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We are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth, but according to research, we aren't becoming happier. Families and communities are increasingly fragmented, loneliness is skyrocketing, and physical and mental health are on the decline. Our unprecedented wealth doesn't seem to be doing us much good.

Yet, when we try to help poor people at home or abroad, our implicit assumption is that the goal is to help them to become like us. "If they would just do things our way, they'd be fine!" But even when they seem to pursue our path, they too find that the American Dream doesn't work for them. What if we have the wrong idea altogether? What if the goal isn't to turn other countries into the United States or to turn America's impoverished communities into its affluent suburbs?

In Becoming Whole (building on the best-selling When Helping Hurts), Brian Fikkert and Kelly M. Kapic look at the true sources of brokenness and poverty and uncover the surprising pathways to human flourishing, for poor and non-poor alike. Exposing the misconceptions of both Western Civilization and the Western church about the nature of God, human beings, and the world, they redefine success and offer new ways of achieving that success.

©2019 Brian Fikkert and Kelly M. Kapic (P)2019 eChristian

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I enjoyed this book through its challenges, new ideas (to me), and revelations. I believe all people who give to and/or help Christian ministries should listen to this as I believe the Church would see greater impact in poor communites based on what is presented.

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Eye opening look at poverty alleviation. I learned a lot. now how to put it into practice. thank you for providing this excellent Christ centered resource.

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  • 11-02-21

Best book on getting to the heart of what it truly takes to alleviate poverty

I’ve always been a big believer in the principle of teaching a man how to fish instead of simply giving him a fish. This book has absolutely transformed my thinking on what it means to do that in a way that truly leads to human flourishing.

Can’t recommend it enough.