In Prism's Book Bag: A Revolution of Compassion
by Dave Donaldson and Carlson-Thies Stanley
God's concern for the poor is one of the central themes of the Bible. But with nearly 12 percent of Americans living in poverty and despair, it is obvious God's people are not fulfilling this critical calling. Reasons for failure are many, but recent changes in government policy and attitude offer the church of the 21st century a new opportunity to expand its role in helping society.
A Revolution of Compassion: Faith-Based Groups as Full Partners in Fighting America's Social Problems (Baker Book House, 2003) explores the practical, political, and legal issues associated with government funding of faith-based organizations. By cooperating with the government and the private sector, faith-based agencies can address the problems of homelessness, unemployment, and rehabilitation while augmenting practical help with spiritual hope.
Using powerful personal stories and interviews with prominent leaders, this well-rounded discussion calls Christians deeper into the journey of bringing God's grace and truth to those who are suffering.
The two authors are Dave Donaldson, founder and CEO of We Care America (www.wecareamerica.org) in Washington, D.C. (a national nonprofit organization that unites, strengthens, and multiplies effective social-service ministries) and Stanley Carlson-Thies, formerly of the White House Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, but now acting director of the Civitas Program in Faith & Public Affairs at the Center for Public Justice (www.cpjustice.org).