Hope Rising | A new book by Scott Todd

About Hope Rising

Extreme poverty does not have to exist. When Christians accept that fact and start living accordingly, we will find the solution is already within our reach.

Worldwide, 18,000 children die from preventable causes every day. If that statistic leaves you feeling powerless, you are not alone—but you are wrong. If a false sense of powerlessness has lulled you into apathy, it’s time to shake off the grogginess of low expectations and get to work. We can make this world a place where kids do not die from easily preventable diseases.

In Hope Rising, Scott Todd of Compassion International pens a galvanizing, comprehensive vision of the movement that will eradicate extreme global poverty through transformative Christian generosity—and do it within our lifetime. Todd provides riveting evidence to show that we are much closer to that goal than you might think.

According to Todd, we live in an historic moment, and chances are you are already part of it. The gospel is already reshaping lives from thoughtless consumption to informed concern. Twenty-first-century Christians are generating multi-continent grassroots movements through communications and travel. Public and private sectors are working together.  It’s a whole new era of philanthropy, compassion, and justice aimed at eradicating the pandemic of extreme global poverty.

This is a future we have the God-given power to create. This is the history we hope to write.

As Todd envisions, “The twenty-first-century Christians embraced the entirety of their gospel—the truths it proclaims and the muscles it demands—with a new integrity. They did not deteriorate into humanist liberalism, as some had feared. Nor did they pile works on top of Grace…They simply determined that their world did not need to have children dying of preventable causes such as dirty water.”

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don't give up."

Anne Lamott

Endorsements

A refreshing, even daring new perspective—extreme poverty doesn’t have to exist! Here’s a book that converts the skeptical and energizes the Church. There’s no place for extreme poverty to hide from the power of God’s people.

DR. WESS STAFFORD - PRESIDENT EMERITUS, COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL

Dr. Scott Todd delivered one of the best presentations I’ve seen at Q... The data are convincing, the call is compelling . . . Scott is architecting one of the great efforts of the global Church.

GABE LYONS - AUTHOR OF THE NEXT CHRISTIANS AND FOUNDER OF Q

Scott Todd’s Hope Rising presents a bold and compelling view of whatit means to live as a Christian in an age of poverty and globalization. What can Christians in rich countries do about poverty? Todd not only shows what the churches can do to fight poverty, but provides a biblical basis for the roles of business and government. Hope Rising is a passion-ate, personalized narrative that will challenge the individual Christian, but is also suitable for study in small groups of believers who want to work together to make a positive difference for the poor in Jesus’ name.

BRUCE WYDICK - PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS , UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO AND VISITING PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY

"Each child is a gift, reflecting the image of her Creator, and God's love for each child must beat within us as well. He is unlikely to welcome us warmly if it doesn't (Matt. 25:31-46)."

About Scott Todd

Scott C. Todd is the Sr Vice President for Global Advocacy at Compassion International. During his ten years of service at Compassion he has held a number of posts including Director of Compassion's HIV/AIDS Initiative, Child Survival Programs, and a range of special programs serving children in poverty around the world. Dr. Todd is a sought-after speaker and author bringing his global experience in relief and development and his passionate belief in Christ and His Church together for the cause of releasing children from poverty. Prior to his work for Compassion, Dr. Todd was an award-winning scientist in Immunology and Oncology holding a doctorate from the University of California, a National Lymphoma Foundation fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center and numerous research grants from the American Cancer Society, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.

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