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The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches Us All (2008)

by Azim Jamal

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At first this book made me feel guilty and I didn't like it. But then I read the part about being an unhealthy giver and that you should have balance and help yourself first. That was my problem, I realized, and that was what I needed to hear. I believe what this book says is true, and in the end it changed my perspective on giving from something that was guilty and negative to something more positive and empowering. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
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When most of us think of giving, we usually think only in terms of time or money, things we would like to share but barely have enough of for ourselves. But we have far more to give than we realize, and we stand to benefit more from giving than we can begin to imagine.

In The Power of Giving, Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon take us beyond the idea that giving just means donating money; they expand it to include the giving of kindness, ideas, advice, attention, skills, time, hope, love, touch, and much more. This simple, easy-to-use guide to every facet of giving helps us understand why we should give and what each of us has to give—as well as to whom, how, when, and how much to give. Equally significant as the difference that giving makes in the lives of others is the difference that it makes in our own lives, with benefits ranging from the practical, such as improved health and professional connections, to the intangible, like hope and a sense of connection with others.

Full of personal stories and inspirational ideas, thought-provoking exercises that help the reader discover what they have to give and how to best give it, and special sections on corporate giving, teaching children how to give, giving forgiveness, giving what we need to receive, and giving wisely for maximum impact and benefit, The Power of Giving shows us how the act of giving is a fundamental human need with the power to enrich all our lives. It is a must-read for anyone interested in improving the world, and improving their own lives in the process.
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Going beyond the concept of financial donations, an inspirational, common-sense guide argues that the giving of kindness, ideas, advice, time, attention, skills, love, hope, touch, and other essentials can have a profound influence on and can enrich the lives, not only of the recipients of the gifts, but also of the giver.… (more)

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