The founder and president emeritus of Bread for the World discusses the launching, mission, and growth of the nation's foremost citizens' lobby on hunger. An inspiring tale of faith at work in an organization that transcends many of the usual societal divides---religious, political, and cultural. 192 pages, softcover. Paulist.
The book is an autobiographical account of the launching and development of the nation's foremost citizens lobby on hunger.
In this autobiography, author and retired pastor Simon traces the path of his life to show how he began and developed Bread for the World, the influential religious lobby on hunger. Simon's past experience with the civil rights movement laid the groundwork for a life championing rights for the oppressed and underprivileged. While taking leave from pastoral duties to study hunger, Simon saw Christianity as the social force that could push government to change hunger policy, thereby aiding the impoverished. He forged a lobbying organization that gained congressional approval for two grain reserves; amassed more than 58,000 members; attracted leaders like Bono and Bob Dole; and obtained $15.5 billion in funding for poverty-stricken countries in 2008 alone. As he takes readers through a crash course on hunger policy and the workings of a Christian nonprofit, Simon applauds all those who helped leave their fingerprints on the struggle to overcome world hunger. If readers can have patience through the chapters on Simon's early years, they will find themselves cheering on a humble, mission-driven organizationand perhaps be persuaded to join the movement. (July) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.