• When Helping Hurts

  • How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself
  • By: Steve Corbett, Brian Fikkert
  • Narrated by: Brendan Hunter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With more than 450,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation.

Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy - and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself. 

Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out.

©2012 Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert (P)2021 Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

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A must read

For anyone working in poverty alleviation, missions, NGOs , this is required reading. Incredible depth provided by real life experience.

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Powerful

I never looked at giving from this point of view. This is a powerful book! Read it, listen to it and change your mindset!

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Good message

I agree with the message but I’m not impressed with the storytelling. The books a lot of cut offs and jumps and does not have vey smooth transitions from one topic or piece of evidence to another. The message is important though, so I recommend a read.

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A Must Read

This book is very enlightening for anyone of faith who is contributing to any ministry!

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Couldn’t get past the first chapter

Very Jesus heavy. This could have been written without including religion and it might have been good.

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  • 09-01-21

There should be a warning that this book is very religious

As an agnostic even the preface was a painful listen and I had to return the book. The description should be amended to reflect the fact that it’s very Christian faith centred with constant references to Jesus. Whilst I respect that some people will be fine with this, for those of us who do not belong to a specific faith, the rhetoric is unbearable. Pity, as the general subject does interest me.

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  • 09-03-21

Heavy-voiced narrator

Don’t like authoritarian narrator voice with unnatural (for me) stress. Book content ok, but I much prefer We Are Not The Hero on this topic.