Want to shower the world with God’s love? Feel like you should do more for the poor but aren’t sure where to start?
In this book, author John Christopher Frame, PhD, having encountered poverty around the world, will help you on your journey of putting your faith into action. With Frame’s thoughtful, down-to-earth, deep dive into Christian living, you’ll feel closer to God and more encouraged to care for others.
7 Attitudes of the Helping Heart: How to Live Out Your Faith and Care for the Poor is a captivating, easy-to-read book designed to show you how to keep your faith central in all you do. Through compelling stories and practical teaching, you’ll learn how to better love and support those in need.
Many people who live in developed countries take our relative wealth for granted. We have access to clean water, food, and the great majority have adequate housing and access to education and healthcare. Author John Christopher Frame’s 7 Attitudes of a Helping Heart is a guide for those who believe we should help others, but find reasons and excuses not to do it.
The compelling introduction by Jim Lyon makes the case for the book. Many people face internal challenges to offering a helping heart. Can helping make a difference? How much money should I give? What will they spend the money on? These are all too real questions we might ask ourselves when it comes to helping the poor.
Mr. Frame transports readers through the poorest nations, introducing them to Sak, Theary, and Pun; three “poor” people from different walks of life. Their poignant stories prove that the wants, needs, and desires of all humans are very similar, no matter our financial status in life.
The attitudes cover universal “goodness”, such as Compassion, Generosity & Holiness, and Hope. Each includes examples as food for thought and a free companion study guide is available for more emphasis on the topics. (I didn’t review the companion guide.) While the 7 Attitudes of a Helping Heart is a Christian concept, it’s also just what “good” people strive to do, whether they’re Christian or not. Perhaps this is why there are no Biblical references included in the book, but I felt the message could have been more compelling if it were supported by scripture.
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HOW THIS BOOK AFFECTED ME:
The concept of 7 Attitudes of a Helping Heart spoke directly to my heart. The conversations between husband and wife as described in the book mirror those in my home. How much to give and to whom? It really requires some soul-searching. It reminds me of the verse, To whom much is given, much will be required, Luke 12:48. There is a high expectation for those who have been blessed with “much” material wealth to give accordingly. This book challenged me to rethink my role in helping the needy.
WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS BOOK:
Anyone looking to put Christian philanthropic principles into action would enjoy this book. Anyone struggling to figure out how to help people or make the world a better place would enjoy this call to action to “do something” by developing the seven attitudes of a helping heart. Looking to curb selfish tendencies? 7 Attitudes of the Helping Heart is for you!
About THE AUTHOR, John Christopher Frame:
John Christopher Frame is an author and a faculty member at an online university. He has lived internationally and holds a PhD from the University of Oxford. Publishers Weekly stated his first book, Homeless at Harvard: Finding Faith and Friendship on the Streets of Harvard Square, was “touching, and well worth the read…” John’s passion is combining his interests in theology and social concerns to help Christians become more aware of global issues so they can better live out their faith.
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