March Book Review

The Poor will be Glad. I have been studying micro-finance: how the church should respond, what is micro-finance, how can it be utilized both here in the United States and abroad. This month's book review (which was not posted earlier due to traveling and book signing) is posted now.

HOPE International is a micro-financing group based in Lancaster PA. Mom and I had the opportunity to visit the headquarters and go through their Pathways out of Poverty exhibit which explains about poverty around the world and how the Church can give those in need a hand up. The book, The Poor will be Glad is co-written by Phil Smith and HOPE's president and CEO, Peter Greer.

I had read the book before going down to Lancaster since my library system had the book. Before leaving, I gave the book to my dad to read since I felt that it was imperative for him to read it as well. The book in the photograph is my copy that I purchased at HOPE.

Another resource is When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert which I listened to on audio book. Both of these resources give an overview not only of the current situation (the whys and the wheres), but also provides practical application for the Church in North America to apply these truths to our lives.

Last month I discussed Freedom Sunday, and this book review continues that theme: helping the least of these. While most of our help goes out from the country, I realize that much of this is needed within the country. The two books in the review focus on going out and less on within country. Both The Poor will be Glad and When Helping Hurts focuses on the ways that good financial knowledge can help individuals. While the applications are focused on developed nations helping developing nations, I think that some of the ideas and concepts can be applied here in the US as well.

If you are looking for a solid book to give you an overview of micro-financing the history and how it works, The Poor will be Glad is an excellent starting point as is When Helping Hurts. I think both books need to be read in conjunction as an overview before going into the books more focused upon a specific aspect or location.


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