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

Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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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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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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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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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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Only help if you can tell them about Jesus

That’s the basic message of this book. It is infuriating. I thought this book was going to be about our bad welfare systems and a dash of god, not “don’t help people if they don’t wanna hear your religious BS”

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A MUST READ for every human

Thank you!! This holistic and scholarly approach towards helping the poor seems to covere all bases. It brings hope to those of us who care about the poor and are involved efforts to help these communities, and want to see their communities thrive, by breaking down poverty into the 4 key areas- poverty of relationships/self, poverty of community, poverty of material, poverty of the spirital/God. Save yourself some time and pain by adopting some of these principles and best practices of those who have gone before. I have a much better understanding and holistic view of how we have approached poverty in our current involvement, and feel much more equipped and knowlegdable. We cannot approach things anymore with the quick-fix, relief-minded Western mindset, but rather a whole-person biblical world view in order to truly build disciples of Christ who in turn understand stewardship, dignity& value in their lives and participate actively to replicate likewise.

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Eye opening

This book was referred to me by. a good friend. extremely interesting and eye opening of how we can hurt when we help and how to help without hurting. I'll be looking to put this into practice.

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Wholistic Approach

For anyone wanting to explore a more wholistic approach to church-based poverty alleviation, this book is an essential first step. It serves as a great introduction to the variety of ways that Christians can help and not hurt!

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I enjoyed the book. However, this isn't the latest version. There are several chapters missing

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  • 12-26-18

A must read for anyone thinking of development

Packed with wisdom and compassion. A must read for anyone thinking of mission and development. Sharpening the church's heart and mind.

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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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  • Becci
  • 11-06-19

Highly religious - more bible bashing than content

This should really be in the religion section, it is more about helping church Do-gooders than universal community development.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-19

Very good for helping others and saving your heart

from feeling like your being mean. or doing the wrong thing. I recommend to anyone who wants to help others.

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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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