Often times when we believe we are doing good, we are in fact doing harm. When this happens we may all stand back and shout "I was only trying to help!" but the damage is done, and often cannot be reversed. Such is the case with many of the ways local congregations have contributed through their various projects such as short-term missions. This book, When helping Hurts, discusses ways in which Christians can help those in poverty without harming those who are already suffering, and how to keep themselves from getting hurt. Beyond helping those in need, it is also the call of every Christian to act responsibly and wisely, while yet being "innocent as doves". In a world of increasing violence and hunger this book is quite timely and will help churches be more effective in both helping the poor ad spreading the gospel.
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Review 1 for When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself - eBook
Great read excellent info
Date:March 14, 2012
I recommend this to any one that expects to go into the field as a Christian worker
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Review 2 for When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself - eBook
Date:October 5, 2011
Great resource for those wondering how to minister to the poor . I walked away with a new perspective of "the poor" The nugget for me is - we all experience poverty. I concur with the book, poverty is caused by a broken relationship: with God, with self, with others and/or the enviroment in which we live. It tells us the stages in which our efforts fall and makes suggestions to move the situation to the next level. I have a hardcopy and now an e-book. I recommend this book for individual, community and global care ministries and 'book clubs' readers.