The struggles [Zink] has as he lives and learns and serves in a situation of desperate poverty and horrible disease make Grace at the Garbage Dump a highly valuable tool for exploring a new sense of mission….
Zink is an engaging writer who tells stories well, and stories are the heart and soul of the book…. Zink excels at both drawing you in compassionately to the individuals and analyzing the social and political structures that contribute to an unjust world that leaves some living short lives on a garbage heap.
The book is a primer on the two-thirds world, the world of the vast majority of the global population…. His description of the ravages of AIDS – which affects directly or indirectly everyone he serves – is particularly instructing to those of us for whom this disease can be (though should not be) regarded as less prevalent…. The book would make an excellent study in a Christian Education program, if only to help people from the one-third world understand the desperate needs of the rest of the world.
Making sense of mission is our important new challenge as disciples of Christ. This book’s greatest strength is that it puts real flesh and real blood on what the missio dei looks like on the ground today.
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And if you’re not ready to buy, remember you can always read the first chapter for free on Amazon.
If you’re planning to be at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, I’ll be selling and signing books (at a special Convention-only price!) on Sunday, July 8. Stay tuned for details.