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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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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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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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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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  • Adrian
  • 22-11-11

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
  • 08-06-11

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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  • Mike and Katie Miller
  • 06-03-17

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
  • 06-09-11

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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  • L.Cam.
  • 12-01-17

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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  • Barry.U
  • 10-10-19

insightful yet meticulous

This book is full of insights for helping the poor. It compares multiple methods for poverty alleviation, including their pitfalls and advantages, and discusses at length how to have wisdom to successfully help.

i struggled to finish this book due to the excessive initialism of the programs throughout and also due to the way the biblical references were read into the book. it may be more beneficial to complete the thought or sentence and then reference just the book in the Bible when reading the audiobook as opposed to inserting the entire reference in the middle of a thought.

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  • Chris
  • 28-09-19

good stuff

there is a lot of information in this book. you may not agree with all of it. but it will definitely shift your paradigm as far as how we treat and react to the poor people in our community and across the ocean.

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  • tanya stroble
  • 03-08-19

very eye opening

if your in mission work this is a must read. I recommend this to anyone doing home missions or out of country missions.

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  • don conklin
  • 09-03-19

important information in regards to poverty allevi

the authors do a good job at systematically describing the problem the purpose of the church and possible solutions for community development and poverty alleviation. this information is absolutely foundational 2 helping people out of their various financial difficulties and also recognizing their need to be reconciled with God others and their community.

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  • joshwoodtx
  • 08-03-19

Essential reading for anyone interested in missions

This book articulated many issues I’ve wrestled with about mission trips (both foreign and domestic). Whether or not the reader agrees with the author on every point, every perspective presented was helpful to consider.