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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor... and Yourself

Corbett, Steve & Fikkert, BRian

Bring hope, justice, advocacy and material relief to those in need through sustained cooperation and faithful, gospel-drenched service. Wisely distilling difficult and valuable lessons from the successes and failures of global efforts at reducing poverty, this invaluable resource explains the nature of poverty and presents strategies for its relief. Second Edition updated with new material.

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With more than 225,000 copies sold, "When Helping Hurts" is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.

While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they're trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, "When Helping Hurts" catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.

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