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Toxic Charity Audiobook

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)

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Publisher's Summary

In his four decades of urban ministry, Robert D. Lupton has experienced firsthand how our good intentions can have unintended, dire consequences. 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 and 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", 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.

©2011 Robert D. Lupton. (P)2015 Tantor

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

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    Vic Bernales Dyer, IN United States 06-01-16
    Vic Bernales Dyer, IN United States 06-01-16

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    "Timely"

    Thank you for this timely wake-up call. very helpful as we are starting a ministry with the Persons With Disability.

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    Juanita G. 05-18-16
    Juanita G. 05-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book"

    Lupton presents a paradigm shift that I think is greatly needed if are to truly help and empower people.

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    Teresa 04-01-16
    Teresa 04-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good first time"

    This was my first audio book through audible. I work at a food bank and had heard some people around the office talking about this book. Since I drive around quite a bit visiting our pantries, I thought this would be a perfect way to "read" this book.

    Personally I am secular, so the Christian missionary aspect of this book was not something I could fully relate to, but I could appreciate it as an outsider and found it interesting.

    As someone in a non profit service industry I thought this book was very thought provoking and I liked a lot of the author's insights.

    As an audio book, I thought the narrator was good. Not monotonous, but not over active in his recitations. He was easy to follow and decently engaging.

    I would definitely listen to it again, maybe next time not in a car so I can devote 100% of my attention to it.

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    Ashley Quinn SPRINGFIELD, MO, US 03-05-16
    Ashley Quinn SPRINGFIELD, MO, US 03-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not my favorite, but a good take on charity."

    This is the second book I've listened to on Audible and I loved the first one, Rising Strong by Brene Brown. It made me think maybe I'd like this better if it was narrated in the author's voice. It sounded pretty dry and not all that engaging. At times it seemed smug and I don't know if that was the book or the narrator or both.

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    John St. Louis, MO, United States 11-17-15
    John St. Louis, MO, United States 11-17-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Changed Everything"

    This book has changed the way I view my ministry in Peru where I have traveled four consecutive years to serve - as a "vacationary." I can't wait for others on my mission team to join me in reading Toxic Charity so we can all engage in productive discussions about where to go from here in *developing* and truly partnering with our partner church in that area. This book is excellent and thought-provoking. Highly recommend.

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    Jill McIntire 10-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Challenged Me"

    It was difficult to hear some of these concepts, but understanding that there are better ways to approach outreach than the traditional way we have always done things has made this book a valuable resource.

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    Just A SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 08-05-15
    Just A SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 08-05-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Simply outstanding"
    Where does Toxic Charity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This should be required listening before departing on a mission trip, starting a charity, participating in social work, or passing any more rules, regulations, or laws on welfare...

    The author clearly has the experience, and obviously articulates what charities work, and which ones hurt...


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    rhonda 07-25-15
    rhonda 07-25-15
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    "We need to rethink our charity motives."

    We seem to have things twisted around. We want to help others but be don't seem to help them in a way that makes them grow to a point of helping them take care of themselves. Toxic Charity focused on helping them to have dignity in lifting themselves up instead of always being dependent on others.

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    Freddy 04-25-15
    Freddy 04-25-15
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    "Very informative and easy to listen to"

    The audiobook gave me great insight into what "charity" could turn into if an organization is not careful with their approach to being "helpful". Easy to listen to. I would recommend this to anyone who is starting a non-profit or who is thinking about starting one.

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    J. Long TX 03-30-15
    J. Long TX 03-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A thorough look into how we can help the poor in meaningful ways"

    I think we all intend to be helpful, when we help the poor. This book brings to light many ways in which our great intentions end up being damaging. It's definitely worth some thought, and possibly a re-listen or two, for the impact of this book to really sink in. I love that the author makes recommendations, instead of only pointing out weaknesses in our efforts to minister to the needy.

    There was one problem I had with the book though. I imagine, since it's a reading of the paperback, that this would've been the case if I had read it instead of listening. There were several occurrences of subject-verb disagreement in this book. As a stickler for grammar, I caught myself pausing and relistening, noticing the disagreement. That kind of thing throws me off and makes it harder to focus on the message sometimes. It would just take a little tweaking to correct these occurrences. One in the final chapter was "...planned breaks, lunches, food, and discussion enhances the experience." Obviously it's a very small issue, but definitely something I noticed over the course of listening.

    Anyway, I'm really thankful for the author's observations, suggestions, and heartfelt thought put into this book. It reminds me of When Helping Hurts, but hits home a little bit harder.

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