Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel.
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This book gave me new insights into what we do to help those in need. Often, we mistakenly throw in money thinking it will help solve problems quickly. The author illustrates how this is frequently detrimental to local believers, and gives certain suggestions on what we can do to help with a view to sustainable ministry.Highly recommended!
This book is an amazing practical book for anyone considering helping the poor. It is a frank description of the pitfalls of potential methods for poverty alleviation based on experience. Followed by practical tips and use case examples that can be easily applied to your life.
Buy this, listen, and apply it to your life. You will not be disappointed.
The reader does a fairly good job. His voice is easy to listen to. I played it on 1.5 speed and had no trouble following along.
Brian has some good ideas, but in my opinion he didn't present a very convincing argument for his premise. Jesus said if someone asks for something, then give it. He didn't say "find out if they have a family or church that can assist them first". Brian suggests we often hurt the poor when we give, but didnt back up his assertions with compelling evidence.
Great book for anyone who is involved in a mission trip. Very good guide to learning how to give, without giving it away.
Compelling thoughts on how we can empower people to succeed without harming them. It takes longer and is more relationship intensive, but if the results are more long term then it's the way to go.
It is interesting to look at helping in the terms of rescuing and developing an individual and how beneficial it is to consider the culture not just the financial numbers.
It's contrary to American "more money will fix the problem" attitude. In truth, less money will fix it. They have also seen better results with loans or matching funds where the people helped contribute or completely pay back the money. I don't know why that is such a surprise. Of course, we know we have pride in things we have worked to gain. Why would we not think poor people would have less pride in something they gained under more difficult situations?
This book helps anybody seeking for humility when it comes to how they view materially poor people. It also explains why the trillion+ dollar war on poverty hasn't moved the meter because it has focused on material relief rather than core development. Not the most exciting or interesting read, but the insight for me has forever changed the way I view poverty and will better inform what I can do as a Christian to make a difference.
Very good content in the middle. Perhaps it reads better, but the first chapter and a half has a lot of Bible verse citations that make the narrative stutter. Would've been more conducive to have the verses in footnotes when a paraphrase could have done the job. Besides that, good content for people who have a desire to serve. The book is focused on Christians who have a narrow view on what it means to help what they likely define as "the poor".
This is really eye opening to root problems. It clarifies truths that we know but often feel guilty about applying. I have been profoundly helped by his Asset Based Community Development approach, and by learning about the social issues that prevent short term outside help from having a long term impact for good. I love the Ebangelically conservative Gospel centered basis.
This book has really helps me to understand short-term mission trips, the impact it makes both positive and negative. While the author does say this is just a surface level touching on the issues of short-term mission trips, it is very helpful to continue to think deeper on these issues. I highly recommend it to anyone who attends the church that sends or supports short-term mission trips
I found this very helpful, especially since I just returned from a STM. I buy in to the theme (he is much more right than wrong), but it seems like an incomplete solution. It seems there is an appropriate way/obligation for those with $$ to support those without beyond those options provided by the author.
This unabridged audiobook explores many important concepts surrounding poverty alleviation programmes, motives and attitudes. This was recommended to me by someone who works for Tearfund and I found this listen both compelling and challenging, even after having tried to think about this before.
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