The Poverty Of Nations – Wayne Grudem & Barry Asmus
I recently read through The Poverty Of Nations by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus. I took longer than normal to do so because I really wanted to give this book a thorough read. I wanted to drink deep from the authors perspectives and combined wisdom. I will say upfront that this work challenged and pushed me. There was definitely a point during the second chapter, where the authors repeatedly stated their desire for nations to produce more goods and services that I wanted to throw the book across the room and walk away from it. It was not that I did not agree with their points (I agreed with some and disagreed with others). Rather it was the overkill of that one phrase that just seemed too much for me. I will say it was effective though. As I read through the rest of the book it gave me a lens through which to view everything. The repetition drove home the key point so well that it was never far from my mind throughout the reading of the book.
I do wish the authors had interacted with scripture more and used it more of a starting place. However they are clear upfront how the book will be structured and what will be done and what will not. So while I might have wished that I was not surprised by the lack of it. All in all I think this is a very valuable group and one that should be worked through in community with other believers.