When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mreed61 - LibraryThing
The thing that is helpful to me about this book so far is that this is what I do - help the homeless and poor. It's one thing to give a man a fish to eat for a day. It's another thing to teach a man ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - tabascofromgudreads - LibraryThing
Well, i had just written a thorough review but my computer crashed and completely lost it just seconds before saving it, so .... I will just tell you that this is a very good book!! Recommended to ... Read full review