The Poor Will Be Glad

The Poor Will Be Glad

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by Peter Greer, Phil Smith
     
 

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This eminently practical book shows how ordinary people can help fight poverty around the world. Focusing on proven initiatives such as microfinance and employment-based solutions, the authors outline specific steps we can take in leading the charge against spiritual and physical poverty. Also includes photographs by award-winning photographer Jeremy Cowart

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This eminently practical book shows how ordinary people can help fight poverty around the world. Focusing on proven initiatives such as microfinance and employment-based solutions, the authors outline specific steps we can take in leading the charge against spiritual and physical poverty. Also includes photographs by award-winning photographer Jeremy Cowart (www.jeremycowart.com).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310293590
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Pages:
279
Sales rank:
919,686
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“Phil Smith and Peter Greer capture the essence of serving the poor in a holistic manner through time-tested solutions, where the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel go hand in hand. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the devastating issues surrounding poverty in all of its forms.” — David Valle, , President

“[The Poor Will Be Glad is] an essential handbook for all local churches considering embarking into the mission of microfinancing. Peter and Phil tell us how to do something about the ‘hole’ in our gospel.” — Gene Wood, , Founder

“With the recent surge of interest in microfinance as a way to combat poverty, many Christians may have trouble separating truth from hype. Peter Greer and Phil Smith—two experienced microfinance practitioners—have made an extraordinary contribution with this eminently readable fusion of biblical wisdom and practical experience. Their candid evaluation of microfinance does not gloss over its challenges but demonstrates how Christians can prudently use it as a tool to take on the root causes of poverty. Every congregation seeking to get involved in microfinance should read this book. And Christian leaders in business and finance will appreciate it as a high-level primer on how they can apply their professional skills toward the advancement of God’s kingdom.” — Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, , Founder and Director

“The Poor Will Be Glad makes an excellent case that we need to be concerned with financial poverty and spiritual poverty and that the two are often best addressed together. Christian relief organizations need to be ever vigilant for opportunities to create a culture of dignity rather than dependency, and this book shows how to make it happen. Worldwide missions will never be the same.” — Henry Kaestner, , Chairman

“The present age is a truly unique historical moment. The richest people ever to walk the face of the earth co-exist with billions living in conditions not fit for creatures bearing the image of Almighty God. How are Christians to respond to this crisis? Drawing on their many years of experience in microfinance, Peter Greer and Phil Smith challenge readers to join God’s mission of making the poor glad through restoring them to sustainable work. This book is a timely and prophetic word, combining solid theology, best practices, and deeply moving stories from the frontlines. Do not just read the book. Join the revolution.” — Brian Fikkert, , Executive Director

“The journey through the pages of this book will open your eyes and challenge many issues the West has believed about solving world poverty. The Poor Will Be Glad confronts the traditional approach of creating dependency and offers real solutions to make poverty history.” — Tom Davis, , Chairman and CEO

“The Poor Will Be Glad is an honest, insightful, and practical resource forged from the vast experience of the authors, who deeply care about seeing people lifted from poverty. I am grateful to have this book in my hands and know it will add wisdom to all those who have joined the revolution.” — Chuck Bentley, , Chairman and CEO

“The elevation of Muhammad Yunus as a Nobel Prize-winning microfinance entrepreneur has many heads turning toward small loans as a solution for those seeking to escape extreme poverty. Peter Greer and Phil Smith do us a favor by reminding us just how bad poverty is, how powerful appropriate financial empowerment can be, and where God and his church are in all this. A helpful companion for those looking to expand the impact of their giving for the sake of God’s Kingdom.” — Steven W. Haas, , Vice President

“This book illustrates integrated solutions to spiritual and physical poverty with clarity and conviction. A must-read as we critically consider biblical stewardship of our resources.” — David Weekley, , Businessman amd Philanthropist

“Most Christians recognize the biblical mandate to care for the poor. But doing good doesn’t always really help. With biblical insight, economic savvy, realism, and loads of wisdom, Greer and Smith point to a paradigm that can empower the least among us. The Poor Will Be Glad holds forth a promise that can live up to its title. This is must-reading for church mission committees, development workers, and anyone who wants to truly make a difference in the face of poverty. Moreover, Greer and Smith rightly believe that physical poverty and spiritual poverty can be addressed together without losing the integrity of the other.” — Dennis Hollinger, , President and Professor

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