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When Helping Hurts

How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself [Paperback]

by Brian Fikkert, Steve Corbett

Offering a much-needed perspective on how to live the commands of Jesus, Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett explore nuanced ways of alleviating poverty

  • For Christians with a heart for justice

  • You'll gain a faith-based approach to effective altruism that helps lives

  • This book shows how to live Jesus' commands in a thoughtful, world-changing way

  • Authors

    Brian Fikkert +1

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    Moody Publishers

  • Published

    February 2014

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With more than 300,000 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.

Foreword – 2009

Foreword – 2012


Opening Exercise


Part 1: Foundational Concepts for Helping Without Hurting

1. Why Did Jesus Come to Earth? 31 2. What’s the Problem?

3. Are We There Yet?

Part 2: General Principles for Helping Without Hurting

4. Not All Poverty Is Created Equal

5. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, and Their Assets

6. McDevelopment: Over 2.5 Billion People Not Served

Part 3: Practical Strategies for Helping Without Hurting

7. Doing Short-Term Missions Without Doing Long-Term Harm

8. Yes, in Your Backyard

9. And to the Ends of the Earth

Part 4: Getting Started on Helping Without Hurting

10. Excuse Me, Can You Spare Some Change?

11. On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

A Final Word: The Most Important Step

Appendix: The Community Organizing Process in North America

Concluding Remarks



Steve Corbett is the Community Development Specialist for the Chalmers Center at Covenant College and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College.

Brian Fikkert is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center at Covenant College, as well as a Professor of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College.


  • Authors

    Brian Fikkert +1

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    Moody Publishers

  • Published

    February 2014

  • Weight


  • Page Count


  • Dimensions

    150 x 224 x 23 mm

  • ISBN


  • ISBN-10


  • Eden Code


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  • ISBN: 9780802409980

  • Publisher: Moody Publishers

  • Release Date: February 2014

  • Weight: 472g

  • Dimensions: 150 x 224 x 23 mm

  • Eden Code: 4138613

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