If there are two books I would encourage you to read in 2011 it would be Megashift and Money, Greed and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem.
Author Jim Rutz writes in Megashift that Christianity is overlooked as the fastest-growing faith in the world because most surveys only poll traditional Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church while ignoring Christian believers who have no part of either. Rutz says there are 707 million born again evangelical Christians who compose the fastest growing "religion" in the world, increasing by 8 percent a year, and none of these individuals are part of Protestant denominations or the Roman Catholic Church. So fast is this group growing, that were current trends to continue, the entire world will be composed of evangelical believers by the year 2032.
Biblical, evangelical Christianity is sweeping through places like China, Africa, India and Southeast Asia – making it, by far, the fastest growing faith on the planet. Most news reports suggest, and most people believe, that Islam is the fastest growing "religion." Not true, says Rutz. It is the faith in Christ that is the fastest growing "religion." Rutz calls these disciples of Christ "core apostolics" – or "the new saints who are at the heart of the mushrooming kingdom of God."
Whether you agree with Rutz or not, his research and conclusions are thought provoking. Combine Rutz's work with the second book, Jay Richard's Money, Greed and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem, and you might begin to understand why the fastest growing economies are in those regions where Christianity is exploding.
It has become fashionable for young evangelicals in the United States to advocate a form of socialism as the epitome of Christ's teachings. In Richard's brilliant book--written by an author possessing theological acumen, biblical understanding, and financial prowess--Richard's convincingly shows the reader that capitalism is consistent with, and the economic product of, Christ's teachings. One reviewer writes of the book and its author: