Changing the Face of Hunger: The Story of How Liberals, Conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, and People of Faith are Joining Forces in a New Movement to Help the Hungry, the Poor, and the Oppressed [Paperback]
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Overview If the Democratic party wants to learn how to court the evangelical community, they'd do well to learn from Tony Hall. As a Congressman, Tony Hall was reluctant to wear his faith on his sleeve. But if he was to be true to the faith he professed, he had to find a way to bring God into the political world in which he worked. He found the answer to this dilemma in one of the most awful places he's ever visited-Ethiopia. He realized, as he watched a doctor combing the crowds of starving Africans looking for a half-dozen lives he could save, that he would travel among the hungry and bring their needs to the attention of Washington. He even went on a much-publicized 22-day fast to call for attention to these issues. Years later, and after traveling to more than 100 countries, Tony Hall has seen it all-desperation, honor, starvation, redemption, and hope. From the dark corners of a political prison in Romania to the barren landscape of famine-stricken Africa, people are suffering and we can help.
Struggling to mask his tears, Tony Hall followed a doctor through a mass of dying Ethiopians crying out for food and medicine--help that could not possibly arrive soon enough or in sufficient quantities to keep them alive. From that painful scene of hopelessness, Hall returned home with a new focus for his faith.
Both as a U.S. Congressman and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, he has been a man with a mission. Tony used his passion, faith, and political skills to solicit the aid of those able to help. And as he worked with liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, and people of very different faiths, he stumbled into a remarkable discovery. He found that people who regularly live at odds often are willing to join forces in helping those who are abjectly poor and hungry.
"I've learned not only that people can work together across differences . . . but our diversity gives us strength." Let Tony capture your heart with his dream that we may put aside differences and join hands to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and discover the importance of life.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.35" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849918693 ISBN13 9780849918698
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More About Tony Hall
Tony Hall has been editor of the British Hawking Association's journals and, from the age of 14, has bred, trained, and flown numerous hawks, including Tawny Owls. He lives in Somerset, England.
Reviews - What do customers think about Changing the Face of Hunger: The Story of How Liberals, Conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, and People of Faith are Joining Forces in a New Movement to Help the Hungry, the Poor, and the Oppressed?
A Compelling Vision About What Really Matters Aug 8, 2006
Living in the Washington DC area, we rarely hear about men like Tony Hall and Frank Wolf--members of opposing parties who have spent decades working together to address poverty, hunger and oppression. Sadly, this doesn't happen often enough. Reading this book, however, gave me hope that people of different viewpoints really might be able to come together around these vital issues. This book is easy to read but hard to forget...I highly recommend it.
Anecdotes by Hall provide great example for everyone Jun 11, 2006
The scenes described by Tony Hall, and his actions taken during the various events, provide compelling examples of relevant moral leadership in today's political arena.
His advice to the Democratic party should be heeded by any politician in either party who truly wants to make a difference; it is sage advice, applicable to anyone wanting to live purposefully.
High marks for this book, for its author and for those who read it.
A life changing read Jun 1, 2006
Don't read this slender hardcover, CHANGING THE FACE OF HUNGER, unless you are ready to change your life.
In 1984, Tony Hall (a congressman for almost 24 years) went to Ethiopia to help ferry supplies to a camp run by the World Vision Christian relief organization. What he experienced changed his life.
Imagine doctors who must work in an area fenced in by barbed wire because of the press of Ethiopians outside desperately trying to thrust their children into the hands of anyone who can help save them from starvation.
Imagine that these thousands of severely malnourished people are suffering from dehydration, dysentery, malaria, cholera and tuberculosis.
Imagine doctors trying to pick the six or seven children they can save each day.
Imagine that everywhere you go to try and help, there is perpetual civil war. You are a moving target and frequently have to dive out of your vehicle to avoid being killed by gunfire.
Imagine that this is not the worst.
Imagine after seeing this, you drive to where tens of thousands of Ethiopians are waiting in the blazing sun, hoping for food. All are malnourished. Most are close to death. Many are nearly naked because they have no clothes. Imagine that 25 children die before your eyes in the next few hours.
Imagine seeing children who are dying alone. Their parents are already dead.
This is not a book for the faint of heart. I was in tears by the second page. But then, perhaps it is a book for the faint of heart...and for all of us. Perhaps it is time that we let ourselves be moved by the terrible facts of hunger and injustice.
But we don't know what to do. We aren't even aware of the people who need our help. We could make a difference if we did as Mother Teresa admonished Hall: "Do the thing that is in front of you."
"I'm writing this book to put these things in front of you," says Hall.
This is a book about how people --- Democrats and Republicans, Southerners and Midwesterners, Jews and Christians, Roman Catholics and Evangelicals, liberals and conservatives, men and women --- can change the world. "I will work with anyone who shares a common goal with me," writes Hall. With this in mind, this strong man of faith has traveled to more than 100 countries, bringing the needs of the hungry, the persecuted, and the suffering to the attention of those who can help.
In his book, you'll see what difference love and focused attention can make to severely mentally disabled children, the outcasts, the terminally ill, unwed pregnant women, AIDS patients, orphans, the lepers, the polio victims, and the dying. You'll see how small business loans can change the face of poverty and give people hope and dignity. You'll see how corrupt regimes hold countries in bondage and must be courageously confronted.
It's all about starting to care about the people around us, Hall says. Do you know your next-door neighbor? Has someone just lost a loved one? What are the needs right in your community? What are the needs of the people on your street? Making a difference begins right where we live. "If you scratch the surface a little bit, you'll find something you can do."
Hall's enthusiasm is infectious. He is compelling as he writes about his personal 22-day fast that raised consciousness about hunger. "...If you let him, God will use you. No matter how small the work or large the work, if you want to be used, you will be. That's how God works. He works through people." And, as Hall quotes Mahatma Gandhi, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." This book is a good place to start.
Best Nonfiction Book of 2006 May 8, 2006
Tony P. Hall is one of those rarest of creatures, a true humanitarian who used his positions (a Congressman from Ohio and Ambassador to the U.N) of power and influence to aid the world's poor and hungry. Changing the Face of Hunger inspires us to action to address modern day's greatest injustice, that too many of the world's peoples will die unnecessarily as a result of hunger and disease. Tony Hall's call for us to follow the example of Mother Teresa and "do what's in front of us" in combating life's injustices is today's clarion calling. Read this book and change the world.
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