Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence is a must read for everyone in church leadership, especially deacons. This book is a practical guide for churches to create benevolence policies that not only help meet the physical needs of low-income people but also their spiritual and communal needs. Framing the issue of poverty as a lack of relationship between God, self, others, and creation rather than lack of material resources dramatically changes how a church should approach giving to those in need. The authors assert that godly stewardship requires that churches make wise decisions with their resources by giving people a hand up rather than always offering a hand out. This resource not only provides a theological framework, but it also contains many helpful forms as well as real-life examples. This book is required reading for every deacon at our church. It is a very helpful guide to truly help those in need. I received this book free from the publisher as part of a reviewing program in exchange for an honest review.