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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.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I think it is a must read for everyone involved in charity work.Published 2 days ago by Abri Brancken
Very good job at opening my eyes to some of the ways I can strip others of dignity as I am trying to help them. Read morePublished 6 days ago by David Kountz
This book changed the way I am involved in Missions. Very easy read, I would highly recommend to anyone that has a desire to help anyone in need.Published 10 days ago by Adam rice
It's a book that needed to be written, and while it's not overly long, I kept getting the impression that it was being a bit redundant. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Capt. Equinox
An honest evaluation of the way churches waste resources while intending to help the poor. Those week-long mission trips to build houses or fix water wells may make the church... Read morePublished 16 days ago by JWall00
Excellent book for all to read. I would recommend to churches and mission trip groups.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good read, thoughtfully presented. It required me to reassess my charitable giving and my approach to social service delivery.Published 1 month ago by Edith C. Fraser
As the director of an all-volunteer international nonprofit, I appreciate all the good points and guidance offered by the author in the closing pages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Derek Reinhard
How to help without hurting those you want to reach out to. Toxic Charity show you how you can do it and not hurt fathers trying to be a hero to their children when life has dealt... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret U. Warfford