Radical Charity Update

I haven’t given an update on Radical Charity in a couple of months, but a lot has been happening very quickly!

On the marketing side, I received blurbs and sent them into Wipf & Stock to be incorporated into the cover and the book. I also received cover art from the publisher. You can see both on the Radical Charity page of this website.

On the more textual side, my index was completed and typeset. I had a few minor changes to the index and sent those in to the typesetter.

This means that Radical Charity should be going into production soon. The first copies, including my authors’ copies, should come off the presses about five days after that happens. Hopefully, my next update will be that Radical Charity is available for purchase!

Right now, there is a movement in churches and nonprofits arguing that charity is toxic, that helping hurts, and that the entire nonprofit sector needs to be reformed to truly lift people out of poverty. These charity skeptics are telling Christians that traditional charity deepens dependency, fosters a sense of entitlement, and erodes the work ethic of people who receive it. Charity skepticism is increasingly popular; and it is almost certainly wrong.

Now available from Wipf and Stock’s Cascade Books imprint, Radical Charity: How Generosity Can Save the World (And the Church) weaves together research and scholarship on topics as diverse as biblical scholarship, Christian history, economics, and behavioral psychology to tell a different story. In this story, charity is the heart of Christianity and one of the most effective ways that we can help people who are living in poverty. Charity—giving to people experiencing poverty without any expectation of return or reformation—can save the world and help make God’s vision for the church a reality.

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