- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited (22 Sept. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781488754
- ISBN-13: 978-1781488751
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Myth of the Undeserving Poor - A Christian Response to Poverty in Britain Today Paperback – 22 Sep 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
The point of the book is to challenge our common reactions to poverty in the UK, and suggest more biblically grounded alternatives, and biblical ways to help tackle poverty.
For me, it inspired some serious soul searching, in terms of how i react to stories about people who would rather stay on benefits than work; people who beg on the streets and spend any money they are given on drugs or alchohol; families on long term benefits who have 7 children and a massive flat screen tv. Am I really mirroring the grace that God showed us, or do I expect certain criteria to be met, and certain responses to be given, before i give my time or money?
Using Jesus' example, the authors (Martin Charlesworth and Nathalie Williams), show that at no point did Jesus make judgements about how much people 'deserved' healing, or food or ministry. So why do we?
That's the other great thing about this book, it helps us to unpack why we react and understand poverty in Britain, in the ways we often do.
The first third of the book explains some of the realities of poverty in Britain, the second looks at poverty from a biblical perspective, and the final third pulls all of this together to look at how, as Christians we should react to these realities.
I would recommend this fantastic book to anyone who has ever made a snap judgement about anyone in poverty (which, let's face it, is probably all of us).
It's strong, inspiring and challenging stuff!
The book begins by looking at the history of how the church has been involved in looking after the poor in Britian throughout the ages since the early Celtic church, the Roman Catholic Church, through the reformation and carried on by the Anglican Church and later by the Methodists and then into the 20th Century evangelical movements.
It honestly looks at how the church retreated from social action in the second part of the 20th century with the rise of secularism and liberalism and increasing state benefits from the wealth fare system and the national health.
It then goes onto look at how the state has started to withdraw some of this help and how attitudes in Britain have changed towards the poor since the 1980s and into the most recent recession of 2007/2008. The authors discuss how these attitudes have been influenced by the media in a negative way. They further look at how the church in 21st century Britain is starting to respond to these attitudes and the rise of poverty, with food banks, debt advice, credit unions, job clubs, toddler groups and much more. Particularly interesting, is how the church has franchised these ideas and are replicating them all over the country.
The book then returns to the bible and explores how and what God sees as poor and how the Jews in the Old Testament, and then Christians in the new testaments should treat and look after the poor.
Basicall, the book is calling all Christians to think ! and not just believe all that we see and hear in the media, to read the bible and act out what it commands us to do.
I highly recommend reading this short but challenging book.
Through the authors’ research (which was of a high standard and moderated by an independent researcher) I was shocked to discover these facts:
- “Children living in poverty were twice as likely to come from a working household than one in which no adult works”
- Academic analysis of media coverage of the poor shows “a thinly veiled attitude…that poverty is a character defect.”
- Under Thatcher’s government, welfare spending (as a percentage of GDP) was higher than Blair’s, which was lowest since 1950s. Now lower still.
- “Inequality between richest and poorest has risen faster in Britain that in any other developed country since 1975.”
- When Christians were asked about the morality of economic inequality the answers split according to which political party they supported.
Conservative-voting Christians were significantly less sympathetic to poor than Green or Labour-voting Christians.
There were so many other brilliant facts and observations that my book is worn out from all the underlining. Highly Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Demystifying some of the information we are fed daily, an eye opener, a challenger and an essential book for anyone to read. Highly recommend!Published 4 months ago by BB2
A reminder that the current social narrative that the majority of the poor are feckless and irresponsible is not the attitude that will solve anything. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book explains how our society became focussed on money as a cure for all types of poverty (4 types are described) and the effect this had on society. Read morePublished 14 months ago by S. Clements
Sometimes a book comes your way that challenges your attitudes and assumptions. This is one of them! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andy Creighton
Hard to read about the rejection and demonising of so many deprived people in trouble.Published 15 months ago by Mike Allen
A very sobering thought provoking book, which EVERYONE should read - we could help so much more if we didn't believe these myths!!Published 15 months ago by Cherrill M. Mason
Counters the myth that the various media gives that all poor people are just undeserving benefit scroungers, a few are of course but they are in the minority. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. E. Atkins
Effectively explodes the myths. Very topical in the light of the current tax credit debatePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer