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The View From Down in Poordom

Reflections on Scriptures Addressing Poverty

by Paul McKay & Illustrated by Keith L. Head



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/17/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781512776041
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781512776065
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781512776058

About the Book

“In The View From Down in Poordom, Paul McKay challenges the notion that through hard work and effort, anyone can overcome the modern-day challenges of poverty, a view that leads to stereotyping and scapegoating the poor. In sharing poignant stories about poor people he’s known in the U.S. and third-world Belize, and by sharing his passionate opinions in an even-handed, non-threatening way, he offers a scripture-based vision of how we can know God by knowing the poor.”

— Susanne Johnson, Ph.D. Perkins School of Theology

“Paul McKay reminds us that, if we pay attention to life down in Poordom, we will discover responsibilities we too often evade and truths about the layered experience of poverty that we often studiously ignore. But we will also discover unexpected treasures: the gift of friendship, wisdom that cannot be purchased, and the face of God.”

— Frederick W. Schmidt, Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and author of The Dave Test: A Raw Look at Real Faith in Hard Times

About the Author

The Rev. Paul McKay is an ordained United Methodist Church deacon who served as a second-career hospital and hospice chaplain in North Texas. In a journalism career spanning 32 years, Rev. McKay was an award-winning, general-assignments reporter for newspapers including The Houston Chronicle. He was also an associate editor of the now-defunct The United Methodist Reporter. Currently living in Belize, he blogs at