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The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches Us All Paperback – October 1, 2009
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"We've needed a book like this for a long time. Now it's your turn to help. Buy it, share it, download, buy a copy for a friend. This book could change everything."
"Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon do a remarkable job of addressing the all-important questions: Why give? To whom should I give? What should I give? How can I give? When should I give? With pith and wisdom they make a compelling case for the old adage that the more you give, the more you receive."
"This powerful and inspiring book will help you live a more significant life and become more the person that you were meant to be."
-Robin Sharma, author of "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari"
"Extremely impressive . . . Very inspiring."
-Dr. Wayne Dyer, bestselling author of "The Power of Intention"
?We?ve needed a book like this for a long time. Now it's your turn to help. Buy it, share it, download, buy a copy for a friend. This book could change everything.?
?Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon do a remarkable job of addressing the all-important questions: Why give? To whom should I give? What should I give? How can I give? When should I give? With pith and wisdom they make a compelling case for the old adage that the more you give, the more you receive.?
?This powerful and inspiring book will help you live a more significant life and become more the person that you were meant to be.?
?Robin Sharma, author of "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari"
?Extremely impressive . . . Very inspiring.?
?Dr. Wayne Dyer, bestselling author of "The Power of Intention"
About the Author
Azim Jamal is an inspirational speaker, management consultant, and executive coach. He made a life-changing career switch from "accounting for business" to "accounting for life" during a soul-stirring experience while volunteering around the world. Azim is the author of several books, including The Corporate Sufi, and coauthor of the # 1 Amazon bestselling The Power of Giving.
Harvey McKinnon is an inspirational speaker and trainer. He has helped to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for nonprofits. His fundraising consulting company, Harvey McKinnon Associates, helps tackle a variety of causes in Canada and the United States. A former radio columnist for CBC Radio in Canada, McKinnon has been published in the Globe, Mail, the Toronto Star and the Vancouver Sun. He has also produced several documentaries, including Side by Side: Women Against AIDS, a biography of William Shatner, and also The Black Sea in Crisis. McKinnon is the writer of The Power of Giving, The 11 Questions Every Donor Asks and the Answers All Donors Crave: How You Can Inspire Someone to Give Generously, and Hidden Gold.
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Thank you for sure an insightful book on giving from the heart. I practice random acts of kindness daily; WHAT FUN!
WHAT I LIKED: The authors did a good job of categorizing different kinds of giving and pointing out that there's more than just a couple ways to give. Most people think charitable giving is about giving time and/or money, but the authors did a good job of pointing out additional types of giving and challenged the reader to consider giving in some way shape or form. One of the best pieces of information in the book was pointing out that giving a certain percentage (like 10%) may be difficult when you're making less money, but it'll be even more difficult when you're making a lot of money unless you've conditioned yourself to give early on.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Despite how it's advertised, there isn't a lot of "practical advice" or in-depth strategies in this book other than a cursory, "Here's an idea. Have you considered that before?" Also, even though this book was a brisk 189 pages, it seems like the authors didn't have enough to say to fill the pages. The book's basic premise is that you should give because it helps other people and makes you feel good... and it doesn't offer much more than variants of that same message, over and over. The element of the book I found most irksome, though, was that easily half the examples in this book are examples of the authors' own charitable deeds and successes. It seems to me that - after a lengthy introduction extolling their own accomplishments - it's a little narcissistic to constantly write about one's own accomplishments as an example of ideal behavior. I have to think that the authors could have found plenty of examples to promote and illustrate others' accomplishments rather than their own.
Overall, I'm conflicted about this book. On the one hand, embracing the idea of becoming a culture more focused on giving and less focused on taking is an incredibly important message, and the book does provide a couple of tidbits of information that could be helpful for those who are just dipping a toe into the giving pool or are looking for different ways to perform charitable acts. But the execution was definitely lacking and left me feeling a little disappointed that such an important message wasn't presented better.