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Hope in Troubled Times: A New Vision for Confronting Global Crises [Paperback]

Bob Goudzwaard , Mark Vander Vennen , David Van Heemst
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1 May 2007
We want to have it all: financial strength, secure homes, clean air and water for our children. With the latest technological advances available, we deserve to have every dilemma resolved. Isn't that the way it's supposed to work? Hope in Troubled Times dares to say "no." Poverty, terrorism, and overtaxed land are planetary problems that make even believers despair. But the authors point to Christ as the source of hope. Our choice is obvious. We work together, learning to live unselfishly, or we watch civilization sink further into the abyss. With a foreword by renowned human rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Hope in Troubled Times provides realworld solutions to lifethreatening problems. The authors show that with God's guidance we can knock down the idols that stunt clear thinking.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801032482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801032486
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 793,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bob Goudzwaard (Ph.D., Erasmus University) is professor emeritus of economics and social philosophy at the Free University of Amsterdam and a former member of the Dutch Parliament. His many books include Globalization and the Kingdom of God.Mark Vander Vennen (M.A., M.Ed., R.S.W.) is a writer and social worker living in Ontario, Canada. David Van Heemst (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is professor of political science at Olivet Nazarene University and the author of two books.

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We live in troubled times. Worldwide poverty, environmental degradation, widespread terrorism: the problems are massive and potentially catastrophic. As we face these global crises, is it possible to react with hope rather than despair? Is disaster inevitable and beyond our control, or Is it possible to get under the surface of these issues and begin to see new possibilities for our world?

"Hope in troubles times" (2007) was written by Dutch professor and former MP Bob Goudzwaard, Canada-based writer and social worker Mark Vander Vennen, and US-based professor David Van Heemst. The bulk of the content comes from Goudzwaard, building on his 1984 book, "Idols of our time". The main text (205 pages) is accessible to the general reader, while the notes (35 pages) make it suitable for academic readers too.

The authors' contention in the book is that we find ourselves in the grip of powerful modern ideologies. These ideologies first latch onto a worthy goal (such as prosperity in the face of extreme injustice and poverty, or security in the face of potential attack), then propose a means by which that goal can be reached (such as the operation of free markets, or weapons technology), and then seek to reshape the whole of reality in the service of those means. The means then function something like a traditional idol: we create something, we entrust ourselves to it, and then we find it seems to have a life of its own, demanding greater and greater sacrifices while the good things that the idol promised become more and more elusive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You may stop looking....you have found the BEST book on the market!!! 1 Mar 2008
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A Must Have!! Amazing, Powerful, Encouraging TRUTH. "Hope In Troubled Times" is one of the BEST books I have ever read concerning the crises of our world today. It is amazing how these authors examine worldwide poverty, environmental degradation, and widespread terrorism and present a "new vision" for these crises. It analyzes the ideologies of the past and weighs them against present societies.

The book suggests we've looked within ourselves long enough to try and solve these problems. Perhaps now, through Scripture's lens, it is time to reevaluate. They recognize how great the crises we face are and encourage each of us to "open our deepest convictions for examinations and review by others...locate areas of common ground, and explore genuine partnership around steps for concrete action." With God, we can turn away from the destructive path we are on.

Look for the analogies on the fruit tree and the circle and cross - what an eye opener! You will truly be inspired!
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