When Helping Hurts
- Product Review (submitted on March 16, 2010):
- In all honesty, I thought this would be a very generic book on the topic of helping people when I first picked it up. There are lots of books that have been well written with the purpose of challenging us to do something to help those less fortunate than us. The beginning was a little slow, but it did not take me long to realize that this was a profound book addressing the big questions that arise when people are serious about ministering to the needy. The authors go far deeper than mere surface challenges to the long term ramifications of many different mindsets, methods, ministries, and models. I was so challenged by their deep look at the psychological aspects of poverty; their four stage grid system for determining what the appropriate action plan of help will look like; and their focus on the long-term path of seeing needy people built into solidly equipped people. The concepts found in When Helping Hurts need to be processed by every person involved in missions, locally and globally.