Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn't the American Dream
Western Civilization is wealthier, but it isn’t happier.
We are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth, but according to research, we aren’t becoming happier. Families and communities are increasingly fragmented, loneliness is skyrocketing, and physical and mental health are on the decline. Our unprecedented wealth doesn’t seem to be doing us much good.
It is hard to confine all the things I have taken from this book into a few lines.
It encourages wholistic spirituality and a criticism of the gnostic evangelicalism of our day that divides the sacred and the secular as well as the body and soul. Our focus should be much more wholistic in helping people and not trying to get away from this earth into heaven.
The authors do a great job showing what the bible teaches about the kingdom of heaven and how ev ...more
The author threads sound theology into practical application giving the reader clear action steps. Fikkert’s uses terms like “Western Naturalism” and “Christian Gnosticism” to address the accepted way that we as American Christians have historically helped the poor. Using bait and switch tactics to “save” people, we then pat ourselves ...more
As the book's subtitle states, "the opposite of poverty isn't the American dream"...so what is it? What is at the ...more
I was expecting more from this follow-up book to When Helping Hurts. This is a book on the theology and philosophy of man overlayed with poverty alleviation. It all started to run together after awhile. I was looking for more practical help....guess that comes in the guidebook to this book.
And one of its stars, one of our stars, I should add. When he got into Yale to do graduate work, no one was surprised, so decidedly had he s ...more
To give a feel for their argument, they say we need to fight all 5 causes of poverty:
1) false narratives of change
2) unhealthy individuals
3) deformative habitual practices
4) unhealthy/injust systems
5) demonic forces
So, if you’re into that ^ yo ...more
I really enjoyed this book, the authors did a brilliant job in presenting the case of the love of our Creator and His plan for not only the community of believers but the entire universe. Jesus’s arrival was the spark that ignited God’s move to restore all things - our relationships with; Him, ourselves, the people around us, and all creation. Thank you.