Bob wrote last month, “We rarely do blog posts that promote a new book and would only do so when the book is so important and so in line with the Go-Giver worldview that we just have to tell you about it.”
Well, it’s happened again. We just have to tell you about a magnificent little book that would make a great companion volume to The Go-Giver in a two-book gift set.
The Power of Giving, by Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon, carries the subtitle, “Creating Abundance at Home, at Work, and in Your Community.” Before its publication, I was asked to read it and consider giving an endorsement. I wrote:
“This little book could change the world. If you read it cover to cover, and tell others, it will.”
This is no dry, matter-of-fact manual for would-be philanthropists, but a work of sweep, scope and heart. Azim and Harvey talk about giving not only money, but also love, laughter, knowledge, leadership, hope, life, time, skills, health, touch, attention, advice, balance, and a good deal more.
Seriously: there are sections of the book devoted to each of these topics.
They talk about when to give, where to give, how to give, how much to give, and of course, why to give. They talk about giving with respect and humility, giving in hardship, about healing relationships, giving to your children, about giving at work, giving globally. They talk about “time tithing” and “idea tithing” … I mean, they cover the topic.
And throughout the deliciously easy to read narrative, they sprinkle personal stories, vignettes, warm and wonderful and sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartrending pictures of all these principles in action.
Most books I want to gobble up in one or several sittings. This one is so rich, each page so loaded with treasure, I want to dip into it and drink a sip at a time, over and over. A book to cherish.
A book, dare I say, to give others.