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Inspiring Generosity

By Barbara Bonner

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Format: Paperback, 203 pages
Published In: United States, 01 February 2014
Inspiring stories and beautifully typeset quotations about generosity. WARNING: This book might change your life. The desire to act generously arrives like an uninvited guest, unexpectedly, like a lightning bolt, in a mere moment. A gesture, a news story, a quotation in a book, a passing remark can change everything. For many, that moment is enough for generosity to move into their hearts and minds and become central to their lives. This book will help readers open their hearts to the power of their own innate generosity, their desire to make a difference in the world, to help make someone's day a little brighter or their world a bit more secure. It will kindle a spark in readers' hearts that moves them into the sunshine of a more generous life. If one life is more generous, we all prosper. That is one of generosity's most wonderful qualities: it is utterly contagious. Inspiring Generosity is an invitation to savor a sampling of the very best inspirations on the subject of generosity. It includes fourteen contemporary stories of "generosity heroes" whose lives have been transformed by the power of generosity. Sprinkled throughout these stories are writings and quotes from Shakespeare, Hafiz, Emily Dickinson, George Eliot, Wendell Berry, Sharon Olds, Naomi Shibab Nye, Donald Justice, Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou, Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Steinbeck, James Joyce, Leo Tolstoy, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, Goethe, Seneca, Albert Schweitzer, Anne Frank, and many others.

About the Author

After starting her professional life as an art historian, Barbara Bonner has devoted her career to nonprofit management, fundraising and philanthropy. In New York she held leadership positions in three of the city's distinguished museums. She then served as Vice President of Bennington College and of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Since 2009 she has had her own consulting company that helps nonprofit organizations transform their board leadership and philanthropic support. In addition, Barbara has served on ten nonprofit boards, most recently as Board Chair of The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Several years ago she started a major fund for helping women with cancer in her region. After 30 years in New York City, Barbara now lives in a converted barn in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts. Her first book, Inspiring Generosity, was published in 2014. Barbara has spoken widely on the subjects of generosity and leadership and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.

Reviews

This lovely book deftly captures first your mind and then your heart and leads you along a beautiful path illuminated at each step by compelling stories of generosity. Barbara Bonner s touch is so light as to be like a veil that is slowly lifted. This book is such a gift to all of us in the field of philanthropy and beyond. --MaryJane Kubler, Philanthropic Advisor There is nothing more compelling than a story of generosity, the truest kind of love story there is. How fitting that Barbara Bonner s Inspiring Generosity" embodies the very quality it praises, with eloquent accounts of transformative kindness and wisdom through generosity. --Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness In poetry and prose Barbara has set a table of generosity for everyone to share. This is a lovely, reflective and helpful anthology. Be generous give it to your family and friends. --Edward Skloot, Director, The Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, Duke University "What a magnificent book! These stories of inspired generosity work upon us to inspire our generosity. This book is itself a bold act of generosity; if we are able to accept her gift, it will transform our lives."--Dale S.Wright, Distinguished Professor of Religion, Occidental College "Barbara Bonner s remarkable book reminds me of the ways in which generosity connects me so immediately to the very heart of the world. Her powerful stories peel away the saccharine frosting that ordinarily covers the topic of generosity, and reveals the guts, the ardency, the power of the truly generous act. Truth explodes from every page a truth I want to, need to, must" remember. I want a copy of this book on my desk. I want a copy of it next to my bed. I want to live submerged in this very best way of being human."--Stephen Cope, author of The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling This book is a great act of generosity on Barbara Bonner s part, opening your hand, your heart, and your life in new and unexpected ways. Read it and you will love it! --Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia University The best thing I have read on the path of generosity. Warning: this book might change your life! --David Loy, author of The World Is Made of Stories "This book will help us attain loving compassion all around."--Paul Schervish, Director of the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy "This book is a great act of generosity on Barbara Bonner's part, opening your hand, your heart, and your life in new and unexpected ways. Read it and you will love it!"--Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia University "The best thing I have read on the path of generosity. Warning: this book might change your life!"--David Loy, author of The World Is Made of Stories "Barbara has given us a wonderful set of stories and poems that reinforce the connection between generous action and compassion. We have much to learn from these examples and heart connected stanzas."--Jeffrey C. Walker, Chairman, MDG Health Alliance, author of The Generosity Network "In poetry and prose Barbara has set a table of generosity for everyone to share. This is a lovely, reflective and helpful anthology. Be generous - give it to your family and friends."--Edward Skloot, Director, The Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, Duke University "This lovely book deftly captures first your mind and then your heart and leads you along a beautiful path illuminated at each step by compelling stories of generosity. Barbara Bonner's touch is so light as to be like a veil that is slowly lifted. This book is such a gift to all of us in the field of philanthropy and beyond."--MaryJane Kubler, Philanthropic Advisor "Barbara Bonner's remarkable book reminds me of the ways in which generosity connects me so immediately to the very heart of the world. Her powerful stories peel away the saccharine frosting that ordinarily covers the topic of generosity, and reveals the guts, the ardency, the power of the truly generous act. Truth explodes from every page--a truth I want to, need to, must" remember. I want a copy of this book on my desk. I want a copy of it next to my bed. I want to live submerged in this very best way of being human."--Stephen Cope, author of The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling "A thoughtful presentation."--Pope Francis "This book is a great act of generosity, opening your hand, your heart, and your life in new and unexpected ways. Read it and you will love it!"--Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia University "This beautiful, inspiring book draws you into the heart of generosity."--Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom "This book serves as a reminder of the kindness of the American people."--President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama This beautiful, inspiring book draws you into the heart of generosity. --Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom" Barbara has given us a wonderful set of stories and poems that reinforce the connection between generous action and compassion. We have much to learn from these examples and heart connected stanzas. --Jeffrey C. Walker, Chairman, MDG Health Alliance, author of The Generosity Network" -This book serves as a reminder of the kindness of the American people.---President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama -A thoughtful presentation.---Pope Francis -This book is a great act of generosity, opening your hand, your heart, and your life in new and unexpected ways. Read it and you will love it!---Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia University -This beautiful, inspiring book draws you into the heart of generosity.---Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom -Barbara has given us a wonderful set of stories and poems that reinforce the connection between generous action and compassion. We have much to learn from these examples and heart connected stanzas.---Jeffrey C. Walker, Chairman, MDG Health Alliance, author of The Generosity Network -There is nothing more compelling than a story of generosity, the truest kind of love story there is. How fitting that Inspiring Generosity embodies the very quality it praises.---Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness -Like you, I am amazed every day by the stories of people around the world who give of themselves to help others. Inspiring Generosity is a beautiful book.---President Bill Clinton "Like you, I am amazed every day by the stories of people around the world who give of themselves to help others. Inspiring Generosity is a beautiful book."--President Bill Clinton "There is nothing more compelling than a story of generosity, the truest kind of love story there is. How fitting that Inspiring Generosity embodies the very quality it praises."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness Like you, I am amazed every day by the stories of people around the world who give of themselves to help others. Inspiring Generosity is a beautiful book. --President Bill Clinton"

EAN: 9781614291107
ISBN: 1614291101
Publisher: Wisdom Publications (MA)
Dimensions: 20.07 x 20.07 x 1.78 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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