The following is Donn Hansum’s book review of When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.
by Donn Hansum, Director at Volunteers in Action
This book has recently been very helpful to me in understanding how many times efforts to help the materially poor actually have hurt them and ourselves in the process. Corbett and Fikkert, through a solid biblical perspective, help us take a hard look at the ways churches, helping organizations and individual Christians have looked at the materially poor and the methods used in trying to alleviate poverty.
The book presents foundational concepts, general principles and practical strategies for “helping without hurting.” I particularly appreciated ideas and concepts that Volunteers in Action can apply in our programs and service projects. This book has been thought provoking and inspiring to me. I recommend it to anyone who is serious about “loving your neighbor as yourself” in a truly helpful and healthy way.
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