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The Cathedral Within: Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back Paperback – November 13, 2001
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--Los Angeles Times
"Bill Shore is a true American visionary....This book can change both human lives and organizational lives for the better."
--Colin L. Powell
"The Cathedral Within is a clarion call in this time of compassion fatigue, a compelling and convincing plea for us to reconsider the way we approach problems of hunger and poverty."
--Richard Russo, author of Straight Man and Empire Falls
"[A] quietly powerful, upbeat book."
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-- Gary Mulhair, who has created unprecedented jobs and wealth at the largest self-supporting human-service organization of its kind, Pioneer Human Services of Seattle.
-- Nancy Carstedt of the Chicago Childrenis Choir, which provides thousands of children their first introduction to music.
-- Geoffrey Canada, who has made a safe haven for more than four thousand inner-city children in New York City, from Hell's Kitchen to Harlem.
These leaders, and many others described in these pages, have built important new cathedrals within their communities, and by doing so they have transformed lives, including their own.
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In this well-written book, Shore (Founder of Share Our Strength) uses the model of a cathedral to demonstrate that large dreams are community efforts that reach beyond personal lifetimes to accomplish, and that appear impossible until the collective brainpower of the community engages to find a solution. This metaphor addresses the "perfectionism" that sometimes stops people from making efforts towards social change. In the inspirational stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, readers feel the passion that rebounds of the pages. Echoing the human voice for meaning in an increasingly digital and isolated world, this book suggests practical ways for American wealth to be redefined, redistributed, and built upon foundations that include social interests. It is a blueprint for building ethics into today's business values and ventures that will create a social structure of community wealth.
I read it in one sitting, underlined heavily, and have placed 39 page markers within its covers. The inspiration found between its pages has helped me redesign my own business plan towards the greater good. In short, read it.
If you're starting a non-profit or already run one and you're looking for ideas for long-term sustainability, this is a book you should absolutely read NOW.