a new generation of Christians eager to make a difference. For more from Dr. Scott Todd, visit his blog at truefast.live58.org.
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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Extreme World Poverty CAN Be Eradicated

    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.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Practical, yet inspiring! A must-read!

    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.

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