It’s a new year, which means new opportunities to learn and advocate, so why not tie the two together and learn more about advocacy? We have compiled a list of 17 books, articles, and more to give you the opportunity to learn about advocacy, God’s call for justice, and issues that impact the global poor.
Growing Your Advocacy:
1. Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World by Rev. Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel: Many people advocate, but how do you take a biblical approach to advocacy? This book tackles that question and more to help guide your faith-based advocacy.
2. Global Soccer Mom: Changing the World Is Easier Than You Think by Shayne Moore: Maybe you want to advocate and do more to help the poor, but you are too busy and don’t know where to start. If so, this book is for you. Learn how easy it can be to raise your voice and have an impact!
3. The Little Book of Biblical Justice: A Fresh Approach to the Bible’s Teaching on Justice by Chris Marshall: Find out what the Bible has to say about biblical justice with the help of this book. This is a great tool for deepening your understanding of faith and advocacy, inspiring you to do more!
4. There Is No Such Thing as ‘The Voiceless’ by Rachel Karman: Advocacy is not about us being a voice, it is about using our voice to empower others. We speak up against oppression; we do not replace the voices of the oppressed.
5. Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development by Bryant Myers: Learn about the best practices for missions and how Christian non-profit organizations are successfully working to end poverty.
6. A new global research agenda for food by Lawrence Haddad, Corinna Hawkes, Patrick Webb, Sandy Thomas, John Beddington, Jeff Waage, & Derek Flynn: In this article, you will learn about the shift from feeding people to nourishing them in sustainable and efficient ways that empower them to become self-sufficient.
7. Global Food Security: A Past, Present, and Future Approach by Senator Pat Roberts: Learn about global food security from Senator Pat Roberts as he shares his experience and what he believes should be done to help end hunger.
8. The Road to Food Security by Mark Sawyer: Find out how a road can help pave the way to food security in places like sub-Saharan Africa in this short article.
9. How Childhood Trauma Can Cause Premature Aging by Jeffrey Kluger: In a world where many children have grown up in war or as refugees, it is important to examine the effects their experiences have on their future. This article digs into trauma and how it impacts children.
10. To Escape Poverty, Girls Are Choosing to Be Child Soldiers in the DRC by Rumbi Chakamba: This article talks about girls in the Dominican Republic of the Congo (DRC) and why they are choosing to be child soldiers, an issue that is important to consider if we plan to protect children from violence.
11. What Is the What by Dave Eggers: This is a novel about Valentino Achak Deng, a member of the Lost Boys of Sudan program and a refugee. Read his story and learn about life as a Sudanese refugee.
12. Ebola Took a Toll on Maternal Health: Study by Alexandra Sifferlin: The Ebola outbreak caused many people to fear public areas, especially health facilities. In this article based on a new study, learn how this fear has impacted maternal and child health.
13. Scientists put $177 billion price tag on cost of poor child growth by Emma Batha: How much money do you think is lost when children don’t grow up healthy? This article looks at the numbers and why it is essential to act.
14. The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World by Roger Thurow: As you experience the first 1,000 days with four mothers and their babies in this book, learn about the challenges that face families living in poverty around the world.
15. Breaking the Taboo: How School WASH Impacts Girls’ Education by Leslie Rose: This article will help you understand how water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) impacts girls’ education by looking at WASH projects in various Zambian communities.
16. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett, Brian Fikkert, and John Perkins: This is a great read for understanding the complexities of solving poverty, what doesn’t work, and how we can do better in the future.
17. World Humanitarian Day: U.N. Urges Solidarity With 130 Million People Facing ‘Impossible Choices’ by Stephen O’Brien: In this article, learn about the sacrifices humanitarian workers make every day and how you can support them and the people they serve.
Photo: Kham and her only daughter Phallika, 10, are reading the Bible in Cambodia. © 2015 World Vision/ photo by Chetra Ten