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Charity Detox: What Charity Would Look Like If We Cared About Results Paperback – July 5, 2016
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“Lupton is one of the sharpest, freshest, sassiest community developers out there. He is helping us all become wiser so that we don’t settle for charity when we could have justice.” (Shane Claiborne, author of Irresistible Revolution)
“When Bob Lupton speaks of the inner city, the rest of us ought to sit up and take notice... [His work is] deeply disturbing—in the best sense of the word.” (Philip Yancey, author of What Good Is God?)
“Throughout reading Charity Detox the lyrics “How can it be wrong when it feels so right?” were buzzing in my head. That is the tension Lupton describes so deftly with practical illustrations of how we can change the dependency creating relationships formed by well-intentioned servers.” (Fred Smith, The Gathering)
“His enthusiasm for this method is evident throughout the text and brings hope to readers that if more organizations adopted these practices, there really could be a better future ahead for all of us, not just the poor.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“In Toxic Charity, Bob identified a weakness with charity as a tool for poverty reduction. In Charity Detox, Bob addresses the more complicated question of what might work better. Bob reaches the conclusion that wealth creation must replace wealth redistribution if poverty reduction is the goal.” (John Coors, Former CEO of CoorsTek)
“[Charity] efforts, while necessary in a crisis, do little to improve people’s socioeconomic status. Lupton uses this well-worn critique of churches’ charitable activities as a springboard for positive action… all readers will find in this book a useful way to reexamine outreach programs.” (James Wetherbee, Wingate Univ. Libs., NC)
“Lupton uses [his] critique of churches’ charitable activities as a springboard for positive action…the author advocates that churches need to be more involved in communities by living and investing in them… all readers will find in this book a useful way to reexamine outreach programs.” (Library Journal)
“Lupton continues his mission to transform the way charities operate. Most efforts to help relieve poverty are ineffective, he says...The road to charity hell has been paved with good intentions, but Lupton provides an inspiring roadmap for an alternate route.” (Spirituality and Health magazine)
“Lupton weighs the future of effective efforts to reduce poverty . . . confronting popular practices and assumptions. . . . Inspiring.” (U.S. Catholic)
“Lupton offers a roadmap for turning short-lived good intentions into lasting transformation [and shares] his vision for a new way of doing missions.” (Christianity Today)
From the Back Cover
Charity Has Failed. Let’s Reinvent It.
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of this book to hand out to new recruits in my non profit. Can’t afford it yet but I still refer them to this book.
Often our well meaning charity work and donations have done just the opposite. The author,who has been involved in successes and has seen many failures, provides examples of each and provides some direction to change our thinking. Whether you are an individual, a business person, on committees or boards that make decisions about charity, this book will stimulate thought provoking discussions about charity. Are we as a society willing to invest in the relationship building and job creation that illustrates that we truly value the poor and want to use their strengths and ours to better their lives and ultimately our own?
But the last half of the book was much better. There he started discussing and summarizing key ideas for change, which one could reasonably sit and think about. I did a random computer search on a few of the examples he cited, including the education fraud arrests in the Atlanta Georgia Public Schools in 2013. All was as he claimed. Therefore I think Lupton's ideas are worth serious consideration. However, the absence of structured empirical research might be considered a lack by some.