Upside: Surprising Good News about the State of Our World

Upside: Surprising Good News about the State of Our World

Bradley R.E. Wright / Jun 18, 2019

Upside Surprising Good News about the State of Our World Many Christians have an impending sense of doom about our country and the world But are their fears based on reality or myth In this book Wright examines issues of concern to Christians including pov

  • Title: Upside: Surprising Good News about the State of Our World
  • Author: Bradley R.E. Wright
  • ISBN: 9780764208362
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • Many Christians have an impending sense of doom about our country and the world But are their fears based on reality or myth In this book Wright examines issues of concern to Christians, including poverty, sickness, sexual morality, the environment, and the global church Did you know that global poverty has been cut in half over the last several decades That infant deaMany Christians have an impending sense of doom about our country and the world But are their fears based on reality or myth In this book Wright examines issues of concern to Christians, including poverty, sickness, sexual morality, the environment, and the global church Did you know that global poverty has been cut in half over the last several decades That infant deaths have decreased dramatically in recent years That Christianity is a growing and influential force in Asia and Africa Maybe the world isn t in a downward spiral after all In an age of pessimism, this book offers good news to Christian readers looking for glimpses of hope.

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    1. Gloomy. That’s the general outlook that the vast majority of Americans seem to have when it comes to our future. Whether it’s political wrangling, economic turmoil, pandemics or education — the present is bleak and the future is downright scary. It’s not just Al Gore predicting global devastation caused by global warming, nor is it simply the war-mongers who see a jihadist behind every bush, it’s Christians too, who seem to enjoy pointing out how bad things are (and are getting).Bradle [...]


    2. It's easy to get discouraged or feel paralyzed by what you hear about the terrible state of the world. But what if the media and other prophets of doom have misled us? Could the world actually be getting better?Sociologist Brad Wright uses the best available data to uncover the truth about the world's most important issues, including poverty, sickness, education, morality, and the environment. While admitting there is still work to be done, he shines a light on why so many things are improving a [...]


    3. In many ways the intentions of this book are good. We're fed with so much propaganda with a negative bias, whether from newspapers or social activist groups, that it's good to see that we can look at the statistics regarding economics, environment and social issues from a more positive perspective. However in the areas that I know something about, I'm not sure if this writer has selected statistics to make his point and whether he accurately reflects the issues involved. He doesn't go into much [...]


    4. After days of hearing about the presidential primaries, when each candidate tried his best to convince the voter that the world was worse than ever, reading this book was restorative. The world isn't steadily decaying, at least in a number of ways and we aren't all going to suffer horribly in some bleak dystopia. And Mr. Wright has the facts to prove it.I think this is one of the few books that I wanted more facts. The author tries very hard to stick to just the facts. He explains he is only des [...]


    5. I have often wondered why there is not much good news on TV or in the newspapers or on the internet. Dr. Wright presents studies that show that some things are actually better than in the past. For example: we live much longer than our ancestors, more people read and understand what they have read, and many countries are working to improve the living conditions for their citizens. So, why do we so often hear bad news? Dr. Wright believes that it is because people are drawn to the excitement that [...]


    6. A pretty good book that highlights some of the common misconceptions that we have about the state of our world. It is full of graphs and charts that give you an easy reference to compare all of what he is talking about in the book and more. They are all from credible sources such as the US Census Bureau, and other government agencies, with the exception of some being from economists and sociologists. This book covers many topics including poverty, war, education, and many sections regarding econ [...]


    7. In the interest of full disclosure, I received an advanced copy of this book through GoodReads. Dr. Wright provides a wonderful respite from the dim views of our modern day. Through data and [many] charts, he shows that the world is not quite as bad as it seems. Historical summations on economy, health, education, and society as a whole compared to present-day assessments show that we're actually significantly better off now than in years past in spite of each generation concluding that their su [...]


    8. This book was won through a First Reads giveaway.A deep look at what is wrong with this world, or more like what is right with this world.In this day and age of constant negative bombardment of the senses (courtesy of our over abundance of media outlets) it was nice to read about some of the positives.The author points out many fields within not just America but throughout the world which have improved. He tackles such mainstream topics as crime, education, health, the environment, and finances [...]


    9. Short review: Read this book. We are often confronted by all the bad things going on in the world. And there really are bad things going on in the world. But there are an amazing number of good things too. When you step back and look at things from a longer perspective, it is pretty hard to deny that on the whole we are much, much better off than ever before. Looks at the economy, education, work and leisure, the environment, family, health, stress, crime, political freedom and more. Wright is c [...]


    10. This book was free as a First Read through . In a world filled with negative news, the author does some research to find that things are actually getting better in the world overall, compared to previous years. Looking at various hot topics, from crime and prisoners, to the environment, to literacy, health, and family issues, it appears as though the news we hear not the news we should hear. The author analyzes the sources of the negative news we hear, including the media and advocates for cause [...]


    11. While it often reads more like a scholarly journal than a book, this book does present some interesting data to suggest areas of good in our overly pessimistic world. It touches on myths and realities and explains its stance on both. There is a decidedly conservative Christian slant to most of the topics, but still has a lot to offer people of other beliefs. Some of the references seem a bit dubious but most seem to have a scholarly background. A good read for someone looking to refute the idea [...]


    12. Excellent book that gives you more of a balanced view of what is going on in the world. Especially the incredible advancements in the areas of poverty, crime and so on usually with God's people ate the center of the improvement. It gives you great hope as he shows you the activity of God and how He is redeeming this world. It is not a Pollyanna type view, as he quickly highlights many of the grave challenges we face. however, his concern, especially among Christians, is that the hype that we are [...]


    13. This was a great follow-up to Professor Wright's first book. Professor Wright's dedication to pouring through and finding quality statistics to use in his writing contribute wonderfully. It was truly uplifting to read through this book and discover that things aren't nearly as bad as they can be made out to be, particularly because the book's discussion is backed up by statistics and not just opinions. As with his previous book, Professor Wright's writing style helps the book to flow, which can [...]


    14. The author goes through several different areas of life and tries to evaluate from the available data whether things are actually getting worse, getting better or staying about the same. He reaches some surprising conclusions and things are not nearly as bad as we are led to believe (in most cases). A sprinkling of self-deprecating humor helps make the book more readable.


    15. Probably better as a speaker/preacher's resource book than as a casual read I do appreciate the author's wit & intelligence as he carefully lays a case for a less dismal picture of the world at large.




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