Review and Kindle sale: Hope Rising, by Scott C. Todd of Compassion International

May 9, 2014

I recently had the chance to read Hope Rising: How Christians Can End Extreme Poverty in This Generation, by Scott C. Todd, Ph. D. This nonfiction book was released on April 29, 2014 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

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 alone—but 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 generosity—and 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 gospel—the truths it proclaims and the muscles it demands—with 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.”

My Verdict:

Scott C. Todd, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Global Advocacy at Compassion International. My husband and I already sponsor a child through Compassion, and were very moved by our visit to the Compassion Experience when it came to town last year, and so I was very interested to read Todd’s new book. Many times, when Christians give to organizations like Compassion, we think we are making a small dent in the problem of Global poverty, and although we can’t change the world, we can make a difference to at least one person (as mentioned in the Starfish story Todd references.) However, Todd argues that poverty is actually a problem that can be cured, and to think otherwise is to embrace defeat. He outlines different ways Christians can make a contribution to the effort to end poverty completely, and shows that we are actually making a difference: for example, the percentage of people living in extreme poverty has been has been cut in half since 1981, and the number of children dying of preventable diseases is steadily dropping.

I found this book to be motivating and inspiring, especially some of the statistics he presents. For example, the money spent last year on Black Friday alone would provide clean water for the entire world, twice over. What would happen if we made just a little more room in our budgets for helping our brothers and sisters who are living in poverty? This book is a really great read. Hopefully it motivates many more people to sponsor children through organizations like Compassion along with giving additional time and resources to help change the lives of “the least of these.”

If you’d like to check out Hope Rising it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version right now (Regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $11.82. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). 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.”


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