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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.
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.
A must read for ministry, political, state department, missionaries and others interested in helping and not harming others.Published 2 days ago by revtexdave
Lupton understands that simple steps like cleaning up a neighborhood or offering some groceries can't fix deeply-rooted poverty, and that we need to find ways to bring out the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by WhistlerBlue
Every pastor and church program leader should read this book for reviewing their domestic impact in compassionate outreach programs. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Robert Craft
Encouraging and direct - can help all of us make better choices on how we reach out to others in need and how we can make sustainable improvements in the communities of people we... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kathy
Many churches think they are helping when the opposite effect is happening. A great book to read fro every church.Published 15 days ago by James H. Chalfant
Good read that takes a hard look at the underlying reasons for charitable giving. How to make your giving count for change, both for recipients and for you as givers. Read morePublished 16 days ago by CJ