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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

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!

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  • Scott
  • Prior Lake, MN, United States
  • 06-08-11

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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Do you want to help the poor? Then read this.

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This is an excellent book for anyone that wants to help the poor. This is a required read for anyone in our church that wants to go on a mission trip or start an outreach.

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  • Carrara
  • HUGO, MN, United States
  • 09-06-11

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.

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Revolutionary thoughts!

Where does When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself (2009 Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Number 2

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Kenyan Church-- they worshiped God always, despite the poverty they faced daily.

Which character – as performed by Danny Campbell – was your favorite?

Brian Fikkert.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When Helping Hurts: Changing the World and Ourselves.

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This book was inspiring for me, as a future missionary. I was excited to see ideas that were already in my heart played out so well in this book. It was very confirming to know other people share the same ideas. I would TOTALLY suggest it to anyone wanting to make a difference in the world. The best part is that it disposes of the classic position of the helper, that we Americans are good and should give to others. The truth, (as discussed in this book) is that we are all broken and we all need help.... we change the world by first changing ourselves and accepting help from others. The next step is to poor out the good we are given into the people and circumstances around us. It's a must read!

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A must read

This book is incredibly important for ALL members of the Church, not just missionaries. This book touches on the many intricacies of being missional christians. The narration is dry, but the truths of the book kept me hanging on.

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When Helping Hurtsis indeed a masterpiece

I think that this book is very relevant for today's society , where sympathy and or just wanting to do something , has become the order of the day. The author has outline concepts and best practices that facilitate a process of transforming rather than dependency......people need to be taught how to help self?

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Love this book.

I have a non profit that serves children in Haiti. This book is an awesome guide to serving and loving people who are in poverty.

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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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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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  • Guy Stubbs
  • 01-19-17

A read for every development practitioner

A good well thought through manual for development. Regardless of religious worldview this book will be useful to any NGO.

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  • Edward Palairet
  • 12-08-13

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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  • Mitchell Hunt
  • 01-29-18

Great book going to be fun implementing it

As with all great concepts out revelations the hard pat is always contextualising it to what you are actually doing

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  • Claire
  • 04-11-16

Very informative

Loved it. It was very eye opening. I will definitely revisit several chapters often
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