Hope Rising: How Christians Can End Extreme Poverty in This Generation

Hope Rising: How Christians Can End Extreme Poverty in This Generation

by Scott Todd


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ISBN-13: 9780529101129
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Scott C. Todd, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Global Advocacy at Compassion International. During his ten years of service at Compassion he has held a number of posts, including Director of Compassion's HIV/AIDS Initiative, Child Survival Programs, and a range of special programs serving children in poverty around the world.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Death and Resurrection of Expectations

Chapter 1 A New Day for Starfish 3

Chapter 2 Why I Write 6

Chapter 3 Cold Showers of Unmet Expectations 10

Chapter 4 Jacki 15

Chapter 5 Overthrowing the Tyranny of Low Expectations 19

Chapter 6 Stay Out of the Handbasket 28

Chapter 7 The Shift 34

Chapter 8 True Fast 39

Part 2 Poverty is Not an Unconquerable Mystery

Chapter 9 Why Kids Die 49

Chapter 10 The Rubble and Hunger of Poverty 55

Chapter 11 Poverty Whispers, "You Can't" 61

Chapter 12 The Poor Will Not Always Be with Us 66

Chapter 13 We Are Not All Poor 75

Part 3 What Kind of People Will End Extreme Poverty?

Chapter 14 Tom's Truck 83

Chapter 15 The Uncrushable Movement 86

Chapter 16 The Threat of Love 91

Chapter 17 Fearless Love 96

Chapter 18 Incognito Mother Teresas 101

Chapter 19 Who Do We Think We Are? 104

Chapter 20 Stewards of Power 108

Part 4 The Primary Colors of Social Change

Chapter 21 How Mom Can End Extreme Poverty 119

Chapter 22 Creating a Good Normal: The Role of Government 126

Chapter 23 Shopping for a Better World: How Business Can End Poverty 135

Chapter 24 Against the Gates of Hell: How the Church Can End Poverty 144

Part 5 Catalysts and Strategy

Chapter 25 Fast Living 155

Chapter 26 Ten Percent Radical 161

Chapter 27 The Next Generation 171

Chapter 28 Thorns and Promises 184

Chapter 29 The History We Hope to Write 189

Chapter 30 Raising Hope 189

Endnotes 195

About Compassion International 206

Appreciation 209

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Hope Rising: How Christians Can End Extreme Poverty in This Generation 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this book just based initially on the fact that it was written by Scott C Todd with Compassion International and as I am now in my 2nd month of sponsoring a sweet little girl in Ghana through Compassion, I was excited to dive deeper into the mind of someone in such an important role for global advocacy. Through scripture, facts, stories, historical data, and a blueprint for the future, Todd has woven together a truly convicting and inspiring path for how we can turn hope into reality when it comes to ending extreme poverty. For anyone who is feeling called into missions at home or abroad or even someone just feeling convicted to dip their toe into the waters of caring about the poor, I think this book will help you check yourself and your intentions, arm you with confidence that we can ALL give something, and most importantly it will reassure you that it is more possible than you could ever hope that extreme poverty can see an end in our lifetime.   What I loved most about the book was that it provides a great overview of the issues that are being faced in the war against extreme poverty, and if you’re someone who doesn’t know much or anything at all about this topic you will gain great insight from this book and be at a great launching point to dig deeper as you see fit. I have an even greater respect and excitement for Compassion International and the amazing work they are doing in this world. I hope this book stirs your heart to take on a bigger role in joining the mission as it has mine! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
RA_JAT More than 1 year ago
I usually avoid books on alleviating poverty as I find that many are either unrealistic in their approach or the author heaps on so much condemnation you want to just give out of guilt or give up out of frustration. What drew me to this book was the fact that it was written by Compassion International's Senior VP of Global Advocacy. Though I was not familiar with the author, Scott Todd, I was very familiar with Compassion. My wife and I have sponsored children via Compassion since 2001 and we love the organization and the work they do. So, with that out of the way, I wasn't sure what to expect from Hope Rising. What I found was a book that definitely fits the title. I found that hope truly was rising within me. The basic premise is that EXTREME poverty can be eradicated. Scott Todd speaks about our low expectations that extreme poverty can dealt with and then goes about showing how much has truly changed even in the last 20 years. I did not know so many inroads have been made in the war of poverty. I found myself encouraged to do my part. I really enjoyed Scott Todd's look at Matthew 26:11. This oft-quoted verse on poverty has just as often been misquoted and Scott looks at the entire passage in context. If anything else, this chapter should be required reading for anyone who feels nothing can be done re. poverty! I highly recommend this book for every believer who believes God can make the impossible possible and wants to do their part in seeing lives forever changed!
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