John Barry here, founder of the nonprofit Jesus' Economy. Have you ever had one of those moments when, after a long journey, you feel like you finally understand what God has been doing?
On the road of following Jesus into the unknown of starting the nonprofit Jesus' Economy—and then selling our house and most of what we own to go full-time with the organization—Kalene and I have often felt vulnerable, scared, and even alone. But along the way, Jesus has taught us much and drawn us closer to himself. Today, I have the honor of presenting that journey to you in the form of my new book Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change.
In the book Jesus' Economy, I invite you to journey with me into the unknown. I tell you stories from my time serving with the nonprofit Jesus' Economy in Northeast India, working among the homeless in the Pacific Northwest, and working on church planting initiatives in a primarily unchurched area of the United States. As I lived these stories, God taught me what it means to truly love. That's why I share them with you.
This journey also goes into the ancient world as we learn from our teacher Jesus, his earliest followers, and the biblical prophets. In their teachings, we find that a biblical pattern for alleviating poverty and sharing the love of Jesus emerges. Throughout the book, I draw on my background in biblical scholarship to answer the question, "What is a biblical view of poverty?" It's probably not what you would guess.
At the heart of the book is an idea that changed my entire life. That idea is that Jesus has a new economy in mind. Jesus' economy is based on self-sacrifice and his currency is love.
I want to empower you to live Jesus' economy—the currency of love. And that's why the book Jesus' Economy includes an entire section that is very practical. It tells you how to sustainably and effectively alleviate poverty in a wide variety of contexts.
Join the movement by picking up your copy of my new book Jesus' Economy. 100% of my proceeds go to the nonprofit Jesus' Economy to fuel the movement of creating jobs and churches in the developing world.