Fast Living: How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty by Scott C. Todd, PhD.
Published by Compassion
Review copy provided by the publisher

From the publisher:

In this accessible and straightforward book, Dr. Scott C. Todd outlines a battle plan and vision for the war on extreme poverty by pointing out the progress made in the last few decades. Most compellingly, he notes that In 1981, 52% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty (living on less than $1 a day). As of 2005 that number is 26%.

“We have cut the percentage of people living in extreme poverty in half. And we did it in one generation!” the author asserts.

Based on the themes of Isaiah 58, Fast Living presents a theological foundation, hard statistics, and human stories that can motivate a generation of Christians to end extreme global poverty. The book calls the church to lead the war on poverty by fasting and praying, and joining with organizations that are already doing mission and humanitarian work around the world.

Dr. Todd encourages the Christian Church to take its rightful position in the battle against poverty. 100% of the proceeds from Fast Living will benefit children in need.

I have no idea how this book ended up at my house. But it did. The subject definitely is one I’m interested in and so I picked it up. What I liked about it is that Todd brings forth a message of hope. He details the great strides that have been made over the past 30 years in drastically lowering the number of people worldwide living in extreme poverty. The one statistic that caught my attention is the one above – that the number of people living in extreme poverty has been cut in half in just 20 years. I think that’s huge progress, and runs contrary to what we usually think of when we think of global poverty – that the situation is dire and just keeps getting worse. In fact, the opposite is true – things are continuing to improve.

It’s also a call to arms to the Christian community to really step up and make a difference. Todd brings real action items to the table that you and I can get involved in to take a stance against global poverty and create change.

I don’t know. I’m glad I read this one but I would only recommend it if the subject really interests you. Or if you’re looking for a cause to get involved in, this book might inspire you to chose poverty as that cause. Or if you are a Christian and like reading any and all Christian-based books you can get your hands on. Otherwise, the book might not be for you.