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More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity Hardcover – March 1, 2013
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In the book, there's no guilt involved, just merely a challenge to ask what is enough, and to make changes based on the answer. This book, and Jeff's journey has been incredibly challenging to me, as I've begun to ask these questions myself. I believe it is truly possible to change the world by opening our eyes to the simple changes we can make to help others succeed.
This book encourages me to make the world better, to learn from others, and to make small changes in my life with huge results for another.
Shinabarger's encounter with Clarence, a local homeless man, who welcomes him after he moves into his new house in East Atlanta village is the pivotal moment when the author is forced to change his way of thinking and to ask himself the question `what is enough?' He begins by examining his own comfortable financial and material position and contrasts it with Clarence who is homeless. When Clarence asks for help, he does so and also uncovers other ways to help those who need it.
Through a series of stories and his own personal anecdotes, the author explains real life examples of the things we can do to help people that we know either personally or not. At the end of each chapter, there is the `Enough Talk' section that offers practical ideas, which the reader is encouraged to undertake. The first task the author himself does is to live for one month on all of the food in his home. Amazingly, he manages to survive on this for about two months (147 meals, 3 meals a days for 7 weeks) proving that there was so much food in his house that he and his wife had kept in storage.Read more ›
It is repetitive as others have said.
It is contradictory. He mentions at least a couple of times being on vacation which, to me anyway, seems definitely like a luxury. And there's nothing at all wrong with that but doesn't seem in keeping with the overall context of the book. There is also a bit about "quitting on a Thursday". Great but... that is for sure a luxury for many people. Most people can't just up and quit what they don't like or what is bogging them down or what they need to think through. I understand it in it's immediate context but it doesn't seem in keeping with the overall context of the book. There were several examples like this.
I don't associate "generosity" with "suffering in solidarity". The writer obviously does. The idea of suffering in solidarity gets stronger and stronger as the book progresses which, to me, was off-putting. I strongly believe that being generous doesn't have to involve suffering.
The following passage toward the end also really hit me wrong:
"If you build a life that is separate from people who experience great need, you will always struggle to be a generous person. In large part, the people closest to us determine what we desire. So surround yourself with people who are in need, and you will desire to meet needs. Surround yourself with people living in excess, and your desires will become even more excessive. Generous people live in community with people who benefit from their generosity, which makes for a fuller life for the giver."
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(I was provided with a complementary copy for the purpose of a review. However, all opinions are entirely my own).
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Jeff shares his personal journey as God leads him in personal evaluation as to what is really needed in life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr Bob
This book was life changing for me. The author helped me to view the world through a new set of eyes. The stories he shared were inspiring and challenging at the same time. Read morePublished 3 months ago
This book provided thought-provoking commentary that has changed the way I look at the "stuff" in my life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Johanna R Kirk
Generosity, an expression of the message of the Cross, is critically important. I appreciate what is being said in this book.Published 4 months ago by Paul
excellent book. full of good ideas and thought-provoking ideasPublished 4 months ago by Stanley Wong