Upside by Bradley R.E. Wright, PhD


I believe Dr. Wright is one of the most ingenious professors because he takes all the surveys, polls, questionnaires, and other information gathering results to expose the true facts rather than the agenda-driven half-truths reported out there in media land. 

One extraordinary fact that shines clearly is that we humans tend to dramatize and negativize (made up word) our environment. Pick up a newspaper and see what I mean. Wright has sprinkled through his book "Christians Making A Difference". Quite unusual little tidbits of what Christians are doing to reach out to other to literally make a difference in lives and in our world. 

This is non-fiction, and I would that every journalist had it on his/her shelf to give perspective before repeating a half-truth or even an outright lie because some analyzer did not understand the poll or questionnaire results. You don't have to read it straight through, but use it as a reference book. You'll be glad you did. 
I rate this 5 out 5 stars for non-fiction.


What If the doomsayers have it all wrong?
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?
The answers... and the facts behind them... may surprise you:
  • Extreme poverty has been cut in half since the 1980's, in developing countries
  • Life expectancy has doubled around the world over the last 100 years
  • Literacy rates have soared from 25% to over 80% over the same period
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 and why no one is talking about it.

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