The Rising of Bread for the World
Bread for the World founder Arthur Simon‘s autobiographical book on his organization came out last month. I’m really glad to see this book! I tend to read very little non-fiction–I read articles for information, not books–but autobiography and memoir are tolerable when there is a strong narrative insight. Plus, this one’s short–only 168 pages. (Disclosure: Miss A‘s sister Sophie works for Bread for the World.)
Though I differ politically from Miss A on just about every issue under the sun, and I have a drastically different view of the role of government, I’ve got to admit that I am a fan of faith-based organizations. At their best, they provide a model and an inspiration to government. When people come together to tackle and solve a problem independent of the state, well, that’s the heartbeat of democracy; we’re all invested in the world, and we all have a say in how it will be. We don’t have to wait for elections to ignite change.
Yesterday, WaPo’s On Faith column discussed Simon’s life. The column highlighted Simon’s relationship with his children and his marriages. It will be interesting to see how the book handles the topic. I’m always a little sad but intrigued by the real and poignant sacrifices people sometimes make while serving a larger cause.
The Rising of Bread for the World: An Outcry of Citizens Against Hunger is available at Amazon and through independent booksellers.
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