- Paperback: 130 pages
- Publisher: H. Freeman Associate, LLC; 1 edition (May 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996246215
- ISBN-13: 978-0996246217
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unlacing the Heart: Connecting with what really matters Paperback – May 1, 2015
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This is a powerful and deeply moving work. Through the sharing of personal life stories, noted fundraiser Henry Freeman takes us on a journey that leads us to understand that everyone is special, and that wisdom can come from anywhere. This book will be an inspiration for anyone who has a servant’s heart, and a desire to make a difference in the world.”—Larry C. Spears, author-editor, Insights on Leadership, The Spirit of Servant-Leadership
Packed with heart-wisdom, Henry Freeman invites us into precious, heart-stretching, truthful, abrasive, and deep life encounters with men and women from the highest echelons of society to the homeless and alienated of the streets. The feelings are poignant, deep, and true. I have read this book twice and love every page. Truly wonderful writing!”—Sue Mosteller, CSJ, The Henri Nouwen Society
In this book Freeman gifts us with a window into what it means to be human and truly present in our interactions with each other. Via poignant autobiographical vignettes, he reminds us that the fine art of fundraising begins with listening and the creation of a safe space where trust is nurtured, permitting donors to unlace their hearts and share their own sacred stories. This book will be a transformational read for fundraisers, development officers and philanthropists.—William G. Enright, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving; IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
These extraordinary stories, offered by an otherwise ordinary man, deomonstrate the remarkable and transforming power of grace. Rich or poor, learned or uneducated, strong or weak—Henry Freeman sees the beauty and even a spark of God alive in the people he meets, especially those who are otherwise invisible—the overlooked, ignored, or taken for granted. This rare quality reminds me of Jesus, the Master at seeing such invisible people and one who consistently came alongside each with compassion and grace. Though admittedly shy about voicing his faith, he works to incarnate this same spirit, and through these stories, gently nudges the rest of us to do the same.”—Colin Saxton, General Secretary, Friends United Meeting
As someone who thought he knew Henry Freeman well, and in fact was the Earlham College president who turned down the resignation with which this wonderful book begins, I found surprising insights on almost every page—insights about him, about the human condition, about caring, about my own empty spaces, and about responding to that of God in every person.—Richard J. Wood, Ph.D., President, Earlham College (1985-1996); Dean, Yale Divinity School (1996-2000)
About the Author
Henry B. Freeman, Ph.D. is a fundraising consultant who works with nonprofits and educational institutions throughout North America. He is also a frequent guest speaker and specialist in the areas of board training, motivation, leadership and organizational development. Additional titles include father, husband and Co-Founder with his nine-year-old granddaughter of Addison & Grandpa's Tomatoes , a micro agricultural enterprise (twelve tomato plants) that sells home-grown tomatoes on Saturday mornings at a small town Farmers Market. A native southerner born and raised in the Carolinas, in 1992 Dr. Freeman left the comfort and security of a college vice president to spend a year living with orphans in war-torn El Salvador. Upon his return to the United States, he left a twenty-year career in advancement and positions of leadership at Earlham College, The University of Michigan, and Yale to found his consulting firm, H. Freeman Associates, and to spend the next ten years raising the funds needed to send 150 poor and orphaned Salvadoran children to school. When not travelling for speaking engagements and work with clients Henry spends his time gardening and at home with his wife Sandy, two dogs and a cat named Bill in Richmond, Indiana.
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Among those who already know him Henry talks a lot, a whole lot, but he doesn't usually talk about himself. He talks about the interesting people he's met. He knows that everyone has a story. He shares those stories. Henry could tell a thousand stories from a lifetime of listening. In Unlacing the Heart Henry has chosen just a few which span the emotional breadth of humanity and expertly demonstrates 'what really matters'.
Reading this book is the closest thing to actually meeting Henry that I can imagine. Trust me, you want to meet Henry.
Written in the tradition of Henri Nouwen's "A Spirituality of Fundraising," it deserves a place on anyone's bookshelf and now sits between that classic and Bill Sturtevant's "The Artful Journey." As soon as it becomes available, I will want to buy about a dozen copies to give to these special friends to help validate their shared approach to our important work.