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Opening eyes and hearts to help the poor

In my sermon this past week, I said I would recommend some resources to assist you in the best ways to help the poor. Why do we keep doing the same wrong things over and over again? Why do we expect different results from using those same old methods? This is what we must be challenged in doing. I am going to recommend five books that will change the way you view the poor and how best to help them. These are from authors that have gotten proven results. The first four are from a local perspective. The final recommendation is how to help entire nations. They are in the order that you should read them.


Corbett, Steve & Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014.

Gordon, Wayne & John M. Perkins. Making Neighborhoods Whole. IVP Books, 2013.

Lupton, Robert. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It). New York: Harper One, 2011.

Keller, Timothy J. Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road. Phillipsburg: P&R Press, 1997. (This is from a church perspective)


And from a national perspective:

Asmus, Barry & Wayne Grudem. The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013.