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Hope Realized Book Review

A world free of poverty is possible—when we reimagine the powerful force of hope and what it can do.

Poverty isn’t just a lack of resources. Often, even after resources are available, poverty and homelessness linger here in America and in third world countries. Why is that? And can anything be done to help?

The problem is bigger than a lack of resources, wealth, or education. A lie of hopelessness is holding Christians captive, preventing them from moving forward, and perpetuating hardships in global poverty.

It might feel hopeless, but it’s not. You can make a meaningful difference once you understand the missing piece you can offer.

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Poverty doesn’t seem like it would be an insurmountable problem. When you’re not poor, it actually seems like a relatively easy problem to solve.  But author James Belt III understands first-hand why the simplified ways that people who aren’t living in poverty think that poverty can be solved aren’t always effective. With his many years in the trenches of poverty in Nicaragua as a missionary, Belt understands why poverty’s not a problem we can simply throw money at and expect a magical result. 

As an engaging storyteller, Belt takes readers on a rollercoaster ride through multiple people and organizations’ attempts at breaking through barriers to poverty. Belt paints a realistic picture of what makes systemic poverty so difficult to overcome. At times inspiring and heartbreaking, Hope Realized remains hopeful for a brighter future.

Just when I was starting to lose hope that lasting change to break the cycle of poverty is possible, Belt made the case for the power we each have to contribute to making change.

Who would benefit from this book?

If you care about those who are struggling through poverty, both in your native country and in the rest of the world, Hope Realized: How the Power of Practical and Spiritual Development Can Diminish Poverty and Expose the Lie of Hopelessness is for you. 

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