A few months ago, Leanne asked me to write a  ZOE Projects blog post about some recommended readings.  I love to read and if you visited my home you’d find that I have two or three books “on the go”.  Some of the reasons I love to read is that it broadens my worldview, educates my ignorance and challenges my perspective.  So, here are just 3 books to get you started.

Clear your schedule, get a cup of coffee or tea, find a comfortable chair, put up your feet and … read!

1. The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

by Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros

This book is written by the founder and president of International Justice Mission (Haugen) and a federal prosecutor (Boutros).  Be warned that this is not an ‘easy’ read.  Many times I found myself only able to read small portions simply because of the distressing stories of violence, especially against women and children.  However, Haugen and Boutros make every effort to counteract this with marvelous stories of redemption reminding us that Jesus our Kinsmen Redeemer is at work in the world through individuals brave enough to challenge the works of evil in His name.

2. A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

In many ways this book is the sequel to Half the Sky written by two amazing journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn.  I loved this book because it focuses on telling stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  An inspiring book that builds on the concept of passionate people helping vulnerable people in real, tangible and unexpected ways.  This is definitely a feel good read!  And the exciting news is that it will be premiering on PBS as a three part series January 26, February 2 and February 9 2015!!

3. The Taste of Many Mountains

by Bruce Wydick

This is a novel based on an actual research project on fair trade coffee funded by USAID.  It is s story that touches on global economy and examines the realities of the coffee trade from the perspective of young researchers struggling to understand the chasm between the world’s rich and poor.  For Java lovers, it will provide a behind the scenes look at your morning cup of Starbucks or Timmies!