In the Company of the Poor




A courageous physician and a path-breaking theologian explore their common option for the poor.

Paul Farmer, an internationally respected physician, and Gustavo Gutierrez, the Peruvian priest renowned for his contribution to liberation theology, join in an inspiring conversation about life, liberation, and the call to accompany the poor.  Dr. Farmer has credited liberation theology as the inspiration for his effort to do "social justice medicine," while Gutierrez has recognized Farmer's work as a particularly compelling example of the option for the poor, and the practical application of theological principles outside the church.  Their friendship and common vision will inspire all who dream and work for a differnet world.

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard University; Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; and a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer is also the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti.

Gustavo Gutierrez, a Dominican priest and theologian from Peru, is widely recognized as one of the preeminent voices of liberation theology.  His books include A Theology of Liberation, On Job, We Drink from Our Own Wells, and The God of Life.  He teaches half the year at the University of Notre Dame.

Book Details

In the Company of the Poor
Conversations with Dr. Paul Famer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez
Paul Farmer
Gustavo Gutierrez
Michael Griffin
Jennie Weiss Block
Foreword by Fr. Bruno Cadore, O.P.
In a seamless blend between praxis and theory Gutierrez and Farmer help move the reader towards a practical understanding of liberation theology....For those who are considering vocation in health services, missions, community service, or any field of ministry, this is a strong tool for discussion on social work and justice. It will challenge the reader to assess the alignment of their commitment to and understanding of justice to their theology.
The book's greatest strength is the example it sets, showing how two scholars developed a virtuous cycle of dialogue between sound theory and effective practice that yields lasting, concrete results for the poor.
... invites the reader to "sit in" on the conversations of two internationally acclaimed protagonists involved in the struggle against a poverty that dehumanizes millions of people.
This book is recommended for academic and parish libraries. Readers interested in the practical application of liberation theology to redressing global poverty will find it motivating and instructive.
I highly recommend this book for undergraduate and graduate courses in either theology or public health.
"The book is intended for a wide audience: theologians and medical professionals, persons working with oppressed and marginalized people, and 'as a resource for students of medicine, public health, anthropology, political science, philosophy, theology, community developments and economics as they prepare for their own life's work.' And it can serve as a hope-filled resource for anyone seeking a faith that does justice. In Paul Farmer's words, 'It is always the time of cholera somewhere in our world.'"
"As Pope Francis seeks to build a 'poor church for the poor,' the recent publications of In the Company of the Poor and What's So Blessed About Being Poor? can help Catholics and all people of goodwill to better engage in this great work."
". . . The concept of liberation theology combining spiritual reflection with social justice concerns is covered in dialogues which consider services to the poor and approaches to raise consciousness and dignity among the poor. From discussions of solidarity and political concerns to issues of material versus spiritual wealth, this is a solid recommendation for any Christian or social issues library."
". . . worthwhile."
"Editors Griffin and Block draw readers into a conversation between two extraordinary men with uncommon dedication to serving the world's poor."
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