THE AIDS CRISIS: What We Can Do
Deborah Dortzbach and W. Meredith Long
IVP Books, 157 pages, $13.00

THE SKEPTIC'S GUIDE To the Global AIDS Crisis (Revised Edition)
Dale Hanson Bourke
Authentic, 103 pages, $9.99

Correct me if I am wrong. But there has never been a war like the one against HIV/AIDS. It is a war with a universally clear enemy—the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV poses a lethal threat to individuals, marriages, children, families, nation-states, religions, and civilizations. It has become a matter of "global security."

So let me ask the stupid question: Why are we losing to a microbe? Look at the numbers. Each year for the 26 years since the initial HIV outbreak, more people have died and more new infections have been recorded. How more starkly could we objectify our inability to stop the spread of this disease that infects 14,000 additional people each day worldwide?

The question of why we are losing has many complexities but one simple reply: We are not doing what we must do to stop new infections, care for people who have HIV/AIDS, and provide a safe haven for their survivors. This realization lies at the heart of two excellent new resources for Christians in the war against HIV.

In The AIDS Crisis: What We Can Do, authors Deborah Dortzbach and W. Meredith Long, both associated with the evangelical agency World Relief, bring decades of experience and practical insight to a book-length resource especially useful to North Americans seeking to become involved. Skip the next international AIDS conference and read this book instead.

In every wise book, there is a sentence that took a lifetime of front-line expertise to develop. In this book, that sentence is: "The church no longer has any choice about whether ...

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