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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself (2009 Edition) Audiobook
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself (2009 Edition)
Written by: 
Brian Fikkert
Narrated by: 
Danny Campbell
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself (2009 Edition) Audiobook

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself (2009 Edition)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Brian Fikkert & Steve Corbett (P)2010 christianaudio.com

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    Adrian SINGAPORE, Singapore 11-22-11
    Adrian SINGAPORE, Singapore 11-22-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Often done, rarely discussed - POVERTY RELIEF"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carrara HUGO, MN, United States 09-06-11
    Carrara HUGO, MN, United States 09-06-11
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    "Amazing, practical book"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Prior Lake, MN, United States 06-08-11
    Scott Prior Lake, MN, United States 06-08-11
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    "When Helping Hurts"

    Great book for anyone who is involved in a mission trip. Very good guide to learning how to give, without giving it away.

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    Amazon Customer 06-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Must read if you really want to impact lives!"

    Stimulated thoughts which have invoked change in the way I view poverty and the role I can play to work with individuals to improve their situations. Clompletely changed my view of "giving". If you aspire to make the greatest impact in your giving, definitely read!

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    Vic Bernales Dyer, IN United States 05-31-16
    Vic Bernales Dyer, IN United States 05-31-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Thank you!"

    An eye-opener. A must-have tool as our church is starting a ministry with the Persons with Disability. Thank you ever so much!

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    10GritSandpaper Lynchburg, VA 05-24-16
    10GritSandpaper Lynchburg, VA 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read for anyone interested in missions!"

    If you're thinking about missions, short or long term, you absolutely must read this book. If not, you stand a good chance of doing more harm than good.

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    T. Weiler Niles, MI 04-22-16
    T. Weiler Niles, MI 04-22-16
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    "Excellent"

    I bought the print version to go ear, highlight & flag pages. Will read again and again.

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    Amazon Customer 03-28-16
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    "Wow"

    Get ready for your world to be rocked. This book is amazing and gives a true wholistic approach to poverty depreciation.

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    B 02-20-16
    B 02-20-16
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    "Overview of how we can hurt while trying to help."

    Great introduction and eye opening to the ways in which we could be undermining the way people become whole. I'll have to check out the resources mentioned at the end because the book was descriptive and have guidelines without naming specific next steps which I think was good since it will be different for everyone.

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    loginmyeye 01-09-16
    loginmyeye 01-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling"

    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?

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  • Edward Palairet
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    "Helpful insights"

    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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