The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches Us All Paperback – Deckle Edge, Oct 1 2009
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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....
Nejeed Kassam is the founder and chairman of the international NGO End Poverty Now.
It just makes you look at things in a different way and makes you want to live your life in a more positive way.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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."
"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.
1) It gives a wider definition of giving and envisioned me for learning to give beyond money. When I think of all the opportunities of giving I have throughout my daily life, I started living more fullfiling days. There are so many opportunities everyday for giving a smile, a compliment, valuable knowledge...Giving and sharing, thus serving, helping each other is part of purpose. It's great to be reminded this and shown the way.
2) I have read so many books on personal development, self-help etc. Of course it is vital to know what you want in life, learning to manage your thoughts, thinking positive, keeping a high motivation etc. But very few books talks about the actual POWER of giving. Giving truely creates a POWER within, it makes you feel more abundant, more connected, definetly much better.
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