Do you want to make a true difference in the world? Dr. Ron Sider does. He has, since before he first published Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger in 1978. Despite a dramatic reduction in world hunger since then, 34,000 children still die daily of starvation and preventable disease, and 1.3 billion people, worldwide, remain in abject poverty.
So, the professor of theology went back to re-examine the issues by 21st-century standards. Finding that Conservatives blame morally reprehensible individual choices, and Liberals blame constrictive social and economic policy, Dr. Sider finds himself agreeing with both sides. In this new look at an age-old problem, he offers not only a detailed explanation of the causes, but also a comprehensive series of practical solutions, in the hopes that Christians like him will choose to make a difference.
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This book had me thinking about change in my life.
Couldn't get passed the 2nd Chapter
The first chapter can be summed up as "such and such happened and if only there was money for it, the problem would have been solved". Not all problems can be solved by throwing money at them ... there are a multitude of factors that contribute to poverty.
The second chapter essentially says "the west buys too many things it doesn't need, if it took that money and used it toward to poor things would be better." (It never directly says these things but you can easily read between the lines.)
I'm glad that I read "When Helping Hurts" first or I would have been turned off by those talking about poverty alleviation.