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Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice

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There is a perfect storm undermining something important about America: the opportunity for people born into poverty to advance over their lifetimes.

This book explores how to unleash opportunity in five key areas: early childhood, the graduation gap, foster care, juvenile justice, and predatory lending. For each issue Gerson explores the magnitude of the problem, Summers a
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Paperback, 126 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Falls City Press
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Michael Nichols
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book that captures reformed political theology in action with real stories of seeking justice. The authors demonstrate how social issues feed into each other (e.g.: foster care, sex trafficking, poverty, predatory lending). They use a "image/structure/wisdom" heuristic to frame the issues: all people are made in the image of God and deserve justice; God has established structures to govern this world and ensure justice; wisdom should guide the complex policy decisions we make. I think everyday ...more
Alison
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
An overview of five different issues affecting the poor. Pretty good. I think this quote from the conclusion is the best bit of the whole book, "The needs are so large, and often quite complex. But you are not being asked to do everything, just something. Choose an issue to master. Stand up for a person without hope and with few allies... It is also not an option for the believer, called to serve the good of his or her neighbor." ...more
Evan
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gerson and team somehow created a digestible and practical set of policy on creating opportunity for the under privileged. Highly worth it read as a 201 on taking action. Only thing lacking is that the book covers a broad range of topics, at low penetration. Hoping for a deeper dive next time, a 400-level on policy and action, for a 5-Star. Excellent nonetheless.
Richard R., Martin
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good introduction to some of the great social problems facing the poor in our society. A negative is that in every chapter the repeat the same 2 pages of Biblical principals and what they ask of us to do.
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Michael John Gerson is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post a Policy Fellow with the ONE Campaign, a visiting fellow with the Center for Public Justice, and a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter from 2001 until June 2006, as a senior policy advisor from 2000 through June 2006, and was a member of the White House ...more

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