“The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution” by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus

Now here is a book that fulfills its title!  As a Christian, I have been wondering about the very issues this book deals with.  As the authors hope, I believe it would make a wonderful textbook for (Bible) colleges and universities around the globe; as well as important reading for mission organizations of all kinds.  

The explanations were thorough, but to the point: simply, but effectively, explained.  It is a book that gives a logical and (more importantly) biblical answer to the question of poverty.  “What is poverty?” “How can a nation move from poverty to prosperity?”  “What can Christians do to help the poor?”  “How can some ways of helping the poor do more harm than good?”  These questions and others are answered.  This book was a relief to read: finally, I have good answers to my questions.  I know that many others will benefit from reading this book.  

I have only one gentle criticism to add.  The authors made mention of where each of their points could be found in their book many times.  The reader could get distracted by reading that the point the authors are talking about will be explained more fully on such and such a page, or that they have already made mention of this or that point on these (previous) pages.  Since the authors have already been thorough enough to include a detailed outline, an appendix of their points, as well as an index of both the general content and the biblical references used, I think directing readers to certain pages within the text is unnecessary.    

 

Thank you to Net Galley (https://www.netgalley.com/) and Crossway for providing me with an advance copy of this book to read and review.  My honest opinion is that this is a book that every adult should have the opportunity to read. 

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