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It is within America's technical and financial power to help end world hunger in our lifetime, if we set our hearts and minds to the task. Contrary to what many people believe, the world has made measurable advancements against hunger and poverty over the last several decades. But too often the binding constraint on further progress is a simple lack of political will. As a result, one of the most powerful ways to affect change is often the most neglected- political activism.
In this powerful and hopeful book, David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and a leading anti-hunger activist, looks at the causes of hunger, presents case studies of countries that have made great strides against it, and puts a human face on the problem by sharing stories of people who are, quite simply, hungry every day. The problems can seem overwhelming but Beckmann lays out a clear and workable plan for effectively using political channels to make great progress. He not only challenges us to get involved, he shows us how. It is no less than our call to do so.
|Publisher:||Westminster John Knox Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World and has served at the World Bank on projects to reduce poverty. He founded and serves as president of the Alliance to End Hunger, helped found the ONE campaign with Bono, and appears regularly in mainstream and religious media. The author of several books on issues of hunger and poverty, Beckmann is a Lutheran minister and has a degree from the London School of Economics.
Table of Contents
Foreword Archbishop Desmond Tutu ix
Part I Where Things Stand Now
1 Widespread and Increased Hunger 19
2 Dramatic Progress Is Feasible 30
3 Countries That Have Reduced Hunger and Poverty 47
Part II Where We Want to Go
4 This Is God Moving in Our Time 65
5 Getting Serious about Poverty Would Be Good for America 81
6 People of Faith Can Make Congress Work 91
7 Hopeful Developments in U.S. Politics 110
8 A Time to Change History for Hungry People 132
Part III How We Get There Together
9 How God Has Drawn Me In 155
10 Take a Step 167
11 We Need God 183