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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself (audio)



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.

  • Provides foundational concepts about helping the poor
  • Offers relevant applications to everyday life
  • Explains assumptions about the causes of poverty
  • Foundational Concepts for Helping without Hurting
    • Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
    • What’s the Problem?
    • Are We There Yet?
  • General Principles for Helping without Hurting
    • Not All Poverty Is Created Equal
    • Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, and Their Assets
    • McDevelopment: Over 2.5 Billion People NOT Served
  • Practical Strategies for Helping without Hurting
    • Doing Short-Term Missions without Doing Long-Term Harm
    • Yes, in Your Backyard
    • And to the Ends of the Earth
  • Title: When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself
  • Authors: Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett
  • Narrator: Danny Campbell
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Publisher: christianaudio
  • Print Publisher: Moody
  • Runtime: 7 hours
  • Christian Group: Evangelicals
  • Product Type: Audiobook
  • Topic: Christian Living

Brian Fikkert is a professor of economics and the founder and executive director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. Fikkert earned a PhD in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland-College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.

Steve Corbett is the community development specialist for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development and an assistant professor in the department of economics and community development at Covenant College. Previously, Corbett worked for Food for the Hungry International as the regional director for Central and South America and as director of staff training. Steve has a BA from Covenant College and a MEd in adult education from the University of Georgia.


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  1. Derek R. Iannelli
    I would love to see these in the Logos collection (yes there is more to these-series).