Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn't the American Dream

Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn't the American Dream

by Brian Fikkert, Kelly M. Kapic

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ISBN-13: 9780802401588
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 522,205
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author


DR. BRIAN FIKKERT (PhD, Yale University) is the Founder and President of the Chalmers Center at Covenant College, where he has also served as a Professor of Economics and Community Development since 1997. He has published numerous articles in academic and popular journals and is co-author of six books, including the best-selling When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself. Brian and his wife, Jill, have three adult children.

DR. KELLY M. KAPIC (PhD King's College, University of London) is professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, where he has taught since 2001. He has written and edited numerous books, including Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering, which won the Book of the Year Award from Christianity Today in the category of Theology and Ethics.

Table of Contents

Opening Exercise 9

Preface 13

Part 1 The Shaping Power of Stories

Introduction: We Need a New Story 25

1 Love Really Does Make the World Go 'Round 37

2 How Do Human Beings and Cultures Change? 51

Part 2 When False Stories Make Helping Hurt

3 You Can Become a Consuming Robot 71

4 You Can Be a Harp-Playing Ghost Forever 91

Part 3 God's Story of Change

5 Escaping Flatland 119

6 Reconsidering Creation: The Key to Understanding Human Flourishing 137

7 Reconsidering the Fall: More Than Just a Legal Problem 161

8 Reconsidering Redemption: Fully Embodied Hope 193

9 The New Creation Dawns 219

10 Living Into the Story 249

Acknowledgments 269

Notes 273

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Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn't the American Dream 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 29 days ago
Becoming Whole By Brian Fikkert and Kelly M. Kapic Becoming Whole is a holistic approach to ministering to those in poverty. Although the beginning was a bit long, it was necessary to understand how to see a person as a whole. The situations and needs we aim to help with are not isolated to one part of us but established by a whole person and therefore we need to be addressing the person as a whole. We can not simply look at a scenario of hunger, provide food and wash our hands of the situation. There is more going on and more to the person asking for assistance then the result of hunger. Our good intentions are not enough. “Again, the healthy human being is in some respects analogous to a wheel, with the hub (mind, affections, will, and body) and the spokes (four key relationships) perfectly aligned. Building on this analogy, we can think of the systems as the road on which the wheel travels. For the wheel to have a smooth ride, the road must be free of potholes. Similarly, for human beings to flourish, the systems must be conducive to people living in right relationships with God, self, others, and the rest of creation.” Becoming whole is a critical perspective on poverty alleviation. It picks apart all the contributing factors that have created poverty, programs of alleviation, the heart of those reaching out to help. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I share here. https://simplyannehere.wordpress.com
Ginger Hudock 4 months ago
I had previously read When Helping Hurts by Brian Fikkert at the recommendation of an acquaintance who is a long-time missionary. Becoming Whole is a great followup to that book and gives more details about what poverty alleviation programs can do to either help or hurt the people that they serve. I highly recommend this book for church leaders, including Missions Committee members as well as leaders and board members of ministry organizations that serve the poor. This book will help churches and other organizations evaluate their services to the poor and determine whether changes may be needed. It will also be a great help for individual Christians seeking to maximize the effectiveness of their charitable donations. The theme of this book may be exemplified by a quote from its conclusion. "We are called and empowered to join with ...[the poor] in living into this new world--preaching the Word and digging wells, starting schools and administering the sacraments, offering prayers and dispensing penicillin, fellowshipping with Christ's body and financing micro enterprises. Because the goal isn't to live the American Dream now and get our souls to heaven later. The goal is to become whole." I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about effective poverty alleviation programs. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.