New Book Explores a Different Side of the War on Poverty

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'The Garden and the Ghetto' offers human perspective of hardship, need

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’The Garden and the Ghetto’ is first and foremost a testament to God’s grace and its power to change the lives of those we serve.

As the presidential election draws closer and the national political conversation focuses on the middle class, little is being said about the alarming fact that more Americans are living in poverty today than at anytime since the 1960s.

Jeff Deel is one of those people in the middle of the poverty discussion, however. Deel’s new book, “The Garden and the Ghetto”, is a compelling collection of stories taken from over a decade’s worth of experience at City of Refuge, an inner-city mission in one of the worst neighborhoods in Atlanta.

A narrative of obedience to God as much as a testament about the human condition, this collection of stories- some with happy endings, others without- illustrates the Christian principle of serving those in need and details what can happen if humanity turns away from God’s instructions.

Readers will be moved and inspired by the characters they encounter.

“’The Garden and the Ghetto’ is first and foremost a testament to God’s grace and its power to change the lives of those we serve,” says Deel. “My hope is that readers can use the book as a tool to create positive change in their own lives, too.”

The book also explains the Biblical principles behind City of Refuge’s work and illustrates in deeply human terms an essential message for Christians today: that faith without works is truly dead.

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“The Garden and the Ghetto”
By Jeff Deel
ISBN: 978-1-4497-3313-1
Softcover, retail price: $13.99
Hardcover, retail price: $30.99
E-Book price: $3.99

About the author
For 13 years Jeff Deel has been part of the senior leadership team at City of Refuge in Atlanta’s worst neighborhood. Prior to coming to Atlanta, he served as director of the Institute of Caribbean Missions and pastor of the Claremont New Testament Church in Jamaica. Jeff and his wife, Tracy, live outside Atlanta and spend their lives in kingdom service and keeping up with their seven kids.

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