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When Helping Hurts

Author Brian Fikkert & Steve Corbett
Narrator Danny Campbell
Runtime 7 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date December 16, 2009
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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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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.


This audiobook was published in 2010, based on the 2009 Edition of the Print Book.

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Outstanding Book
When Helping Hurts is an outstanding book that should be required reading for anyone already in foreign missions or who senses a call to minister in the inner city. I am involved in both as I have worked with a mission organization in Uganda since 2003 and also am part of a church that is deeply committed to Denver's inner city. Our pastor has purchased the book for the entire staff and elders.

In Africa what many have been, and are doing could be called "colonialism." We more often than not think the local people are not capable of advancing God's kingdom without us or breaking the chains of either physical or spiritual poverty without us. It ain't true brothers and sisters. We need to equip and encourage and let God lead them forward. I have seen the men and women in one district in northern Uganda plant over 60 churches since 2007 because to are committed to be followers of Jesus and to carry out the true mission he gave us...to go and make disciples.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/22/2012)
For some reason I found it...
For some reason I found it a task to listen to this audiobook. But as I forced myself to listen it, I found out how practical this book is to my line of work. I work as a houseparent, and I take care of children who have grown up in poverty. Many of the parents have been enabled. In fact, I think I'm personally guilty of helping enable a parent or two.
There are several things I like about “When Helping Hurts”. The North American church, in it's arrogance, thinks it knows what the poor need and how it can meet those needs. In reality, the church just comes in and basically bandages wounds without actually healing the problem.
“When Helping Hurts” uses the Gospel as the basis and emphasis for helping the poor. This is biblical and I believe it contrasts the “social justice” trend that so many churches are involved in. It seems that so many churches want to provide help and relief for the poor, but it seems that they don't share the Gospel with those they're helping. And if those churches are sharing the Gospel, they aren't putting a strong emphasis on it.
One thing I don't like about the book is the narrator. He has a warm voice, but his pacing was slow. And because of the practical suggestions and applications of this book, I believe it's better read than listened to. It's difficult to quickly get to a section of an audiobook you want to review. I believe a book is easier to reference and share information with people.
Overall, this is an important, eye-opening book. I have ideas that churches should implement to enable the poor with the life skills needed to break the cycle of poverty. I highly recommend this book for those who are involved in humanitarian work, missions, and churches.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/18/2010)
The reason I wanted to listen...
The reason I wanted to listen to “When Helping Hurts” was a completely selfish one. After losing my family when I was younger, I noticed that when anyone suffers a loss (whether I know them or not), I not only relive my own pain, but I hurt DEEPLY for them. I was hoping this book would provide guidance on how NOT to hurt. After listening to the first chapter, I realized I was WAY OFF BASE. My next thought was “How selfish I must be!” After I got past my human-ness (one more time!), I continued to listen to this thought provoking book with an open mind. This book’s focus was on helping poverty stricken nations, while allowing them to keep their self-esteem. Their focus is completely different than anything I have ever been taught or thought.
While listening to this book, we received our first letter from a child we sponsored through a world-outreach program last fall (my daughter and I). I was SHOCKED to read that she didn’t receive any gifts for child’s day (I assume she meant Christmas). Why would she tell me that? My first thought was sadness, then guilt (for being so blessed!). But what do I do with that information?
While recently attending a Christian conference in Atlanta, I had the opportunity to speak with another outreach organization (who has been following THIS author’s recommendations for many years). She told me children are TAUGHT to ask for gifts from Americans. The personal written confirmation made my heart ache (but I still had to mail a couple of little Christian gifts). I now know I MUST continue to mail Christian information (and even a Bible – as I was told they are not supplied by the sponsor organization) to help really SAVE this family!
I’m not sure what the future holds for me – as far as support to foreign countries. I do know I want to purchase a hard copy of this book so I can re-read (and highlight) the helpful information…I KNOW I revert to my “old way of thinking” more than I’d like to admit. I do know that PRAYER is a must!
christianaudio Reviewers Program provided a download of this audio book. This did NOT affect my opinion of this review - http://christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/8/2010)
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