Posted by: irenesroth | August 12, 2014

Book Review on Blogcritics

41VYjMujHHL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The Generosity Path: Finding the Richness in Giving
By Mark V. Ewert

Do you consider yourself to be generous? Or, do you think being generous is only reserved for a few special people? Mark Ewert shows the reader that anyone can be generous.

We live in a consumerist culture which believes that we can only be happiest when we buy certain products. Otherwise, we are people who don’t deserve to be happy. What an empty philosophy!

Ewert’s book advocates a different cultural stance and an alternative understanding about the best use of our material resources. We have to redefine the use of money. Money should not merely be used to buy what we want but to help others as well.

To be happiest, we should give generously to others. And generous people need not be rich either. They can give what they can at the moment. The good news is that you may not realize it but you are already generous. For instance, do you ever give change to a homeless person on your way home from work? Or, do you give your used clothes to the Goodwill or Salvation Army? If you do, you’re already generous.

To develop the practice of generosity, we should start where we are and be a bit more generous now than we were a year ago. We don’t have to leave our homes or sell all of our possessions in order to be able to give. Just start thinking of others slowly and how you could help.

So, as Ewert says, we can be generous, regardless of our situation in life. You may find opportunities everywhere in daily life, regardless of your circumstances. But what’s even more important is that whatever amount of generosity we can practice will help us to connect with others, find purpose and meaning in our lives, build solidarity, align our values, beliefs and loves with our actions, and experience good feelings.

This book is a must-read for each person who would like to get beyond the consumerist culture we live in the midst of every day and to be stewards of a better world with more kindness and generosity to spread.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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