When Helping Hurts

9780802457059mAlong with Richard Lovelace’s Renewal as A Way of Life (which I am loving) I just started reading When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Ourselves. So far it has been a very helpful and very powerful read. Here is a great quote from the first chapter that captures the tension that I want to live with in this world:

“We are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth. Period. Yet, most of us live as though there is nothing terribly wrong in the world. We attend our kid’s soccer games, pursue our careers, and take beach vacations while 40 percent of the world’s inhabitants struggle just to eat every day. And in our own backyards, the homeless, those residing in ghettos, and a wave of immigrants live in a world outside the economic and social mainstream of North America. We do not necessarily need to feel guilty about our wealth. But we do need to get up every morning with a deep sense that something is terribly wrong with the world and yearn and strive to do something about it. There is simply not enough yearning and striving going on.” p.28

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3 thoughts on “When Helping Hurts

  1. Pingback: When Helping Hurts… « David Leventhal

  2. Everyone here at The 410 Bridge is about to read this together as a staff. I’m so excited to read this book based on what I’ve heard about it already. Here is a great article that goes along with this book: http://www.chalmers.org/mandate/dec_2007/relief_to_development.php#

    This is an awesome quote from the article: “Everyone is living in poverty at some level, and thus everyone is in need of development. While many of us are not economically poor, we are all poor in the sense that we are all suffering from the effects of the fall. Embracing this truth is crucial if we are to have the humility of heart and mind that is necessary in order to help the economically poor.”

    Here’s to hoping we never stop yearning and striving!

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