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Overview In this new look at the age-old problem of abject poverty, Dr. Sider 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.
Publishers Description 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 twenty-first 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity by Ronald J. Sider has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 04/01/2005 page 124
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Apr 12, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849945305 ISBN13 9780849945304
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More About Ronald J. Sider
Ronald J. Sider (PhD, Yale University) is the founder and president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action and distinguished professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books, including The Early Church on Killing, the bestselling Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, and The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.
Ronald J. Sider currently resides in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania.
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As balanced as I can be... Jan 26, 2007
As a reformed evangelical, and a moderate-conservative democrat, who has read a great deal of Sider, and heard him speak on multiple occasions, I will say this: Do read this book. That's not to say that Sider doesn't, on a number of occasions, go too far, distort the numbers, and even come dangerously close to Socialism (though, I imagine some of this has been revised in later editions - his views have changed somewhat over the years) - he does. But the core of this book is indeed life-changing: a impassioned, Evangelical challenge to our modern-day consumerism. My suggestion, however, after having read this book is to also pick up the absolutely solid (though not as easy to read) "Neither Poverty nor Riches" by Craig Blomberg - a thorough-going Biblical theology of material possessions & wealth. Combined, the challenge of Sider, balanced with the solid Biblical understanding of Blomberg, and any believer will walk away with a full-orbed, Scriptural, understanding of what I believe God would have us do with our possessions.
Marxist nonsense Dec 4, 2006
Years ago in 1982,at least I believe it was 1982, a friend of mine who went to the same Church that I did approached me about this book. I was working for a high end retail store at the time which was located in a very high end mall in Southern California working in undercover security. So I was use to being around very wealthy people on a daily basis. My friend at the time began to really lay it on pretty thick in that Christians had absolutely no business driving Porches or Mercedes or should really own homes that are anything more then either very nominal or just slightly above shacks. He told me about this book and advised me to read it. Well I did read it and was convinced immediately that I was living wrong and that I needed to start giving most of my paycheck to the poor after I payed for my living expenses. I became convinced that my living expenses were too high and that I should cut off many things, like going to the movies, buying new shoes unless it was absolutely necessary, which would be almost never. I really believed at one time that one could not be a Christian and own a Mercedes Benz. I really believed it was a sin to be wealty. However I did believe that Christians should make as much money as they could and give the majority of it away to the poor. At one point I headed a study at the Church that I was attending at the time regarding this book and it definately caused some upset and a stir. Fortunately this was a relatively short period of my life because I came to see this book and its author for what they are. And that is Marxist and pure Marxist junk. I found that this book is not biblical. One only has to read the New Testament to see that this book is complete nonsense. Example Joseph of Arimithea was called a friend of Jesus and he was also wealthy. Not once did Jesus tell him to give all of his money to the poor. Ronald Sider uses the story of the rich man who Jesus said to sell all he had and give to the poor and follow Him. Ronald Sider is so hung-up on his own presupposition of wealth distribution that he misses the point of the story entirely. This book could have done some real damage to my life had I not seen it for what it was early on. Mr. Sider is a liberal as so is Anthony Campola . I wish these guys would take a hike and go peddle their junk to someone else and leave the Christian community alone, we have enough wolves already.
I give this book 1 star because there are no negative ratings. This book is junk and I eventually used it for my cat box.
Do Not Read This Book Nov 20, 2006
unless you are willing to live in a completely un-American manner. If you are like most conservative evangelicals, such as myself, this book will rock the very foundations of your beliefs. This book references, in great detail, the Biblical premise of helping the poor. Consumerism, materialism and oppressive systems hinder us from our calling. Will we choose the ways of the world or will we choose eternal life? Which side of eternity will we be found in when Jesus returns as he states in Matthew 25:31-46? Being born again is a necessary, initial step to salvation. It allows and motivates us to begin the work of the Gospel. This book explains what that work is.
True Christian's Give Oct 30, 2006
Giving Christianity The book makes the case that true Christianity is giving. I found the book well written because it made the case that Christianity needs to actually be helpful. Christianity should not be used as and excuse to feel superior to everyone, it is for giving as the book states.
Should this be the new Bible? Aug 29, 2006
Without being judgmental, without recommending socialism, without envoking guilt, Sider has created an excellent book in which he argues that modern day "Christians" are lacking one of the most essential qualities of being a Christian --- denying materialism and giving to the poor. "Christians" in America are out of control, too focused on maximizing material wealth and not at all concerned with God's children who are so poor. We should be ashamed; instead, our churches have led us to believe that this selfish behavior is justified, that God wants us to be excessively wealthy. Hogwash. BUY THIS BOOK AND CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE.