Emphasising the poverty of both heart and society, When Helping Hurts exposes the need every person has and how it can be filled. Poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.
While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in that unintentionally undermine the people they're trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.
"How can a local church make a difference, and how do individual Christians meaningfully reflect Christ's grace, when the disparities of wealth and power in our world are so great? When Helping Hurts explores biblical principles in terms of real-life situations to offer real help and grace-filled answers for such questions."? - Bryan Chappell, president, Covenant Theological Seminary