"An expansive, clear-eyed, genre-bending account of the beautiful and costly--but sometimes paternalistic--work of Christian compassion. Ranging from first-century almsgiving to twenty-first-century fair trade, this remarkable book is a must-read for theologians, practitioners, and observers of those who have sought to care for 'the least of these.'"
--David Swartz, Associate Professor of History, Asbury University, and author of Facing West: American Evangelicals in an Age of World Christianity
"In a world that is prone to either romanticism (sentimentality) or rationality (cold calculus), Lynn's Christian Compassion reminds us of the profound theological contributions of compassion throughout Christian history. The virtue of Christian compassion, 'to suffer with' the poor and with the Crucified Christ, purifies our faith to become witnesses of the gospel."
--Michael J. Naughton, Director, Center for Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas
"This timely work should be read by all who wish to play their part in the unfolding drama. In Christian Compassion, Monty Lynn reminds us that compassion is more than an idea, an emotion, an experience, or even an action. It is the continuing tale of care, empathy, experience, love, and transformation of the people of God."
--Tom Harvey, Academic Dean, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
"In this sweeping history, Monty Lynn ably introduces readers to leading lights and some lesser-known figures who have contributed to our understanding of compassion within the Christian tradition. More than a history, Lynn here presents compassion as a way of life that emerges from gratitude and leads to conversion and a deepening of vocation. Indeed, this book extends an invitation to undertake compassion as personal and communitarian practice in pursuit of the common good."
--Nicholas Rademacher, Professor of Religious Studies, Cabrini University, and coeditor of American Catholic Studies