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Download When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,623 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Fikkert Narrator: Danny Campbell Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Kannel | 2/20/2014

    " Hard, hard book. It caused me to completely rethink my understanding of poverty and my attempts to alleviate poverty. And it challenged me to take action, not simply think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/20/2014

    " Excellent introduction into doing relief and development work. If you are going to be doing any kind of work with the poor, you at least have to read this. It is foolish to do so with out being informed on the basics, and this book covers them extremely well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Brewer | 2/17/2014

    " terrific coverage of why "charity" or "development" work is often worse than if nothing had happened "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christe | 2/14/2014

    " Excellent, challenging book. Great perspective on ministry to the poor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bud Hewlett | 1/30/2014

    " Very interesting yet also very convicting. This book has been strongly recommended by WORLD and should be widely read in our churches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/29/2014

    " I'm reading this along with a few co-workers and friends and we're meeting once a month to discuss. It's an excellent book so far. To my Cincinnati friends: if you're interested in joining us, let me know. Our next discussion is on Sept. 9th over lunch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott French | 1/26/2014

    " If you are serious about mission work and serving others you HAVE to read this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 1/25/2014

    " This book gives some more details to ministry and compliments, Tim Keller's "Gospel in Life." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/23/2014

    " I mainly read sections of the book that would help me better relate to impoverished people. I didn't read the sections about short term mission trips. A group if us involved in an urban area of our town really changed our approach after reading this book. We now look to partner not drop in and rescue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ferrell Foster | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent introduction to these issues. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/6/2014

    " Full of really good advice for evangelicals in America. You should read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toria | 12/26/2013

    " Very practical and helpful book. Full of good food for thought on how the church can/should best minister to the poor in the States and around the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/17/2013

    " i wish i read this 10 years ago. such a helpful book if you are doing any sort of social justice or community development. a must read for all Christians! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/5/2013

    " Anyone involved in any form of ministry or aid to poor communities should read this excellent book. I think it should be required reading for all doing cross cultural missions in the 2/3 world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Henry | 11/28/2013

    " A great book on ways to ethically and compassionately reduce poverty. This is still a lot of macro concepts with a few personal applications. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 11/25/2013

    " every chuch that does missions should read this book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Allen | 11/24/2013

    " The authors offer great insight into poverty relief by allowing the poor to define what makes a person poor (relational vs. material). It also helps us move away from merely offering relief towards more substantial and lasting transformation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 6/19/2013

    " WOW! So glad I read this book. It's powerful, insightful and thought provoke. There is so much in it it's actually making my head spin (in a good way). I need all my friends to read this because it needs to be discussed :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/12/2012

    " Made me look at myself and new ways to help the poor. It gets a bit academic but overall a great read for anyone interested in missions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Library Diva | 9/5/2012

    " I not only read this but got to go to a lecture by it's author about this subject last month. It's very interesting indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KarenLana | 2/8/2012

    " This book is invaluable in understanding the dynamics of helping the poor. Long term charity is not effective in providing a way out of poverty nor helpful in preserving human dignity, which we all deserve. Excellent and highly recommended reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Totten | 2/3/2012

    " A balanced, biblical approach to dealing with poverty. A must-read for anyone interested in social justice in the States or around the world. One of the most challenging and illuminating books I read in 2009. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 11/27/2011

    " This book made me really sit down and rethink what I thought I knew about alleviating poverty. Solid, wise, sound counsel, especially for anyone on the front lines of fighting poverty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad Ruggles | 7/19/2011

    " Great book on what the future of missions and poverty works needs to be if we want to genuinely help those in need and not prolong the cycle of poverty. Deep and challenging read but worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 6/17/2011

    " Speaking directly to churches about discerning WHICH missions should be pursued, there is an interesting discussion of what constitutes an emergency, and when helping could be hurting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/21/2011

    " Very practical book for anyone involved in missions.
    Sadly too many mission endeavors create dependent relationships, that destroy initiative and mature development.
    My tribe needs to wrestle with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 4/11/2011

    " I actually read this during a sermon. (I know, I know.) A good overview of the actual causes of poverty, how Christians can help, and why it's important not to just throw money at things but to actually invest in people and change the system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 2/21/2011

    " I've met book authors and have found them as interesting as the book. Steve's adventures and Brian's writing makes the book and instant standard for working w/the poor. It's Poverty 101 and a must read before you go on a short term mission or work in a local ministry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriela | 1/5/2011

    " We're reading this for our weekly dinner & book/Bible study group and it is excellent! I am really impressed with the quality of the scholarship, especially in how the book analyzes social work approaches from a biblical perspective. "

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