Synopsis: Examples of people around the world and throughout history who have embodied Christ-like compassionate community work. Endorsements: 'Are you looking for some inspiration to lead a life worthy of Christ? Dave Andrews' People of Compassion may be the book for you! The collection of forty of these biographies into one volume provides a valuable source of encouragement and instruction by example in the area of compassion. The focus is on the way in which each person advocated for justice and defended the poor. There is something to learn in every profile. The 'Suggestions for Meditation' section at the conclusion of each biography is helpful. A great resource for personal reflections, group studies, sermon illustrations, and children's talks.' - Cheryl Catford, Australian Evangelical Alliance "People of Compassion is a collection of forty stories about ordinary people throughout history who have embodied Christ's extraordinary spirit of compassion . . . The book is no ordinary collection of the saints because, rather than focusing on gruesome martyrdoms, bleeding statues, etc., Andrews has presented these people as genuine people who listened to God's word and acted accordingly. Andrews has presented a wide selection of men and women from a variety of cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds. I could relate to many of the people in the stories, and found this a source of personal inspiration to act with greater compassion. People of Compassion is a little book of hope that we all can make this world a better place. It would be a wonderful book for a minister, for individual reflection and for group study." - Naomi Waldron, Journey Magazine Author Biography: Dave Andrews is an Australian Christian anarchist author, speaker, social activist, and community worker who, along with his wife, Ange, and their family have lived and worked in intentional communities with marginalized groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India for over forty years. Along with friends, Dave and Ange started Aashiana, Sahara, and Sharan--three Christian community organizations working with slum dwellers, sex workers, and people with HIV/AIDS in India. He is also a part of Waiters Union, an inner-city Christian community network working with Indigenous Australians, refugees and people with disabilities in Australia. Dave is also an Elder for Servants to Asia's Urban Poor, an educator for TEAR Australia, a Christian international aid and development agency, and a lecturer at the University of Queensland and Christian Heritage College.
Dave Andrews has been a featured "sobriety expert" on more than fifty national and international talk shows. As "America's #1 Sobriety Coach," he is the leading expert in helping others recover, reclaim, and reinvent their lives without alcohol, and serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit organizations Young People in Recovery and Advocates for Recovery. CEO of The 30-Day Solution, LLC, he resides outside Denver, Colorado, with his family, and has been sober for over eight years.
Brian McLaren is founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington region. He is the author of numerous books includingA New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy and Finding Our Way Again.