Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and sustainable changes don’t come from the outside in, but from the inside out. This is the premise of Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett’s bestselling contemporary classic on poverty alleviation, When Helping Hurts. With more than 450,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts has been used in classrooms, churches, and nonprofit and missions organizations to demonstrate how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. Once they diagnose the problem, the authors provide practical suggestions for helping without hurting and remind readers that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself.
Nearly 1,000 reviewers on Amazon have given When Helping Hurts a 5-star rating. One reviewer wrote, “Far from justifying a pullback from mercy ministry, this book urges intensifying mercy ministry and it shows how to do it much more effectively.”