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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)

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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 Member Since 2016
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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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    Cathy 09-28-16
    Cathy 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    The main idea is helping the poor help themselves instead of just giving them things over and over and wondering why they're not changing. We need to start thinking in terms of relationships instead of just trying to fix things and move on to the next problem. There is so much incredible information in this book that I've never thought about. I think every believer should read it because so many churches are hurting the poor without meaning to. I don't agree with everything written but I do agree with most of the information.

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    Thomas M. Hall WEXFORD, PA, US 08-30-16
    Thomas M. Hall WEXFORD, PA, US 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Everyone would cares about the poor needs this."

    Powerful help for those working on behalf of the poor. Eye opening. Compassionate. You need to read this.

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    Stephen M. James Indianapolis, IN 07-30-16
    Stephen M. James Indianapolis, IN 07-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Changed the way I think about poverty in all its forms"

    I would recommend this book to anyone that is trying to reconcile the justice/social gospel with the gospel parts of Christianity.

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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

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

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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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