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When Helping Hurts Revised

Author: Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
Publisher: Moody
ISBN: 9780802409980
Pages: 274
Dimensions: 14 x 22
Year Printed: 2012
How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor....and Yourself
and Yourself
Price$22.50 $23.63 with TAX
Good Intentions Are Not Enough.

Unleashing and equipping people to effectively help the poor requires repentance and the realization of our own brokenness. When Helping Hurts articulates a biblically based framework concerning the root causes of poverty and its alleviation.

A path forward is found, not through providing resources to the poor, but instead by walking with them in humble relationships.

Whether you're involved in short-term missions or the long-term empowerment of the poor, this book helps teach you three key areas.
  • Foundational Concepts (Who are the poor)
  • Principles (Should we do relief, rehabilitation, or development?)
  • Strategies (How can we help people effectively here and abroad?)

An additional two chapters and conclusion will help you apply the teaching to your situation and take the next steps more quickly. It's your best way to a true understanding of poverty and a plan to make a difference.

  1. Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
  2. What's the Problem?
  3. Are We There Yet?
  4. Not All Poverty Is Created Equal
  5. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, and Their Assets
  6. McDevelopment: Over 2.5 Billion People NOT Served
  7. Doing Short-Term Missions Without Doing Long-Term Harm
  8. Yes, In Your Backyard
  9. And to the Ends of the Earth
  10. Excuse Me, Can You Spare Some Change?
  11. On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
A Final Word: The Most Important Step
Appendix: The Community Organizing Process in North America
Concluding Remarks


I have never read a better book on practically serving the poor, and I pray that God will use this new edition to equip His people to accomplish His purposes in a world of urgent spiritual and physical need for the glory of His great name. - David Platt, pastor and author of  Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.

I can honestly report that When Helping Hurts is the single best book I've seen on this topic. It deserves a #1 spot on the reading list of every Christian who wants to follow Jesus in a genuine, mutually transforming love of neighbor. - Amy L. Sherman, author of Restorers of Hope.

Corbett and Fikkert build on the growing momentum of holistic witness that's sweeping our country and globe. When Helping Hurts will help the hurting - and us as well. - Ronald Sider, author, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger.
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