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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Withouth Hurting the Poor and Yourself

Paperback|Feb 2014
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Churches and individual Christians sometimes make false assumptions about the causes of poverty; the resulting strategies can do considerable harm. This practical book presents an effective, holistic approach.Publisher Description With more than 225,000 copies sold, When Helping Hurts is...


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Churches and individual Christians sometimes make false assumptions about the causes of poverty; the resulting strategies can do considerable harm. This practical book presents an effective, holistic approach.

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With more than 225,000 copies sold, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.

While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they're trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.

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Brian Fikkert

Brian Fikkert (Ph.D. and M.Phil., Yale University) is an associate professor of economics at Covenant College, and the founder and executive director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. He is the author of When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself.

Steve Corbett

Steve Corbett is the community development specialist for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, and an assistant professor in the department of economics and community development at Covenant College.

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