Blessed is the one who considers the poor! Psalm 41:1a (ESV)
A friend, who spends a great deal of time working with the poor and needy in our community as well as with the many folks who are attempting to minister in various ways to the same, recommended the following book to me. I've been awaiting its publication and now I see that the Westminster Bookstore is offering a Special Launch Price for 48 Hours. Upon his recommendation and what I've learned about the authors, I think that you ought to consider this book. Hurry this deal won't last long.
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert (Moody Publishers, 2009). PB
ISBN-10: 0802457053 | ISBN-13: 9780802457059
List Price: $14.99
Westminster Bookstore: $4.89 - 67% Off (NO LONGER ON SALE)
CURRENT PRICE (as of April 2011): $9.72
Publisher's Description: 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.
A situation is assessed for whether relief, rehabilitation, or development is the best response to a situation. Efforts are characterized by an "asset based" approach rather than a "needs based" approach. Short term mission efforts are addressed and microenterprise development (MED) is explored.
Published July 2009
About the Authors:
Brian Fikkert is an associate professor of economics at Covenant College, and the founder and executive director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College.
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.