Books

In this little nook we would like to share book titles that Craft Life. 

By Crafting Life we mean an art of living with skill and intention. 

·         simple and small living,

·         cultural cooking,

·         justice,

·         poverty,

·         fair trade,

·         prayer and knowing God

·         Journaling 

We hope they take you on many a quest that will make life interesting and fulfiling.

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Book Store - 'the wandering book seller' 

Some books below are linked to our local bookseller, Karl, 'the wandering book seller', who like us, loves the poor. As part of Fair Living, we seek to support small local businesses like his. If he doesn't have it he can get it in for you. Please feel free to mention Tribes and Nations recommendation; no we dont have any affiliation but seek to work in synergy.

 

 

 

Blessing God...

This week I have been reading the book “A long obedience in the same direction – discipleship in an instant society” by Eugene H Peterson (Translator of The Message).

In this book he looks at the Psalms of Ascents; Psalms 120 – 134, which are Psalms for life’s journey. The last Psalm, Psalm 134 touched me deeply. It calls us to ‘bless God’, which I have often found a bit alien. I always thought God, the greater would bless us, the lesser but here the psalmist  calls us to bless God.

The author states that blessing God is the concluding word in all of scripture! It shows we appreciate God for all he has given us, what he has done for us and the life we have in him (warts and all). No matter how difficult or hard, God is with us each day. He goes on to say, it doesn’t matter where we have been, the wrongs we have done, or the grumblings along the way, at the end of the day, we, as his children are blessed and we are invited to bless Him with gratitude, in praise and thanks.

In Peterson’s concluding chapter he states, as Christians we take our faith seriously, have our quiet times, read our bibles, go to church and make sure our children go to Sunday school, but do we do this with joy! Do we delight in God? Do we enjoy our good news so our witness is authentic? Because as the Westminster Shorter Catechism states the chief end of man is “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever”.

He says when we seek to delight in God in our daily life, no matter how difficult life is; we can still lift our hands and bless him. He draws the fact of giving God glory each day and seeking to enjoy him, enables us to bless him.

 I was pierced by this.

 

A Global Life: My Journey among the Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank - James D Wolfensohn (click on title to follow link to bookstore)

This book is autobiographically written with Jill Margo where the subtitle sums it up clearly. An ordinary boy who grew up in Sydney, where his father did his homework so he would get good marks in school, who accidently represented Australia in the 1956 Olympics in fencing, studied business in Harvard and then journeyed till by President Bill Clinton appointed him as President of the World Bank   in 1995. He presided there until 2005.

The World Bank is a global institute which seeks to end extreme poverty and share prosperity through interest free loans and grants to the poorest nations.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It taught me a lot about the World Bank and its attempt to deal with global poverty issues and development.

I also liked reading of his personal habits regarding vision and the yearly desire to ‘set course for the future, as well as the year ahead’. He believes this sort of thinking helped prepare him see the opportunities when they came, which shaped and created a full life.  I found myself thinking of the principle   “you are what you think”!  I found it easy to read, it gave me better understanding and inspiration. 

Publisher – Pan Macmillan, Australia Pty Limited 2010

Pages - 462

 

“The legacy of William Carey; a model for the transformation of a culture” - Vishal and Ruth Mangalwadi

William Carey is known as the father of modern mission. He wanted India and her people to know God, be loved for who they were and not be exploited. He preached God’s word faithfully, while helping develop India by introducing to them a savings system, engaged in growth of the Indigo(dye) enterprise and increased literacy among the poor. He translated Classical Indian literature into many tribal languages, so all could read and enjoy their culture. He also opened the world of botany to them by founding the Agri Horticultural Society of India at Alipore, Kolkata in 1820.

The author has taken time to show William Carey - “was an industrialist, economist and a medical humanitarian. He was also a media pioneer, educator and moral reformer. He was a botanist and a Christian missionary.” But as the author says, many people talk about Carey’s great desire for the people of India to know Jesus Christ, but few know of the impact this great love had on transforming a culture. To me this book shows clearly how the Gospel and social concern work together. It comes with a study guide by Darrow L Miller, the Vice-President of Hungry International, who feels this book will help us understand more about the poor and hungry, while being able to reflect deeply and personally on the importance of William Carey’s life for our own time.

I see this as ‘one man’s personal aid and development programme’, which the author says was the basis of a cultural transformation in India that stands till today.

Publisher – Crossway Books, Illinois 1999

Pages – 160

 

Old Testament Ethics for the people of God – Christopher J.H. Wright.

“A fully revised, updated and integrated edition of Living as the people of God and Walking in the Ways of the Lord”Old Testament Ethics For the People of God

The Author proposes a frame work from the Old Testament for living as God’s people. He then addresses the issues of;- economics, land and the poor, ecology, politics, law and justice, society, family and the individual. Wright shows God has set up a societal system for caring for the poor.  It is in the Old Testament and continues in the New Testament.

I am currently reading and working through this book, fairly slowly! A reasonably in-depth book where I am gaining a good understanding of God’s love and care for the poor, and that He has infrastructure set in place to care for them.

It was part and parcel of being in His kingdom and how St Paul picked up on it in the New Testament.

If you have time to sit and read and do some research on the issues of caring for the poor from the Bible, this would be a good place to start.

Publisher – Inter-Varsity Press, Nottingham, England – 2004

Pages – 520 (small print)

 

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger- Ronald J Sider (revised update available late October 15')

Moving from Affluence to Generosity Revised edition, 2005.Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity

Well, what can I say! It caused a stir among Christians back in the late 1970’s and has been hugely popular over the years till today.

“One of the Top 100 Religious Books of the Century” – Christianity Today

“When Ron Sider's Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger first appeared twenty-eight years ago, it shook readers to the core. Informed about the issues of world hunger and poverty, they could no longer ignore the plight of their global neighbours. This thoroughly revised edition of Sider's best-selling book outlines the progress that has been made in the last three decades, and the work that is still left to do. Every day 30,000 children still die of starvation and preventable diseases, and 1.2 billion people live in relentless, unrelieved poverty worldwide. “- says the editorial on the back cover of the book.

Sider covers a range of issues, including structural injustice, a simpler lifestyle, watching over each other in love, making trade fairer and addresses the question “does foreign aid help?”

This book is a great reference. It is a book you keep going back to again and again to get a better understanding of the issues he has presented. It is comprehensive and gives a solid grounding.

Publisher – Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Tennessee

Pages – 333.

 
Enjoy your quiet time...............
 
 
 
By: JACQUELINE DECARLO
Trade Paperback
Pages: 192
Published: Sep 2007
The European Union and United States pay fourteen billion dollars a year in Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide (MP3)
illegal agricultural subsidies. In textiles and agriculture, where developing world countries have a natural economic advantage, they are effectively 
priced out of the market, with devastating consequences for millions of people. Grounded in the inspiring power of Fair Trade as a positive alternative to poverty, environmental destruction, and human exploitation, 
this enlightening book explains how we can make a difference. With comprehensive coverage of Fair Trade principles, exploration of why Fair Trade is such a powerful economic and social justice tool, and methods for participation in Fair Trade at home and in society, it will empower the reader to tackle a key source of global injustice. Generating opportunities for self-reflection, and providing guideposts for new directions in personal 
consumption and civic participation, "Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide" is 
informative and inspiring.
 

 

 

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