The Cathedral Within
Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back
By Bill Shore

Bill Shore is the founder of Share Our Strength (SOS), an organization concerned with alleviating children's hunger and poverty. His book is aimed at people who want to improve both themselves and their communities, and he provides an excellent directory of community organizations to help us get started.

The author shares inspiring stories of ordinary people who have joined with others to give of their creativity, time and money to create extraordinary results.

The Cathedral Within is especially for businesspeople and activists who appreciate the power of collaborating for the common good, even when the result of their work is not realized till after their lifetime --like building a cathedral.

Paperback, 320 pages; $12.95; Random House.

 

Inspired Philanthropy
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan, 2nd Edition
By Tracy Gary and Melissa Kohner

"Give to a good cause" is a common phrase, yet our giving is often limited to the effects rather than causes of distress in our communities and our world. Gary and Kohner help us to become proactive rather than reactive about our giving; to direct our money, time and energy to the causes of strife that can make a difference in the long run, and for which we have a personal passion. They direct the reader to go beyond what they call "obligatory giving" to "inspired giving."

Inspired Philanthropy educates us about giving so we will feel more fulfilled in knowing that our gifts truly make a difference.

Paperback, 208 pages, $24.95; Jossey-Bass.

The Giving Tree
By Shel Silverstein

A classic read-to-your-children book, The Giving Tree provides a great way to explore with your family the meaning of both unconditional giving and unending taking. The Giving Tree is the simple story of a boy who asks his favorite tree to give him more and more, until all that's left is a stump for the boy--now turned old man--to sit upon. Simple, profound, thought-provoking and memorable at any age.

Hardback, 64 pages; $15.99; Harpercollins.