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Your Mark On The World: Stories of service that show us how to give more with a purpose without giving up what's most important. Paperback – July 20, 2012
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The chapters alternate between stories of real people who have accomplished some amazing things in serving and helping others, and easy to understand discussions of how to analyze and modify your financial situation for the better (which should empower you to go out and do more good yourself.) The book starts out with a personal story by the author that grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading. The chapters that tell the stories of people who have found ways to really make a difference to the people they serve illustrate the variety of need in the world and the multiple ways that it is possible to make an impact on the lives of others. The financial advice chapters are basic enough to be understandable by those of us who didn't get our degrees in finance, but have enough depth to teach some important principles to enable people to take steps to improve their overall financial situation and take control of where their resources go.
If the purpose of the book is to convince and inspire people to find a cause and then go make their mark on the world, it certainly accomplishes that goal. It gives you the concrete examples that show how people can really do it, and the tools to enable anyone to make a plan and start doing it themselves.
His financial background and advice in that area made this book different from any other book like this that I have read. The financial piece may have been my favorite part. Though it's hard to say because some of the stories about what people are doing to help others were most inspiring.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I have come away inspired and I would recommend this book highly.
This is a wonderful book filled with inspiring stories as well as tips on how everyone can make their own mark on the world without worrying about debt. Speaking of debt, the book also offers valuable advice on how to overcome financial pitfalls as well as saving for the future. After all it can be difficult to give when you can barely make ends meet.
But it goes farther than money. Volunteerism is also a wonderful way to give back to the cause of your choosing, and the stories shared revolve around the experiences of individuals. Read as others have made small steps in their lives that have changed the lives of others greatly. You will leave not only wanting to help others, but immediately trying to find ways to leave your own mark on the world.
The stories and information given are great for all ages. It will make a great gift to teens, newlyweds, and even college students, but it is never too late to start saving for the future and giving your time and/or money to the cause(s) of your choice. The tools given, and if followed, will help to shape a better tomorrow as we work to get out of debt (and stay there!), and thus freeing up money to give to those in need (or to fund a volunteerism sabbatical).
As for the author of Your Mark on the World, the writing was easy to follow, and there were no confusing terms thrown around. This is why anyone can read and utilize the tools given. Every financial term was explained, and I even learned a lot about the different types of investments out there without feeling as if my head were about to explode. I hate math, and I rarely use the word hate, so the formulas provided as well as the charts were extremely helpful in helping me to figure out how much I need to save now to afford college for my three children. Overall I found the book helpful, and the stories were inspiring, some to the point of tears.
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Interesting read. If you have never donated to charity or thought about why you should, this is a great book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by email@example.com
This is a book that was written with the LDS family in mind. However, anyone can learn from the stories and advice contained within its pages. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Andrea Coventry
This is a book that appears to be short, but it can be life-changing if used appropriately. Have you ever wanted to get involved in changing the world for the better but did not... Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Ruth A. Hill
This is a very good reference book. I enjoyed it very much.
It is very easy to read and has a lot of good ideas.
Wait until 65 to retire and then help improve the world? phooey!
Read Devin Thorpe's book and start making a greater MARK on the world today!
I love books that make me want to be a better person and give me ways that I can tailor it to fit my life and abilities. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by bkbhere
Loved it. I don't read a lot in the genre...I'm more of an escapist reader, but Devin's excellent book got me thinking *deeply* about a more systematic way to give back. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Jon Thomason
I'd call this book The Philanthropist Next Door. This inspiring book will give you a launching pad of ideas on how to make a difference in the world without having to be a Bono or... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Scott Openshaw