The Poor Will Be Glad

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A compelling call to carry God’s mercy and compassion to the hurting people of this world
This eminently practical book by two leading experts in the field of poverty reduction offers a clear plan to help ordinary Christians translate their compassion into thoughtful action.
Authors Peter Greer and Phil Smith draw on their personal experiences to provide proven solutions for effectively reducing poverty. With photographs by Jeremy Cowart ...
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The Poor Will Be Glad: Joining the Revolution to Lift the World Out of Poverty

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Overview

A compelling call to carry God’s mercy and compassion to the hurting people of this world
This eminently practical book by two leading experts in the field of poverty reduction offers a clear plan to help ordinary Christians translate their compassion into thoughtful action.
Authors Peter Greer and Phil Smith draw on their personal experiences to provide proven solutions for effectively reducing poverty. With photographs by Jeremy Cowart included throughout, The Poor Will Be Glad examines the pitfalls of traditional approaches and outlines a new model of economic development aimed at breaking the cycle of dependency.
Through microfinance and employment-based solutions, people who share God’s heart for the poor can reorient their efforts from giving handouts to offering a hand up, helping others provide for their families and regain their dignity. This book provides straightforward guidance for individuals and groups eager to carry God’s justice, mercy, and compassion to the hurting people in our world.
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It’s unusual to discover an engaging, detailed and affecting manual delineating a Christian approach to alleviating global poverty. That’s what Greer and Smith have given readers in this resource-rich guide to how individuals, businesses, churches and denominational groups can use the basics of microfinance—the provision of financial services to the poor—to partner with communities and find “employment-based solutions with proven results for effectively reducing poverty and extending the kingdom of God.” Greer, president of the Christian relief organization HOPE International, and Smith, a retired businessman and philanthropist, are enthusiastic realists, aware of the challenges facing those who are severely poor; the difficulties, new skills and patience required in churches that want to be catalysts for change; and the complexities of partnering with corporations that may have other, sometimes conflicting, agendas. The book works in large part because of the real-life experience, passion and dedication that both men, who write different chapters, bring to the table. Their biggest achievement may be helping to push skeptical readers off the fence about the potential of religiously funded microfinance—and giving interested parties plenty of practical tools to get started. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310293590
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 279
  • Sales rank: 510,492
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Greer holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a BS from Messiah College. He is the president of HOPE International, a global faith-based microfinance organization serving hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in fourteen countries. A frequent lecturer and a featured panelist at Harvard’s International Development Conference, Peter and his wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with their three children.

Phil Smith, who holds an M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, is a philanthropist and private investor who sits on the boards of publicly-traded Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. and three private companies. He is the coauthor with Eric Thurman of A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and the Business Solution for Ending Poverty. Phil and his wife, Shannon, live in Tulsa, OK, with their four children.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Fantastic!

    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.
    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    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?

    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.

    Chris Horst

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