Noted author, founder and president of Focused Community Strategies Urban Ministries in Atlanta, GA, Lupton retells the Biblical story of Nehemiah, drawing parallels to his own experience of urban redevelopment work. His narrative draws readers into the world of Nehemiah as he copes with the complex and challenging task of urban renewal. Lupton’s commentary underscores similar contemporary issues. His stated purpose is raise awareness of the dilemmas and complexities of those engaged in community development work. The book can be used as a reflection tool for those already doing redevelopment work. It will also would serve as an inspiration and challenge for those care about the city and seek new strategies for involvement. A spirited and user-friendly introduction to the world of urban redevelopment, congregational leaders will find this a useful teaching resource.