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What's Make Poverty Personal like? I hear you ask...well, it's creating quite a stir amongst those who have been reviewing it and we have been overwhelmed by the number of endorsements and reviews rolling in from a number of Ash's heroes, mentors and friends from right around the world and across almost every denominational border.

"Personal, passionate, authentic, challenging, engaging, relevant. These are some words that readily spring to mind on reading Ashley Barker's new book. This is no programmatic or utopian vision for ending poverty and injustice in our deeply wounded world. Instead, this is powerful testimony, rooted in the biblical story, in costly discipleship, and in risk-taking involvement to follow Jesus the servant of God to the poor. The book calls us to rethink our values, to retool our vision, and reprioritise our lives in order to be God's transformational agents in a world where the cry of the poor has become an indictment of our lack of humanity to others. This book is not structured for the quick read but for a grappling engagement regarding the call to all to bring God's shalom to all the places of injustice."
- Dr Charles Ringma, Prof Emeritus Regent College, Vancouver, Canada

" Make Poverty Personalis an impassioned challenge to Christians to take seriously the Bible's most ignored message. Ashley Barker has written it from the heart of a Bangkok slum, so the sights, smells and sighs of poverty as two-thirds of our world experience it are woven into this compelling text. I commend it to you with the proviso. . . Beware: It could change your life!"
- Tim Costello, World Vision Australia
-Publisher.

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About "Make Poverty Personal"

What's Make Poverty Personal like? I hear you ask...well, it's creating quite a stir amongst those who have been reviewing it and we have been overwhelmed by the number of endorsements and reviews rolling in from a number of Ash's heroes, mentors and friends from right around the world and across almost every denominational border.

"Personal, passionate, authentic, challenging, engaging, relevant. These are some words that readily spring to mind on reading Ashley Barker's new book. This is no programmatic or utopian vision for ending poverty and injustice in our deeply wounded world. Instead, this is powerful testimony, rooted in the biblical story, in costly discipleship, and in risk-taking involvement to follow Jesus the servant of God to the poor. The book calls us to rethink our values, to retool our vision, and reprioritise our lives in order to be God's transformational agents in a world where the cry of the poor has become an indictment of our lack of humanity to others. This book is not structured for the quick read but for a grappling engagement regarding the call to all to bring God's shalom to all the places of injustice."
- Dr Charles Ringma, Prof Emeritus Regent College, Vancouver, Canada

" Make Poverty Personalis an impassioned challenge to Christians to take seriously the Bible's most ignored message. Ashley Barker has written it from the heart of a Bangkok slum, so the sights, smells and sighs of poverty as two-thirds of our world experience it are woven into this compelling text. I commend it to you with the proviso. . . Beware: It could change your life!"
- Tim Costello, World Vision Australia
-Publisher.

"There is an immediacy about the summoning God of the Bible. The call of that God draws us, without big words or abstract thought, down and dirty into the economic reality where the truth of God''s kingdom is at stake. That immediacy in God''s call is replicated in this powerful, compelling study by Ash Barker. The book makes clear that the author has been seized by the near-to-hand crisis of poverty as a life-or-death issue for the world and consequently a life-or-death issue for the faithful. "This acute sense of urgency--forged in Bangkok and Melbourne--is matched by a grasp of daily, lived reality. That urgency, moreover, is matched by wise and compelling scripture study. The book is an invitation to unlearn so much of conventional church faith and to learn afresh about God''s good news for the world. Barker knows about texts and knows how they connect to lived reality. He helps the reader with suggestive pedagogy, thus making the text available for the reader. There is a clarity that will let many readers come to grips, perhaps for the first time, with the revolutionary, subversive intention of the Bible. The book is an important one and the issues it addresses are urgent."--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary "Personal, passionate, authentic, challenging, engaging, relevant. These are some words that readily spring to mind on reading Ash Barker''s new book. This is no programmatic or utopian vision for ending poverty and injustice in our deeply wounded world. Instead, this is powerful testimony, rooted in the biblical story, in costly discipleship, and in risk-taking involvement to follow Jesus the servant of God to the poor. The book calls us to rethink our values, to retool our vision, and reprioritize our lives in order to be God''s transformational agents in a world where the cry of the poor has become an indictment of our lack of humanity to others. This book is not structured for the quick read but for a grappling engagement regarding the call to all to bring God''s shalom to all the places of injustice."--Charles Ringma, Professor Emeritus Regent College, Vancouver, Canada "Make Poverty Personal is an impassioned challenge to Christians to take seriously the Bible''s most ignored message. Ash Barker has written it from the heart of a Bangkok slum, so the sights, smells and sighs of poverty as two-thirds of our world experience it are woven into this compelling text. I commend it to you with the proviso: Beware: It could change your life!"--Tim Costello, World Vision Australia "Here is a searing biblical call to end poverty, coming not from the safety of the snug office of an economist, an academic or a theologian, but from deep inside the bowels of the largest slum in Thailand. Ash Barker''s prophetic voice issues not just from his experience of living among the poor in Bangkok, but from a thorough-going analysis of the Scriptures. Make Poverty Personal is a discomforting, energising and ultimately hopeful read. I thoroughly recommend it."--Michael Frost, Morling College, Sydney; coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come"I have seen Ash Barker at work in the Bangkok slum and I know the authenticity of his ministry. Now everyone can read why he has made the war on poverty personal for himself, and why all Christians should. His biblical arguments are compelling. So are his stories and his study questions."--Alan Nichols, Anglican minister, former refugee worker, and Canon of the Church in Rwanda. "What will puncture the insulation of Western middle-class Christianity, looking inwards and upwards while most people in the world live in grinding poverty? With a strong biblical brush Ash Barker paints a compelling picture of God''s shalom, and challenges us to make poverty personal as we live into God''s future. This book is full of stories, ideal for study groups and dangerous for life as most of us know it."--Ross Langmead, Professor of Missiology, School or World Missions and author of The Word Made Flesh"At las
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Poverty is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. But poverty is not new. And neither is God's deep concern for the poor--it is a theme deeply woven throughout the Bible. Yet sadly, churches and individual Christians have too often been blind to this emphasis, or they have been paralyzed into inaction by feelings of helplessness.

In this urgent, provocative book, Ash Barker offers both challenge and hope. Pulling out and reflecting on significant passages from both testaments, he reveals what the Bible says about both the nature of poverty and about how God calls his people to respond. These studies, ideal for either individual or small group use, are interlaced with personal reflections--first-hand accounts from fifteen years of ministry among the poor.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Ashley Barker

Ash and Anji Barker, founders of UNOH, and their children Amy & Aiden live among the poor in the Bangkok slum of Klong Toey. Like all UNOHs workers, the Barkers have a passion to love God and neighbour so much that the urban neighbourhoods they live in become like villages centred on Christ. Ashley is the International Director of UNOH with UNOH chapters in Bangkok, Melbourne and Sydney. He has authored Making Poverty Personal, Collective Witness: A theology and praxis for a missionary order and Finding Life: Reflections from a Bangkok Slum.

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  • Catalogue Code 278182
  • Product Code 9780801071898
  • ISBN 0801071895
  • EAN 9780801071898
  • Pages 206
  • Department Academic
  • Category Ethics
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Feb 2009
  • Sales Rank #59062
  • Dimensions 111 x 139 x 212 mm
  • Weight 0.293kg
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