Thursday, June 7, 2007

Some books about poverty

On Monday night, Sojourners co-sponsored a discussion with three presidential candidates -- Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama -- about faith, politics and poverty. About 30 people gathered at Fitchburg Memorial UCC to watch it together and this discuss the ideas that came out of it. Here is a reading list that I put together coming out of that discussion:

Steve Fine recommended this book during our discussion:
A Framework for Understanding Poverty
By Ruby K.Payne
199 pp., $22, 2005
aha Process Inc.

A good new book for linking faith to hunger:
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversation
By Sara Miles
283 pp. $24.95, 2007
Ballantine Books

For a evangelical warning about getting too caught up in politics:
The Myth of a Christian Nation:
How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church
By Gregory A. Boyd
219 pp., $14.95, 2007

For a look at folks engaged in living with global poverty:
The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor
By Scott Bessenecker (he's from Madison)
199 pp., $15, 2006
IVP Books

And for folks living with poverty in this country:
The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
By Shane Clairborne
368 pp., $12.99, 2006

A woman writing about her own experience of being poor:
My Name is Child of God, Not "Those People"
By Julia K. Dinsmore
176 pp., $13.99, 2007
Augsburg Books

And don't forget the basic book for Sojourners -
God's Politics
By Jim Wallis
432 pp., $14.95, 2006

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