Becoming Whole

Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn't the American Dream

by Kelly M. Kapic (Author)BRIAN FIKKERT (Author)
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What if we're spreading our own brokenness to the very people we want to help?

Before we try to make Uganda into the U.S. or inner cities into affluent suburbs, we have to consider what might be wrong with our own lives. Sure, our pursuit of the American Dream has made us wealthier than ever before, but at what cost? Families and communities are increasingly fragmented, loneliness is skyrocketing, physical and mental health are suffering, and overall happiness is on the decline.

What if we've had it wrong this whole time?

Brian Fikkert (coauthor of When Helping Hurts) and Kelly M. Kapic look at the true sources of brokenness and poverty and uncover the surprising pathways to human flourishing for poor and non-poor alike. Exposing the misconceptions of both Western Civilization and the Western church about the nature of God, human beings, and the world, they fundamentally reframe success and the path forward--reshaping our lives and our poverty alleviation ministries in a way that moves us all toward becoming whole.


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Fikkert, Brian: - BRIAN FIKKERT is an Associate Professor of Economics at Covenant College and the Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. Brian received a Ph.D. in Economics with highest honors from Yale University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Dordt College.