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

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

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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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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.
- Koorong

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. 

 


- Publisher

Meet the Authors

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.

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.

Table Of Contents

  • preface
    opening Excercise
    introduction

    part 1:  Foundational Concepts For Helping Without Hurting
    chapter 1:  Why Did Jesus Come To Earth?
    chapter 2:  What's The Problem?
    chapter 3:  Are We There Yet?

    part 2:  General Principles For Helping Without Hurting
    chapter 4:  Not All Poverty Is Created Equal
    chapter 5:  Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, And Their Assets
    chapter 6:  Mcdevelopment:  Over 2.5 Billion People Not Served

    part 3:  Practical Strategies For Helping Without Hurting
    chapter 7:  Doing Short-term Missions Without Doing Long-term Harm
    chapter 8:  Yes, In Your Backyard
    chapter 9:  And To The Ends Of The Earth
    chapter 10:  What's Next?
    concluding Remarks

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A humbling and transforming book - read this before your next mission
5 stars By Chris, May 16 2017
This book breaks down the materialistic mindset which so many western countries unknowingly bring to the missions field with statements about those we seek to serve like "if only they had better quality resources" or "all they need is to be trained better" or "if we give them new tools it will make a difference". With probing questions and self-reflection that our ego and about our ability to "fix" other people is actually part of the problem, this book wonderfully brings a realisation that material poverty is only part of the battle and that we have a bigger goal of walking beside those we seek to serve, recognising that we have just as much to learn from them about humility and reliance on God for our daily bread as they have a need of dignity and support.  This book breaks down many unhelpful assumptions and pursues a restoration of relationships, self-identity as a creation of inherent worth and value to God and reconciling our lives in relation to the rest of creation and the resources we have been given to steward.  This is a must read before your next mission.
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Required reading
5 stars By Rory, Apr 23 2017
This book delves deep into the multifaceted issue of poverty and how to help. I particularly liked the way they defined poverty from a Biblical starting point, and exposed that our western 'material' mindset of poverty is only one aspect of poverty- often not the biggest issue that needs addressing.
Absolutely required reading for anyone thinking about overseas mission or thinking about how to engage better with serving their local community.
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life changing
5 stars By Amanda, Jul 02 2014
This book radically changed my outlook on poverty and overseas aid. I am passionate about training women to break the cycle of poverty and this book has caused me to rethink my motives and actions. It should be read by everyone embarking on an overseas mission trip so that their mind may be shaped and they may be put to use by God for the people they are serving. It helped me to see when aid was needed and when development was needed. and to see some of the negative impacts of our actions in poorer countries. 
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  • Catalogue Code 385240
  • Product Code 9780802409980
  • ISBN 0802409989
  • EAN 9780802409980
  • Pages 288
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date Feb 2014
  • Sales Rank #6189
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.467kg

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