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Giving—The Sacred Art

Creating a Lifestyle of Generosity

Lauren Tyler Wright

5.5 x 8.5, 208 pp, Quality Paperback


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A “Best Spiritual Book of the Year.”   —Spirituality & Practice

Practical tips and inspiring thoughts for living
a life of abundance and spirit-filled generosity.
Giving of your resources is a profound act that can change your life and the lives of those around you. With gentleness and wisdom, this practical guide outlines the ways in which cultivating a lifestyle of generosity can be a source of personal transformation, spiritual renewal and deep joy. You will learn about:
Giving as Worship—how the major faith traditions offer reverence through giving
Giving as Stewardship—managing resources for maximum benefit
Giving as Charity—providing for others out of a sense of compassion
Giving as Justice—creating righteous equality in our world
“A bountiful resource for anyone interested in nurturing a lifestyle of charity and justice, as well as joy and discipline in response to God’s own spirit of generosity. [Offers] plentiful treasures from many faith traditions, practical wisdom and questions that will challenge any reader to think and act afresh about God’s abundance and the art of giving.”
John R. Wimmer, program director, Religion Division, Lilly Endowment, Inc.

“Elegantly and thoroughly demonstrates that giving is a boon to both the giver and to the receiver, that both acts affect not only what we do with possessions and money but also how we interact with other people, from the most mundane encounters to our broadest goals in life. An enriching feast for us all!”

Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, author, The Jewish Approach to Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam): A Brief Introduction for Christians
“Profound knowledge may accompany a university degree, however, it always accompanies the one who is generous. Generosity as a spiritual discipline will bring you home to your full humanity. [This book] creates the most direct path! Enjoy!”
Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, founder, grass/roots: Women’s Spirituality Center; author,
Secrets of Prayer: A Multifaith Guide to Creating Personal Prayer in Your Life
“For anyone who has ever thought about ‘giving back’ out of their abundance, but has put it off…. Helps us see that by intentionally attending to why and how we give (or not), our giving can become much more than a duty. Offers plenty of helpful advice and strategies in this eminently readable book.”
Timothy Sandoval, PhD, author, Money and the Way of Wisdom: Insights from the Book of Proverbs; assistant professor of Hebrew Bible, Chicago Theological Seminary
“Enticing, inspirational and … refreshingly candid…. Readers of all faiths, or none, will find many useful suggestions for incorporating giving into their lives. Specific examples of change from [the author’s] own life are both helpful and provocative, underlining the assertion that giving offers the potential to change not only the individual but ultimately the world.”
Publishers Weekly
Lauren Tyler Wright, MDiv, former program manager at the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, is a researcher and seminar leader on the topic of generosity in faith communities.

About the Art of Spiritual Living Series

Because spirituality is much more than what you think—it’s what you do. Explaining little-known or misunderstood spiritual practices from around the world with clear instructions on how you can do it, too.

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