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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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EVERYONE should read this book!!!
Please, anyone who is interested in helping people in any capacity, but especially cross-cultural, should read this. It is written in a Biblical, and very easy-understand way. Understanding the concepts so well-described in this book is crucial to not hurting the people we want to help.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/28/2018)
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)
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