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The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches Us All [Paperback]

Azim Jamal , Harvey McKinnon
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Book Description

Oct. 6 2009
This practical and visionary guide helps you discover that the more you give, the more you have.

Simple and easy to use, The Power of Giving provides a wealth of down-to-earth ideas, exercises, and real-life stories that reveal to each reader the unique gifts he or she has to give?including kindness, ideas, advice, attention, hope, and more?and the many ways you can benefit from giving them, from better health to better job prospects.

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Azim Jamalis is an inspirational speaker who has delivered talks on five continents, as well as the author of several books on spirituality and life balance. A former professional accountant, Jamal decided to devote himself to giving after a life-changing experience volunteering in the developing world.

Harvey McKinnon is a fundraising expert, speaker, and documentary-film producer, as well as the author of several books. After a decade working with the international development agency Oxfam Canada, he founded the fundraising consultancy firm Harvey McKinnon Associates.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is a must read!!! If you want to be inspired then this is the book for you. This book has made a significant impact on my day to day life. The stories in the book are inspirational and make you realize the power you can receive with the act of giving! One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "We may only be one person in the world. But we may be the world to one person?"

If you want to find meaning, fulfillment, and happiness in your life then this book can help you find that and more! Each of us in our own lives faces life situations where we perhaps lose faith in the world and see nothing positive - we are constantly bombarded with disturbing world events, natural disasters, and life-threatening diseases and we perhaps lose all hope...this book reminds us that we each hold the power to create change and impact.

This book will resonate with your innate desire to bring sunshine in the lives of our neighbours. God has given each of us this ability and power to give of our innate gifts and blessings - Don't wait any longer, spread the word and act now!

If you enjoyed the movie, "Pay it forward" then this book is a winner!
Pay it forward by sharing the power of giving with others....
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Giving - truly a gift of change. Aug. 23 2008
Every journey commences with a first step - often a simple baby-step that feels like a leap. This step is not only necessary, but it's often the hardest one. The Power of Giving, in many regards, is an example of two authors, Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon, taking a collective first step for society - a step that will remind us of the importance of collective action and of service. This book represents a foundation that we must build upon to bring about true change in our lives and in the lives of our fellow citizens. Written more like a conversation than a book, The Power of Giving does a good job of providing everyday people - people engrossed with the mundane, but often time-consuming challenges of everyday life - with both a reminder and a building block for serving the other, be it their mothers or mother nature. While generally avoiding the preachy tone often associated with inspirational or self-help books, The Power of Giving carefully stimulates the minds of readers about the important power of giving, while providing them with non-intrusive and achievable steps to make a difference. While this book is not going to change the world on its own, it is, quite fittingly, a gift from two authors who obviously deeply care about empowering each of us to make micro-cosmic changes in our lives that, collectively, will make a macro-cosmic difference.

Nejeed Kassam is the founder and chairman of the international NGO End Poverty Now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring - life changing - a must read! Feb. 24 2009
This book is very inspiring and makes you want to be a better person. It is a book that you can just keep reading and reading or can read a little bit at a time. There is nothing bad to say about this book.....

It just makes you look at things in a different way and makes you want to live your life in a more positive way.

Happy reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compact book with an expansive message Aug. 18 2008
By A. Barker - Published on
The authors of The Power of Giving walk the talk and in so doing their message resonates with clarity and conviction: if you make the decision to live a life of giving, you'll be rewarded in many ways... greater happiness, new and deeper relationships, better health, better feeling about yourself, and many other ways.

I bought this book when it was first released and read it in one sitting. It's filled with great stories that carried me from idea to idea, and, as the cliché goes, "I just couldn't put it down".

After I'd done, I spent days thinking about the many ways in which I could be a better giver. And I started down my Power of Giving path by actually buying three more copies and sending then to my mom, my sister and my best friend.

It's been over a year since I bought and read The Power of Giving but the key message that "the more you give, the more you receive" has been proven time and time again in my own experience, since I started to pay attention to both what I can give with intention and what the world is giving back to me.

I've thought of their lessons (which by the way, are shared in a fun, sometimes humorous, but never earnest way) when my clients ask for more than what they're paying me for... and the results have been only positive for my business.

I've applied the wisdom shared by Jamal and McKinnon in the way I deal with my ex-husband and my new partner's ex-wife - and the results are clearly more productive than my previous way of handling difficult situations with these two people!

And yes, I have applied The Power of Giving to my annual giving, having made two donations that prior to reading the book I never would have considered. Why? Because I didn't feel I could afford that much money (both were for $500 and only one generated a tax receipt). But with the spirit of The Power of Giving in my mind, I took the leap of faith and made the donations. And you know what? At year end I didn't miss the $1,000. But I feel fantastic about the great work that my money has helped accomplish in a cancer care facility and in a rural village where women are now running micro-businesses to help support their families.

I highly recommend this book. It's such a small investment to make and the returns are incalculable.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Purpose in Giving Aug. 19 2008
By Robert S. Williams - Published on
The "Power of Giving", so beautifully and profoundly written, forces one to ask fundamental questions about our sense of purpose in this increasingly complex world. The gentle messages of love, compassion and giving are found on every page of this book. We read about real life situations that address the most basic elements of our humanity--- with all it's strengths and all it's vulnerabilities.

"The Power of Giving" is a spiritual awakening, but it is also a sensible and practical guide to the many possibilites and methods of giving. Azim and Harvey teach us that "giving" is more about loving than anything else. Giving inspires us to get outside of ourselves and to have an increased awareness of "the other". The authors encourage us to give what we can whether it be time, money, acts of kindness or gentle touches. Thankyou Harvey and Azim for giving us your book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Giving Sept. 22 2008
By E. O'Donnell - Published on
What better antidote to toxic news about Wall Street greed and corruption than to read one story after another of people helping one another. This book is not about the how of giving, but about the why of it all. It wonderfully delivers on the promise of its (two!) subtitles: "How giving back enriches us all - Creating abundance in your home, at work, and in your community."

Creating abundance, for example, can mean joining a babysitting co-op, thereby affording busy parents a bit of time for themselves. Though elsewhere in the book it's evident that the authors, professional fundraisers Jamal and McKinnon, work with very high-income donors indeed, this book is for EveryCitizen. The authors intersperse funny personal stories from their own lives with poignant vignettes, quotes of wisdom from the ancients, helpful web links, and so forth.

One can feel sick at heart and powerless to do anything effective about huge disasters like hurricanes, or gang violence, or homelessness in a rich country - or even about "smaller" problems in the neighbourhood. American Trappist poet and social activist Thomas Merton captured this malaise well: "To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times."

Jamal and McKinnon have spectacularly not "succumbed to the violence of our times."

Each page seems to have been written with love and laughter. Even though all my life I've donated time and money to various causes; have worked as a fundraiser for non-profits; and know the many benefits of giving, I love this book because it's an invitation to everyone - not just the fundraisers - to experience the happiness and the health we create - and the meaningful relationships we build - when reach out to others.

The subtle design of the book helps you slow down a bit, taking pleasure in the relaxing act of turning the well-printed pages... of considering how the next idea might play out in one's own circle of friends.

This immensely compassionate book could make an eye-opening and inviting gift for anyone in your life - including the friend who "has everything."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... both inspirational and practical Aug. 20 2008
By Zahra Kanji - Published on
This book is both inspirational and practical! I grew up listening to the motto "the more you give, the more you have" but despite this being ingrained in me from an early age, the act of giving can sometimes be a struggle. This book gives you options on how you can give (it doesn't have to be money) and reminds you of the benefits of giving (which are more vast than the obvious ones that come to mind). The anecdotes are touching and set the mood for wanting to give! Whether you are an individual (young or old) or an organization (big or small), this book is both a useful and pleasurable read and will cultivate your spirit of giving. It can even serve as a great gift as a gesture of your gratitude to someone who has given something to you! Can you tell I've read the book!?! ... and I plan to read it a few more times!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To risk uncovering one's humanness Aug. 20 2008
By Naz Remtulla - Published on
"When you read this book, you find yourself pausing to remember holy pieces of yourself and a human relationship with divinity. I found the book delightfully rich which encourages us to seek the deeper meaning that make up a human life. It is a powerful book that radiates compassion and a willingness to take the risk of uncovering one's humanness"
Naz Remtulla
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