We Make a Life by What We Give

We Make a Life by What We Give

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According to an old saying, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." In 22 brief and insightful essays, Richard B. Gunderman shows us that the key to more rewarding giving can be found by looking beyond mere donations of money. Exploring the ethical core of sharing and examining its importance for both those who receive and those who give, here is a book to deepen our understanding of what it means to share.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 612.35g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253200296
  • 9780253200297

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Some books enlighten us, some books inspire us, and some books challenge us to expand our understanding of who we are and who we can become. [This book] does all three. . . . It simply surpasses all other books in the field, but more importantly, it expands our understanding of the field of philanthropy and of ourselves and our potential. -- Heather Wood Ion * Contributing Editor * Short, sweet, and a pleasure to read, [this book] reminds us that we are capable of contributing much more when we see ourselves in the company of those who depend on us to make the most of what we have been given. * Philanthropy News Digest * . . . provides a rich understanding of humanity and how we must live in community.2010 -- Kirby Hughes Gould * Christian Church Foundation *show more

About Richard B. Gunderman

Richard B. Gunderman is Vice Chairman, Radiology and Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.show more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Imagining Philanthropy2. The Golden Rule3. Four Gifts4. The Potential to Share5. The Good Samaritan6. Egoism, Altruism, and Service7. Doing Well by Doing Good8. Idealists and Realists9. What Are We Part of?10. The Seven Deadly Sins11. Materialist Philanthropy12. Whoever Has Will Receive More13. Hoarding and Sharing14. Lessons from the Least15. Lower and Higher16. Who Is Expendable?17. How Much and How Well?18. Are We Hospitable?19. Rules and Aspirations20. Suffering21. Treasure in Earthen Vessels22. Ethics and MetaphysicsSuggested ReadingsIndexshow more

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2 9% (2)
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