Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)

by Robert D. Lupton


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062076212
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 55,543
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Robert D. Lupton is the author of numerous books, including Theirs Is the Kingdom, Return Flight, and Renewing the City. He is the founder of FCS Urban Ministries, and he has invested over forty years of his life in inner-city Atlanta. A Christian community developer, he holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia.

Patrick Lawlor has recorded over three hundred audiobooks in just about every genre. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many Library Journal and Kirkus starred audio reviews.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Scandal 1

Chapter 2 The Problem with Good Intentions 11

Chapter 3 The Anatomy of Giving 31

Chapter 4 Needs vs. Relationships 51

Chapter 5 Beyond Us-Based Giving 65

Chapter 6 No Quick Fixes 85

Chapter 7 Wise Giving 103

Chapter 8 Take the Oath 127

Chapter 9 Service with Dignity 147

Chapter 10 Getting Started 165

What People are Saying About This

Ronald W. Nikkel

“A superb book. Toxic Charity should serve as a guide and course correction for anyone involved in charitable endeavors at home or abroad.”

Roger Sandberg

“In Toxic Charity, Lupton reminds us that being materialistically poor does not mean that there is no capacity, no voice, and no dignity within a person. If we truly love the poor, we will want to educate ourselves on how best to serve. Let our charity be transformative not toxic.”

Danny Wuerffel

“Lupton’s work, his books and, most importantly, his life continue to guide and encourage me to live and serve in a way that honors God and my neighbor. I highly recommend Toxic Charity.”

Philip Yancey

“When Bob Lupton speaks of the inner city, the rest of us ought to sit up and take notice... [His work is] deeply distrurbing—in the best sense of the word.”

John McKnight

“Lupton’s book reminds us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. He shows how the people called poor can be blessed by supporting opportunities for them to give their gifts, skills, knowledge and wisdom to creating the future.”

Joel C. Hunter

“Toxic Charity provides the needed counterbalance to a kind heart: a wise mind. Though I often thought, “Ouch!” while I was reading the book, Robert Lupton gave this pastor what I needed to become a more effective leader.”

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Toxic Charity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SharonDelaware More than 1 year ago
This book gives perspective from the receiver of the time and money of charitable donors. While I have mixed emotions regarding the opinion's expressed regarding the missionary work of the church, it does force one to consider the long-term ramifications of giving to those in need without requiring accountability from them. I particularly like the idea of providing opportunity for those in need to help themselves. Ultimately shouldn't our goal be to eliminate need for charity?
deetm5282 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Lupton tells a very convincing story about what we are doing to the underprivileged. We are taking away their self esteem as well as giving them the reasons to continue in a welfare state. Read the book. IT IS GREAT!!
TNees More than 1 year ago
Lupton has done a good job of identifying the issues and the problems of compassion as charity. He makes some essential points. 1) outputs vs. outcomes. In all relief and development work it's important to distinguish between what is done (outputs) and the intended result (outcomes). 2) delivery of services vs. community development. There will always be a need for emergency assistance in response to disasters. Many churches begin their compassion programs with food and clothing distribution - but don't go beyond relief to community development.
Columbiaandrew More than 1 year ago
A very challenging read - especially to anyone who works in faith-based charities. Lupton asks some provocative questions that for the most part are going unasked. We're planning to use this book as study material in our church to help us find wiser ways of engaging in community service.
Jav_Leach More than 1 year ago
Lupton offers a different system, not just program, to address poverty without continuing the enablement of those who are in need.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've genuinely been convicted and inspired at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He makes you look at charity in a whole new way. Charity needs to do more research and planning to be truly effective. Great book to start discussion and planning. He brings up things I would never have thought of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Toxic Charity" tells of the insights gained by Robert Lupton by living in a poor community and really getting to know his neighbors. He discovered the unintended consequences there are for those who receive charity, and he shares his ideas about what givers can do about it.
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