Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Review: The Power of Giving

by Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon

I remember hearing a colleague saying a while back, ‘I just can’t listen to another suggestion that we should give more to our world.’  In their book, The Power of Giving, Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon take an in-depth look at the practice of giving, for those who consider themselves givers already and those who don’t. Their definition of giving is a broad based approach to life which involves engaging our whole selves in all that we do. This can be as simple as giving a smile, offering a listening ear or just respecting people in your world. They show us how becoming aware of the power of giving makes us more available to truly receive the good of life. They also go into strategies for people looking for ways to participate more, including organizations that need support, both money and time, how to pick our places of contributing and how to determine how much we can give and still have a balanced life. In a world that takes so much of our time and yet presents so much need, this book is a good resource for finding our perfect place and balance in the natural give and take of living.

Review by Rev. Ruth Barnharta staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.

The Power of Giving by Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

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