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Making a World of Difference

A short book about the times we live in and how the local church can make a difference

2023

Making a World of Difference booklet - English cover image

Our world is not as it was created to be; from environmental decay, suffering, and political extremism, to conflict, poverty, and social and economic instability. But God is calling us, the church, to respond to this!

This book tells you why, shows you how, and gives you hope that you can make a world of difference. It includes solid, biblical teaching on key topics – such as the climate and nature emergencies – and offers a theology of justice. It is complete with carefully crafted discussion questions for one person or a small group to use. 

The book is divided into three sections: 

  • Section 1: We live in interesting times
  • Section 2: The Bible’s big story
  • Section 3: What this means for the church

Making A World of Difference was produced by Renew Our World, a global movement of Christians – including Tearfund – who work towards a more fair and sustainable world. The lead author is Revd Dr Dave Bookless, Director of Theology for A Rocha International, Catalyst for Creation Care for the Lausanne Movement, and a Board member for Renew Our World. The book has been informed, shaped and revised by Christians from different denominations and continents across the world.

‘I love this book and warmly commend it.’
Chris Wright, Global Ambassador, Langham Partnership

As you read through this short book, it will take you on a journey. You may find yourself facing uncomfortable new facts or being reminded of what you know but are avoiding.

You will be taken back to the Bible, to see how the story of what we see around the world today fits within God’s big story linking Genesis to Revelation, creation to new creation. You will be encouraged to ask questions, to reflect about your own choices and your church or organisation’s priorities. And finally, you will read stories of encouragement and hope, rooted in scripture and in God’s work today all around the world, that we pray will inspire you to get involved in caring for creation.

Testimonials

  • ‘I love this booklet and warmly commend it for three reasons: first, it is short and very easy to read and get your head around; second, it keeps making you stop and think by asking searching questions again and again (ideal for church and student groups); and third, it combines great biblical teaching (that I wholly agree with!) with lively and inspiring examples from all round the world, to help you not just think again, but choose to go and do likewise.’

    Chris Wright Global Ambassador, Langham Partnership

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