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In the Shadow of Plenty by George Grant
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Jan 05, 2017

really liked it
bookshelves: 2017
Read from December 30, 2016 to January 04, 2017 — I own a copy

This book, though written thirty years ago, is as relevant now, as it was when it was first published. Little to nothing has changed since then. Grant is concerned with the church's lack of concern over both the condition of those in poverty, but more importantly, the glory of God being diminished by the usurpation of authority that the state has taken upon itself, away from the church in its ascent to divinity.

Most of the book lays out the biblical principles for charity. Grant argues that charity comes from a position of authority. When the state took over charity from the family and church, it was a power grab, designed to diminish the role of both. That the church went along, demonstrates our complicity in the problem.

After laying out these principles, he shows what the church must do to reclaim its role, and its standing in American culture. He refers readers to two of his other books for more specifics, though these chapters are still helpful.

This is an important book, though there are many others in its mold. I encourage readers interested in this book to start with "Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators" by David Chilton. This is much longer book, but much more comprehensive.

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