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The Twenty-Piece Shuffle: Why the Poor and Rich Need Each Other [Paperback]

By Greg Paul (Author)
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In the dark corners of the inner city, the most destitute people in society are searching for anything to numb their hurting souls. And there are some who display the most extreme mix of need and anticipation: the twenty piece shuffle - a jittery walk marked by wide-eyed desperation, named after the price of a drug fix. But the addiction to numb a troubled spirit is not confined to the streets. Social class does not bind suffering, and white picket fences do not protect us from pain. Yet in a wealthy society that equates money with happiness, we are often unaware of our own addictions. The things we chase to soothe our spirits may not be visible, but they are no less real.

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In the dark corners of the inner city, the most destitute people in society are searching for anything to numb their hurting souls. And there are some who display the most extreme mix of need and anticipation: the twenty-piece shuffle, a jittery walk marked by wide-eyed desperation, named after the street tag for a piece of crack cocaine.

But the addiction to whatever will numb a troubled spirit is not confined to the streets. Suffering is not bound by social class, and pain is not held at bay by white-picket fences. In a wealthy society that equates money with happiness, we often remain unaware of our own addictions -- the things we chase to sooth our spirits. And while our need may not be as visible, it is no less real.

Greg Paul believes that the rich, the impoverished, and everyone in between can learn much from each other if they're willing to walk together. Join Greg as he takes a look at a remarkable paradox, where the poor can miss their blessedness while the wealthy overlook their own desperate needs, and reveals why God has always called the wealthy and powerful to care for people who are poor or excluded.

From Publishers Weekly
Homeless, poor, addicts, prostitutes, abusers of all sortsthese are folks most of us studiously avoid, much less befriend. Yet Paul (God in the Alley) sees God in all of them and shares that spiritual sight in his second book. The lessons are deep and numerous, including the startling notion that the rich are barely conscious of their deep poverty while the poor generally have little sense of their blessedness, the amazing gifts they have to share with people who appear to them to already have it all. Paul strips away facades as he reveals some of the gifts he's received from the people at Sanctuary Ministries in downtown Toronto: understanding his own addictions to impregnability and independence, discerning the difference between fruitfulness and productivity, and gaining a new thankfulness and a deeper understanding of suffering. This is no theoretical study of the results of poverty or a political statement. It's a gritty look at individuals who reached out and changed Paul's life. It's ugly, scary and depressing at times, but honest and well-written from page one. (Aug.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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The Twenty-Piece Shuffle: Why the Poor and Rich Need Each Other by Greg Paul has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 05/26/2008 page 57
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books - 11/03/2008 page 32


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Item Specifications...


Studio: David C. Cook
Pages   238
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   David C. Cook
ISBN  1434799425  
ISBN13  9781434799425  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Greg Paul is the founder and director of Sanctuary Ministries of Toronto and the pastor of the Sanctuary community. A former carpenter, Greg s twenty-five years in inner-city ministry began with Red Rain, a band that planted the seed for Sanctuary in the mid-1980s. Lead vocalist and keyboardist, Greg still performs with Red Rain in bars, universities, jails, and other venues."

Greg Paul was born in 1958.

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Another great book by Greg Paul  Mar 30, 2010
Greg Paul is one of the finest writers in the Christian world. And his work among the poor gives him a wise outlook on life that the rest of us can benefit greatly from. Highly recommended.
 
Blessed Are the Poor...  Oct 6, 2008
(review from bravenotsafe.blogspot.com)

If you haven't heard about Greg Paul yet, maybe now's the time to go to this site and buy his books.

Paul's first book, God in the Alley: Being and Seeing Jesus in a Broken World, was published a few years ago and completely wrecked me...in a good way. In it, he shares some heart-wrenching stories about his community in inner city Toronto. Paul is an author/pastor/local rock star who started a ministry called Sanctuary that reaches out to homeless (they prefer "under-housed") and fully housed people under the same roof. He started the community center/church hybrid out of a rock band called Red Rain.

I am fortunate enough to have visited Sanctuary first hand back in February with my fellow justice-seeker, Barry, and some other friends from our church. We got to spend some time walking the cold winter streets of Toronto and seeing how God can work miraculously in seemingly hopeless situations. The stories shared by Greg and members of Sanctuary's community are humbling (an understatement).


In his latest effort, The Twenty Piece Shuffle: Why the Rich and the Poor Need Each Other, Paul transparently shares the incredible stories of Sanctuary ministries and applies them to the fact that everyone--rich and poor alike--needs intimate relationships and a strong sense of purpose and identity in life. These stories are heartbreaking and often troubling, and I'm so glad Paul shared them with us. This book will change your perspective on rich and poor and how God fits into all the suffering in the mess of the world.

If you haven't read either of Paul's offerings yet, I would start with God in the Alley. It's kind of like the intro-level course to Twenty Piece Shuffle.

These books are a great way to engage your heart and your mind in the causes of justice for the poor.
 

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