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Profs. Fikkert & Mask Recognized in Christianity Today Book Awards

Drs. Brian Fikkert and Russell Mask’s book From Dependence to Dignity: How to Alleviate Poverty Through Church-Centered Microfinance won an award of merit in the missions/global church category of Christianity Today’s 2016 book awards.


Christianity Today’s annual book awards highlight works from the previous year in twelve categories. Publishers are encouraged to nominate books for the awards, and the final selection process is handled by a committee of scholars, pastors, and other readers.


Zondervan released From Dependence to Dignity in May 2015. The book seeks to answer the questions: how can Christians in the Majority World take on poverty in their own churches and neighborhoods and how can churches located in economically prosperous countries partner with Global South churches to confront poverty? Focusing on microfinance, Fikkert and Mask guide readers through common problems microfinance initiatives encounter and chart out a path for churches to appropriately employ microfinance enterprises in their efforts to alleviate poverty.


In listing the award, Christianity Today included a note of recommendation from Paul Borthwick, professor of missions at Gordon College. Borthwick writes, “Confronted with global poverty and the corresponding suffering, the North American church can fall prey to a pair of mistaken approaches: retreating from a seemingly impossible task, or responding with impulsive but misapplied generosity. This book offers a way forward that can serve to build long-term solutions.”


You can read the full list of Christianity Today’s 2016 book awards here.