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  • Hardcover: 57 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (3 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849901928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849901928
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 16.3 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,525,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tom Davidson on 19 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
'On the Move' is based on Bono's speech before the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington in 2006 along with photographs that he took during his first trip to Ethiopia in 1986. I especially loved reading about how Bono became involved in relief efforts in Africa. I was deeply touched by Bono's words which are a call for compassion and justice for Africa. Over 6000 Africans are dying every day from preventable diseases and we need to do something about it. I admire Bono for his caring and compassion and it shows through in his words. I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be informed and inspired.

I also recommend lectures given by Stephen Lewis, who has worked tirelessly on helping Africans with AIDS, called 'Race Against Time.' These lectures shows that we can transform the world in a better direction to achieve goals of universal primary education, to stop the scourge AIDS and to create environmental sustainability.

I would also recommend some books on compassion from a spiritual perspective, including: an audio CD by Pema Chodron called 'Awakening Compassion: Meditation Practice for Difficult Times.' Also try 'Teachings on Love' by the revered Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and a fiction book about how we're all interconnected 'NEXUS: A Neo Novel.'
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This is really a very moving book. And also very personal and emotional. Bono is a good storyteller and shows what moves him to do his work for Africa. Powerful and inspiring!
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
A Beautiful Book 17 Mar. 2007
By Timothy Neufeld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Just released, Bono's book, On the Move, is a wonderful little presentation of his message at the National Prayer Breakfast from February 2, 2006. The speech itself is worth the price of the book, but what makes this so special is the collection of images and pictures that comes with it.

On the Move features B&W photographs that Bono took of Africans during his first trip to Ethiopia in 1986. These photos, along with other graphics, perfectly complement the theme of Bono's message. The type, the fonts and the colors do the same. It's a wonderfully creative and thoughtful collection of images, text and spirit.

The introduction features comments:

We never anticipated that once we achieved our freedom we would face another challenge of this magnitude. We cannot win this fight on our own, and we rely on people like Bono to help us beat this pandemic. -Nelson Mandela

Few people of our day are more committed to using their celebrity for the cause of the poor around the world than my friend Bono. -Rev. Billy Graham

A superstar of rock speaking at a National Prayer Breakfast in a Republican White House? How strange is that? Yet it's testimony to the effectiveness of Bono's campaigning to help the marginalized and the poor. Read this book and then act on it! -Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Please buy this book for its message, its artistry, its imagery, and because every penny of royalty is being donated to the ONE Campaign to make poverty history.

"Love is on the move. Mercy is on the move. God is on the move."

"This is what happens when God is on the move."
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Rock Superstar Bono Emerges As Major Theological Force 8 Sept. 2007
By Mark B. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book documents the emergence of Rock superstar Bono as a major theological force in the interest of ending extreme poverty in Africa, where six thousand die of AIDS each day. He is becoming the Martin Luther King of Africa aid relief.

"There is a continent--Africa--being consumed by flames. I truly believe that when the history books are written, our age will be remembered for three things: the war on terror, the digital revolution, and what we did--or did not do--to put the fire out in Africa. History, like God, is watching what we do." This quote is accompanied by the words FREEDOM and EQUALITY repeated numerous times in the form of a map of Africa.

Bono updates Isaiah 58:9-11 to report on the presence of God in today's world. "God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both of their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them."

Bono founded the advocacy group DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) in 2002. It is a member of ONE, the Camapaign to Make Poverty History. In 2006 he launched Product (RED) to engage businesses in the fight against AIDS. He lives in Dublin, Ireland with his wife and four children.

Bono wants the United States to give an additional one percent of its federal budget annually to end world poverty. Beside a picture of a barely clothed African child, Bono says "Where you live should no longer determine whether you live." He adds, "We hear that call in the One Campaign, a growing movement of more than two million Americans left and right together, united in the belief that where you live should no longer determine whether you live."

Bono eloquently summarizes more of his agenda, "Preventing the poorest of the poor from selling their products while we sing the virtues of the free market--that's a justice issue. Holding children ransom for the debts of their grandparents--that's a justice issue. Withholding the life-saving medicines out of defeerence to the Office of Patents--that's a justice issue. And while the law is what wwe say it is, God is not silent on the subject."

Bono is of both Protestant and Catholic ancestry in a land deeply divided by literal warfare over the differences between these religions. "Religion often gets in the way of God, " Bono says. "I was cynical. Not about God, but about God's politics."

Bono was called to action by concept of the millennial year of 2000 being a Jubilee year, "an opportunity to cancel the chronic debts of the world's poorest people. They (the advocates of a Jubilee year) had the audacity to renew the Lord's call--and they were joined by Pope John Paul II, who, from an Irish half-Catholic's point of view, may have had a more direct line to the Almighty."

This is a book to stir people to action by man who, the publisher notes, "has brought about tremendous change--billions of dollars in debt relief have been forgiven and thousands of lives have been saved. But more than that, he has opened our eyes to the dignity, beauty, and strength of this continent. His eloquence when speaking about Africa at the National Prayer Breakfast inspired this book. My hope is that it will inspire you as well."

This is a book that does stir people to action, that ought to be read by people who want ideas on how to use their time and money to solve major problems facing the world. Bill Clinton, active in raising money and public consciousness for African relief in the years since he left the White House, describes this book as "Inspirational words from a man of faith and action. Bono's message is one of unparalled hope and challenge. He goes where others don't and makes us want to follow."

A rock star as an international moral leader? It is an unusual concept to be sure. But Bono says, "When churches started deomonstrating on debt, governments listened--and acted. When churches started organizing, petitioning, and even that most unholy of acts today, God forbid, lobbying on AIDS and global health, governments listened and acted.

"I'm here (at the National Prayer breakfast) today in all humility to say: you changed minds; you changed policy; you changed the world.

"Look, whatever thoughts you have about God, who God is or if God exists--most will agree that if there is a God, God has a special place for the poor. In fact, the poor are where God lives."

Bono notes the intense interest in poverty in the scriptures. "It's not a coincidence that in the Scriptures, poverty is mentioned more than 2,100 times. That's a lot of airtime, 2,100 mentions." He praises our country for doubling aid to Africa, tripling funding for global health, putting 900,000 people onto life-saving anti-viral drugs and providing 11,000,000 bed nets to protect children from malaria.

"Outstanding human achievements. Counterintuitive. Historic. Be very, very proud. But here's the bad news. There is much more to do. There's a gigantic chasm between the scale of the emergency and the scale of the respons. And finally, it's not a questions about charity after all, is it? It's about justice."

Bono works to incite his audience to action. "But justice is a higher standard. Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice. It makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties; it doubts our concern; it questions our commitment."

This is book that is moving, provocative, and insightful. The greater its audience, the greater will be the world's response to one of the great international challenges of our time.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A great reminder 19 Mar. 2007
By Sarah Snelling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bono has been commenting on Africa for the last 20 years and this concise speech puts all of his thoughts together in one beautiful, lyrical speech.

The presentation in the book is stellar and it reminded me that the true message of Christianity is in our actions and not just our words. The concept of Jubilee and the idea that we could make a difference by giving a small fraction are life changing.

Stunning pictures and great visuals backup the message and this is one book I will keep out and on display at home.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
More than I could expect 2 May 2007
By Y. Bartsch - Published on Amazon.com
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For a small book, this one packs the hugest punch of all! I knew that getting something Bono was involved with would really move me but I had no idea how much. This book should be read by every human being on the planet. 2nd behind the Bible.

His love for Africa and his passion for this country is obvious from the first page to the last. Just reading his words have inspired me to get more involved than I already am.

My prayer is that this book will have the same impact on all who read it and that we will all share it with the rest of the world.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Bono's Speech 10 April 2007
By M. Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book. Bono is extremely eloquent and passionate about these ideas and the book is put together in a way to reflect this passion.
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