I can honestly report that When Helping Hurts is the single best book I've seen on this topic. Although this book will make many readers uncomfortable, it quickly offers hope in the form of understandable, feasible new strategies that better grasp the dignity and promise of the materially poor. It deserves a #1 spot on the reading list of every Christian who wants to follow Jesus in a genuine, mutually transforming love of neighbor.
-Amy L. Sherman, PhD, senior fellow and director, Sagamore Institute Center on Faith in Communities, author, Restorers of Hope
What an opportunity evangelicals have to make a difference in our world through the church. Corbett and Fikkert build on the growing momentum of holistic witness that's sweeping our country and globe and are eminently qualified and positioned to take motivated kingdom citizens on a Christ-centered and comprehensive journey that will pay huge dividends for impoverished people and for Christians in our broken world.
-Dr. Ronald J. Sider, president, Evangelicals for Social Action, author, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
How can a local church make a difference, and how do individual Christians meaningfully reflect Christ's grace, when the disparities of wealth and power in our world are so great? When Helping Hurts explores biblical principles in terms of real-life situations to offer real help and grace-filled answers for such questions.
-Bryan Chappell, president, Covenant Theological Seminary
When Helping Hurts wonderfully combines heavy-duty thinking with practical tools. I appreciate their zeal to root all strategies in the institution God has ordained to bring about His goals. No donor should invest another dollar in any kind of relief effort before digesting the last page of this important book.
-Joel Belz, founder and writer, World Magazine
Churches in North America will find this a helpful way to educate congregations and then motivate them to action, both globally and in their neighborhoods.
-Bryant Myers, PhD, professor of International Development, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
A clarion call to rethink how we apply the gospel to a broken world. This book will transform our good intentions into genuine, lasting change.
-Stephen J. Baumann, senior vice president, World Relief
Good Intentions Are Not Enough
Unleashing and equipping people to effectively help the poor requires repentance and the realization of our own brokenness. When Helping Hurts articulates a biblically based framework concerning the root causes of poverty and its alleviation.
A path forward is found, not through providing resources to the poor, but by walking with them in humble relationships.
Whether you're involved in short-term missions or the long-term empowerment of the poor, this book helps teach you three key areas:
· Foundational Concepts Who are the poor?
· Principles Should we do relief, rehabilitation, or development?
· Strategies How can we help people effectively here and abroad?
It is practical, helpful, and very insightful.
I recently had the opportunity to read "When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . And Ourselves," by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett.
Secondly, this book will empower the reader to think through and discern how and when to help in a way that will bring about lasting change.
This book is the leading source for community development. I would highly recommend this book to anyone in that field or working in developing countries or considering going on a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anna Clark
any one involved in ministry to the minority poor will be encouraged and challenged. valuable resourcePublished 1 month ago by mejane
Gives new insights on the harm that can be done when you think you are helping.Published 1 month ago by James H. Chalfant
Used this for a Social Services Training & bought the book for all the participants. Recommended its reading across 10 states & PR.Published 1 month ago by Claranne Meitrott
The title says it all. Those of us involved in helping other people need to think carefully about what is most helpful, and what can be harmful.Published 2 months ago by David
“Does our desire to help those in need cause us to really hurt those in need because we are not thoughtful in our approach to their needs? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ben Birdsong
Changed my perspective on bringing lasting, sustainable change. An excellent book, one with a message that needs to be shared & applied much more often!Published 3 months ago by AJ
This book explains very clearly how helping others can cross a line where you are not teaching them to help themselves. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Theriault