Even the most generous givers sometimes question the fruits of benevolence: are the recipients worthy, does my gift alleviate real needs, will it address root problems or reinforce the status quo? This wise book discusses these and other pragmatic concerns with a clarity born of experience--while shifting our perspective on giving from something we do to who we are. Ultimately, philanthropy transforms donor and recipient alike, 'inspiring us to become better than we are by devoting our lives to sharing with others.' If donors confine their good works to 'paying it forward,' if beneficiaries receive passively, with no chance to share in turn with others, we've missed the point. Gunderman offers no pat formulas for transformative giving ('excelling at generosity is not easy; if it were, everyone would do it'), but draws ample insights and guidance from biblical parables, Homer's Oddyssey, and accounts of service to others, including his own experience as a physician. 'We Make a Life by What We Give
reflects the compassion, wisdom and inspiration in which we will find the angels of our better nature,' states one reviewer. 'It simply surpasses all other books in the field.' Required reading for every nonprofit sector volunteer, donor, and employee--for everyone striving to 'help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.''
An Eighth Day View:
According to an old saying, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." In 22 brief and insightful essays, Richard B. Gunderman shows us that the key to more rewarding giving can be found by looking beyond mere donations of money. Exploring the ethical core of sharing and examining its importance for both those who receive and those who give, here is a book to deepen our understanding of what it means to share.