Extreme poverty does not have to exist. When Christians accept that fact and start living accordingly, we will find the solution is already within our reach.
Worldwide, 18,000 children die from preventable causes every day. If that statistic leaves you feeling powerless, you are not alonebut you are wrong. If a false sense of powerlessness has lulled you into apathy, it’s time to shake off the grogginess of low expectations and get to work. We can make this world a place where kids do not die from easily preventable diseases.
In Hope Rising, Scott Todd of Compassion International pens a galvanizing, comprehensive vision of the movement that will eradicate extreme global poverty through transformative Christian generosityand do it within our lifetime. Todd provides riveting evidence to show that we are much closer to that goal than you might think.
According to Todd, we live in an historic moment, and chances are you are already part of it. The gospel is already reshaping lives from thoughtless consumption to informed concern. Twenty-first-century Christians are generating multi-continent grassroots movements through communications and travel. Public and private sectors are working together. It’s a whole new era of philanthropy, compassion, and justice aimed at eradicating the pandemic of extreme global poverty.
This is a future we have the God-given power to create. This is the history we hope to write.
As Todd envisions, “The twenty-first-century Christians embraced the entirety of their gospelthe truths it proclaims and the muscles it demandswith a new integrity. They did not deteriorate into humanist liberalism, as some had feared. Nor did they pile works on top of Grace…They simply determined that their world did not need to have children dying of preventable causes such as dirty water.”
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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
About Compassion International 206
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.”
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!