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Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It by [Robert D. Lupton]
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"[Lupton's]Toxic Charity draws on his forty years' experience as an urban activist in Atlanta, and he argues that most charitable work is ineffective or actually harmful to those it is supposed to help."

-- "Washington Post"

"A must-read book for those who give or help others."

-- "Booklist"

"Lupton says hard things that need to be said, and he's earned the right to say them. Believers would do well to receive his words with the mindset that 'faithful are the wounds of a friend.'"

-- "Christianity Today" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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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.

--Philip Yancey, author of What Good Is God? --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File Size : 1624 KB
  • Publication Date : October 11, 2011
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 213 pages
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B004X2JGSI
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Publisher : HarperOne; 1st Edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774 ratings