Public service is a way of life for Americans; giving is a part of our national character. But compassionate instincts and generous spirits aren’t enough, says veteran urban activist Robert D. Lupton. In this groundbreaking guide, he reveals the disturbing truth about charity: all too much of it has become toxic, devastating to the very people it’s meant to help.
In his four decades of urban ministry, Lupton has experienced firsthand how our good intentions can have unintended, dire consequences. Our free food and clothing distribution encourages ever-growing handout lines, diminishing the dignity of the poor while increasing their dependency. We converge on inner-city neighborhoods to plant flowers and pick up trash, battering the pride of residents who have the capacity (and responsibility) to beautify their own environment. We fly off on mission trips to poverty-stricken villages, hearts full of pity and suitcases bulging with giveaways—trips that one Nicaraguan leader describes as effective only in “turning my people into beggars.”
In Toxic Charity, Lupton urges individuals, churches, and organizations to step away from these spontaneous, often destructive acts of compassion toward thoughtful paths to community development. He delivers proven strategies for moving from toxic charity to transformative charity.
Proposing a powerful “Oath for Compassionate Service” and spotlighting real-life examples of people serving not just with their hearts but with proven strategies and tested tactics, Lupton offers all the tools and inspiration we need to develop healthy, community-driven programs that produce deep, measurable, and lasting change. Everyone who volunteers or donates to charity needs to wrestle with this book.
This is a great book for thinking about how to give wisely in an effective way that makes a difference.
If you want to be a good steward of your resources, and give to those in need, this book will help you consider the best practices in charitable organizations.
Author Lupton asserts in his book that most of us have "good intentions" by our giving as generously as we do as Americans.
Very good book. Every person who prepares to go on a mission trip or do a program to help others should read this book first. Thought provoking and helpful to set priorities!Published 5 days ago by Patti Rowley
So good! This kind of books have to be spread to every church!Published 10 days ago by per-erik alow
As a soup kitchen volunteer, this was not what I wanted to hear. It does make sense, though; and Lupton presents the road map to de-toxify charity. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Daniel R. Durrett
When the apostles Peter and John passed a crippled beggar on the way into the temple, they didn't give him any silver or gold, they transformed his life forever by healing him. Read morePublished 15 days ago by James T. Humphrey II
A must read for politicians, volunteers...anyone in ministry or want to make lives better.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
I live constantly with the desire to help but have personally seen that help can enable drug abuse. This is another example of the desire to help gone wrong. Read morePublished 18 days ago by G. Baierlipp
Lupton has written a book that does not gloss over the issues of charity but says it like it is. He gives real life examples of transformation due to revision of vision. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mark A. Rabe