It’s always encouraging to come across an inspirational book that discusses human relationships in relation to biblical perspectives. Change the World with Love is one of the rare books that combine personal sacrifice, biblical wisdom, psychology, and practical suggestions on how to better develop and improve the world we live in.
Change the World with Love recommends a number of principles for dealing with problems that face one of the poorest nations in the world. The scene is set in the first half of the book by presenting numerous obstacles that face the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as some of the problems present in Western culture. At first glance, those obstacles appear hopeless. The second part of the book reveals the answers that are needed to overcome such big problems. These principles of life include personal sacrifice, helping change the way people think, and connecting with a supernatural power.
Author Wolfgang Peter Schmidt was a humanitarian missionary in several Eastern European countries before working in the African countries of Guinea, Zambia, and Cameroon. In 2003, he was called to help the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This book is packed with real-life stories drawn from his extensive experience in helping build and establish a big elementary school and a high school with agricultural and veterinarian training for thousands of children in rural parts of the DRC. The book also includes interesting anecdotes and lessons from the author’s own personal life.
As we face life’s difficulties, the author suggests, having faith in ourselves is not enough. We try to solve problems as best we can, but we keep falling short. We lack the strength, knowledge, and resources and most of the time we don’t have all the answers. The author proposes that we need something greater than ourselves. Since God is limitless, Schmidt explains, He can show us the ways to accomplish the goal of doing what others might deem impossible.
Change the World with Love is an inspiring, refreshing, and hope-filled book which I would recommend to anyone who is confronted with challenging life problems and wants to make the world a better place.