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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself Paperback – April 20, 2012
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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
From the Back Cover
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?
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I especially like the way the author has the readers examine their own thoughts and actions at the forefront of each chapter and then reevaluate at the end of each chapter. He not only gives gives very tangible examples through stories of of others who have learned from their mistakes, but gives concrete examples of
How to move forward in a healthy and more productive way.
My singles group studied this book together, making learning and application very interesting and fun.
“When Helping Hurts...” is a very important book. Authors are trying to solve the problem, why our help doesn’t help poor people. And even makes the situation more devastating. Authors gave a very good answer in the book. We left “poor” without any responsibilities for their life. They are still living people, mature and adult, not small babies.
Money never help, doesn’t matter what amount you will give, it will not change situation. When my family and I came to US in 1989 as refugees, I found a job in the second day without any English. Look what churches are doing now. They provide housing, food, ESL, money for refugees for years; they create dependents. These people lost all responsibilities for their own life; they just wait for next check, food; doing absolutely nothing.
I hope this book will open many eyes regarding this problem, showing what real help really means.