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Inspiring Generosity by [Bonner, Barbara]
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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"

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

-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

-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

-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

-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

-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

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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H5Q2YOW
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2.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT IN HARD COPY 4 Feb. 2016
By D. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is going to be a funny review. I love this book and we use at our hospital all the time for reflections before meetings and whatnot. Get the book. Get it in hard back or paperback. It formats terribly on the tablets. You won’t get the true value if you buy it electronically. What is on one page in the hard copy is on two or three pages on a tablet. Kind of kills the wow factor. But definitely buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Gift 23 Feb. 2014
By Russell A. Cargo - Published on Amazon.com
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Barbara Bonner's new book, Inspiring Generosity, is an extraordinary gift to us all. Her framing of the concept of generosity and separating it from philanthropy as practiced today provides a powerful insight into what is vitally important to a just and civil society. That is the essence of the book but the joy of this precious book comes from the profound stories of generosity that cause readers to self-examine their own ideas of how to live. The stories of generosity are punctuated by thought-provoking and moving quotes from a worldwide cast of familiar and unfamiliar thinkers. They give balance and readability as well as confirming validity to Bonner's thesis. This book is a valuable life guide, a rich resource for new thinking about philanthropy and how we as individuals can enrich others' lives, and, best of all, it is pure pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... personally have found this book to be a very wonderful way to start the day 9 Jan. 2015
By PyeMama - Published on Amazon.com
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I personally have found this book to be a very wonderful way to start the day. I open it to a random page and it gives me something to think about all day. I have given it as gifts also ... very well received.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book 4 Mar. 2014
By Maggie Buchwald - Published on Amazon.com
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Inspiring Generosity is a truly beautiful book: to read, to give as a gift, to look at and to hold. S0 beautifully produced that the volume becomes a work of art in your hands. And her message is her title: to read this lovely book is to feel inspired to do more with our lives and for others. Every time I pick it up I'm struck with new insights into the mysterious generosity "gene." This book will be on my nightstand for a long time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 2 July 2014
By J. M. Lukin - Published on Amazon.com
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A most stunning and beautifully thoughtful book. I have purchased many copies as gifts for friends and family.
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