Dirty Faith by David Nowell

Bringing the love of Christ to the least of these is the subtitle of this short paperback written to propel “believers” into “followers” by getting their hands dirty in service. The author runs an organization called Hope Unlimited for Children, which helps victims of sex trafficking, child prisoners, and kids living on the streets of Brazil. His writing focuses on those marginalized groups of people as he applies Matthew 25:40: The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”. I had expected the book to be more inclusive of the variety of individuals described as “the least of these” we are called to serve, but understandably, the author dwells on the particular people that are most relevant to his ministry. While the personal stories of rescue and redemption were inspiring, I felt disconnected to most of the content. I agree with the author that Christians must roll up our sleeves and enter the trenches of the sometimes difficult and messy work of loving the ones God brings into our lives, whether that is next door or around the world. He also makes the important point that the most authentic and effective way this is accomplished is through “relationship” and “community” rather than projects or programs. Readers will probably be convicted to examine their own priorities and perspectives on stewardship and resources. However, the writing style will likely lose the attention of some readers, who may perceive it as somewhat condescending, manipulative, or emotional.

untitled1I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through Bethany House blogger review program in exchange for an honest appraisal.