The End of Hunger: Renewed Hope for Feeding the World- Booklist Review

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The End of Hunger: Renewed Hope for Feeding the World.

Dyer, Jenny Eaton (editor), Cathleen Falsani (editor).

Oct. 2019. 220p. illus. Intervarsity/IVP, paper, $17 (9780830845712). 363.8.
REVIEW. First published August 30, 2019 (Booklist Online).

Hunger is often understood as an abstract problem occurring elsewhere, but it lurks the world over, including the poverty-ravaged “food deserts” of developed countries, in which convenience stores might be residents’ only source of food. Editors Dyer and Falsani root this collection of essays on the current state of global malnutrition and hunger in biblical understanding and a call for social justice. Notable contributors, including Amy Grant, Tony Campolo, Brad and Kimberly Williams Paisley, chef Rick Bayless, evangelical social activist Ron Sider, and former senator Bob Corker, weigh in with facts and anecdotes, some of which seem light in the face of such a heavy subject. More interesting are five essays from people who are living the struggle in Oaxaca, Malawi, Uganda, Nepal, and California. The book’s middle section is especially strong, making the case that mothers, infants, and children are doubly vulnerable to hunger and its attendant problems. Also included are contributor bios, a helpful glossary, and suggestions for taking next steps for advocacy, because hunger’s causes and solutions are always rooted in politics.

— Joan Curbow

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