Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Winning Wednesday

Today I'm giving away a book I was given at STORY - the conference I was at last week. When I walked into a workshop there taught by Michael Hyatt, CEO for Thomas Nelson Publishing, there was a hardcover book on each chair. I love receiving books, even if it's a book I already own, because then I can give it away!
I read this book about a month ago - and then thought that I hope many people read this book, so I'm happy to have a copy to give to one of you.

It's a great book - it has statistics and numbers about poverty in our world, but it's not all about that - it has stories of real people dealing with poverty. It's not guilt-producing for the sake of making one feel guilty - but it does help the reader take a second look at life, money and stuff. It also includes the personal journey of the author, Richard Stearns, from being a CEO of multiple companies to president of World Vision. This book is endorsed by many people who care about the world's poor, like U2's Bono. No matter where you stand as far as religion goes - this is a good book to read.

I've always believed in helping others - it's what makes the world go around - but after reading this  book I'm revisiting some of my thoughts on the poor and my responsibility to them. In an ideal world,  I think God, the creator of all, should be taking care of anyone that is starving, but obviously he has left it in our hands - we are his hands/feet to help each other.

I relate to this quote in the book ...
"Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty,  
suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it."

"Well, why don't you ask Him?"

"Because I'm afraid He would ask me the same question." 
- Anonymous

What can you or I do to help relieve someone's poverty and suffering?
Do you think your worldview and/or your understanding of the gospel of Jesus has a hole in it?

Leave a comment and/or your name to be entered in the drawing for this book.

10 comments:

katdish said...

Wow. That quote alone makes me want to read the book. Powerful. Thanks for sharing it.

Cindy Goolsby Martin said...

Through my own grief over the past 2 years, after the loss of my youngest daughter, I have had sufferring and seen more than I knew was out there. We don't realize how we can help change things just with words that God gives us to use. I think this would be a great book to share... thanks for doing that and opening many eyes! CM

Gayle Richardson said...

Ok, I either win this one or go buy it myself!!! Thanks for sharing Janet...you're the best!!!

Becky said...

Just found you and your story anxious to watch you tell it and read back to the up to now. Just got back from a trip to SA and engaged poverty there that still has me in a bit of chaos...so bring on some more right! ThANKS

FaithBarista Bonnie said...

Hi Janet, It was great to have you visit and drop encouraging words at Faith Barista yesterday!

Thanks for sharing such a poignant message in this post.

Blessings!

Joyce Wycoff said...

Janet ... this is not a book I would normally read or buy ... but your note called to me so I just ordered it on amazon. By giving away one copy, you may be putting it into the hands of many! What a great idea. Thanks.

S. Etole said...

Oh, boy. That quote undid me. It's one of those that has staying power. Why, indeed.

Caroline said...

Just discovered you blog through Billy's blog. Lucky me that it so happens there is a book giveaway. Would like to read this book. My focus is on working with the vulnerable so this would be an interesting read indeed. Whoever gets it, thanks for letting me know about this book. Blessings to you.

mel96066 said...

I heard Sterns speak at Women of Faith and would love to read his book in the near future. The talk was powerful! And, we sponsor a World Vision child so it was fun to hear this genuine man speak of Godly giving. :)

Blessings to you!
Melissa Nesdahl

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book....it can be applied to so many areas of my life (now & then)
Hugs & blessings,
Cathy Bourner