When Helping Hurts: How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor and yourself

With more than 225,000 copies sold, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming 
contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those 
in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the 
need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand 
that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources 
and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of 

While this book exposes past and current development efforts that 
churches have engaged in which 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. Focusing on both North American and Majority 
World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change 
for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.