Author: Louis M. Savary with Patricia H. Berne
Release Date: 2013-01-10
Everyone wants their life to have meaning and purpose. Everyone wants to feel they are valuable and important. Everyone, deep down, wants to make a positive difference. God put those powerful desires into our genes and those longings in our hearts. At your birth, you were designed and destined to be an instrument of God’s work in the world. As a living gift from God, you were born to make a positive contribution. No matter who you happen to be—rich or poor, healthy or ill, employed or free, talented or ordinary—you can make a positive difference. Millions do it every day. You Are God’s Gift to the World shows you how you can make a contribution simply by starting each day with the intention of living in an attitude of gratitude—grateful to God for the gift of life, for being a gift to the world and beloved of God. In this grateful and grace-filled attitude—as you acknowledge that you are God’s gift—you spontaneously discover, again and again, things you can do to make the world a better place—in your family, at your workplace, in your neighborhood and beyond. Learn who you are truly called to be and discover ways you can make it happen.
The complexities and beauty of life are not always captured easily by simple expressions and constructs. Sometimes the only way to express the endless facet of life is through the creative and lovely use of poetry. My Gift to the World and Other Poems are simply that: a gift. Enjoy author Monica Servin's unique use of words and language to explore a poetic vantage point that any lover of poetry must have. Monica's poems reflect her thoughts and emotions in a way that everyone understands. Monica has always been one to notice the unnoticed and find the beauty in what is everyday ordinary. -Eddie Corwin Monica Servin has been writing poetry since childhood and is excited to share her passion with the rest of the world. She currently resides in California.
"The Nicholas Effect" is the story of the shooting of seven-year-old Nicholas Green. It tells how the Greens' decision to donate their son's organs saved the lives of five Italians and restored the sight of two others. It covers the murder trial, the making of "Nicholas' Gift," the Jamie Lee Curtis made-for-tv movie, the bell sent by Pope John Paul II to the Greens for their memorial tower and their unceasing campaign to bring attention to the tens of thousands of deaths caused every year by the worldwide shortage of donated organs. Running through it, like a thread, is the hearbreaking journey of Nicholas' parents and little sister to make something good come out of a senseless act of violence.
Airreia uniquely combines research, statistics, personal experiences, interviews of individuals, poetry, and scriptures to emphasize the importance of preserving virginity in a sex-saturated society. These are the strategies that Airreia used to help her find deliverance from premarital sex and experience restoration of purity through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
I knew that there were forces that were trying to kill me. John later returned to the jobsite with a sawed off shotgun. I had seen him running with the gun, but he hadn't seen me yet. It was God himself said, 'stop'. John did stop dead in his tracks. I was desperately searching for a solution to my problems. I started attending church. It was a normal service, but I felt everything except normal. During the service, Bishop Jakes called me out of this huge audience. I was scared. I pointed at myself like " Who? Me?" But I proceeded to the altar. Bishop Jakes laid his big hands on my head and prayed for me. The devil was not impressed. The devil knew his time was limited, so he took advantage of all my weaknesses and he did it at rapid pace. I believe we're all struggling in some area in our lives. Some of us are trying to stay on the path to righteousness. Allow me to be your gift coach. The size of your enemy could be the size of your reward. Your problems could be your promotion. If you give them to God. Get on board and I will take you on a ride that will lead you into discovering how to use the gifts God has given you to fulfill your destiny in Christ. Because a gift unopened is worthless and a gift is not a gift until you give it away.
Author: Carrie Morgridge
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
Release Date: 2015-05-05
Genre: Social Science
Charitable giving is on the rise in America. Despite the lingering effects of the economic downturn, Americans continue to give generously of their time, talent, and money – more than $335 billion in 2013, a 4.4% increase from 2011. What’s more, the bulk of that charitable giving – 72% – came not from large foundations or corporations, but from individuals making small gifts. For those with passion for a cause and a generous spirit, it’s vitally important that they leverage their gift in the right way in order to have the greatest impact possible. In her first book EVERY GIFT MATTERS (Greenleaf; May 2015), Carrie Morgridge shares inspiring stories of powerful gifts in action showing readers how to turn the act of giving into a vehicle for positive change. Drawing on 15 years of experience supporting causes that align with her passions through gifts, Morgridge demonstrates how a smart strategy, high expectations, a deep network, and hands-on personal involvement will ensure that one’s gift is compounded over time to have the biggest impact possible. “Each person and every gift can make a difference,” writes Morgridge. “Whoever you are, no matter how much or how little you have, your gift matters. The smallest, seemingly unimportant, donation can transform a life. And the best news is that giving transforms two lives: the one who receives and the one who gives.” Through her role as Vice President of The Morgridge Family Foundation, Morgridge has learned what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to giving. She argues that in order to ensure meaningful and lasting change, a gift must be more than simply a grant of money. The giver must assess whether the program is the right fit, work hand-in-hand with the key leaders on strategy, develop a plan for making the endeavor sustainable, and ensure that their gift can be leveraged to have a bigger impact on the community. By sharing real-life stories of how this hands-on approach to giving has transformed lives – including her own – Morgridge inspires others to believe that they can also make a difference in their community, no matter the size of their gift.
Author: Jacques T. Godbout
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Release Date: 1998-10-21
Genre: Social Science
The anthropologist Marcel Mauss, in his famous exploration of the gift in "primitive" and archaic societies, showed that the essential aspect of the exchange of presents involved the establishment of a social tie that bound the parties together above and beyond any material value of the objects exchanged. He argued that these intangible mutual "debts" constituted the social fabric. Godbout and Caillé show that, contrary to the modern assumption that societies function on the basis of market exchange and the pursuit of self-interest, the gift still constitutes the foundation of our social fabric. The authors describe the gift not as an object but as a social connection, perhaps the most important social connection because it creates a sense of obligation to respond in kind. They examine the gift in a broad range of cases such as blood and organ donation; volunteer work; the bonds between friends, couples, and family; Santa Claus; the interaction between performers and their audience; and the relation of the artist to society. Written in an engaging manner, The World of the Gift will appeal to anyone who is interested in how the world really operates.
The Gift brilliantly argues for the importance of creativity in our increasingly money-driven society. Reaching deep into literature, anthropology and psychology Lewis Hyde's modern masterpiece has at its heart the simple and important idea that a 'gift' can inspire and change our lives.
Author: Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain
Publisher: Diane K Chamberlain
Release Date: 2010-08-05
Do your problems make you feel alone in this world? Come and find words of comfort and hope; that will sustain you, until the storm in your life passes by. "You Are Not Alone in a Lonely World," is the author’s first published work and the words within this book are truly inspired by God. Just as each word brought the author through some difficult times; you too can find hope within these pages. "You Are Not Alone in a Lonely World" is a great inspirational book, filled with thoughts and writings that will help to soothe the hurting soul. Included within these pages are words that were given from God's heart to the author; after facing many difficult years of pain and heartache. These words have given her sustainment through the many trials she has faced and now it is her desire to share them with you…the reader. The words will inspire you to press on, even during the moments, when you feel defeated. Our circumstances may cause us to feel alone in this world but the God inspired wisdom that comes through these pages, will help you to see that you are never alone.
"Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed." - Matthew 8:8 When we, or a family member or friend, are faced with an injury or illness, physical or emotional, our thoughts turn to God in prayer for healing. We want to believe, as the Centurion did, that God will grant healing, but we wonder. And if we as Catholics have doubts, what does this mean to a hurting world, also in need of healing? In her new book Healing: Bringing God's Gift of Mercy to the World, Mary Healy answers to these questions and more -- Is Jesus still healing people today? Are these healings real and do they last? How do we know if God wants us to pray for healing? Isn't God asking us to endure suffering and hardships instead of asking for healing? How can we pray for healing? Can my broken heart be healed as well as my body? Through the study of Catholic tradition, the lives of the saints, and ordinary people, you'll begin to understand how the message of inward healing is also a message that we as Catholics are empowered to take outward to the world.
Author: Gene Lees
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Release Date: 2004
You Can?t Steal a Gift is about the impact of American racism on America?s greatest gift to the world of music?jazz. In a work that combines memoir, oral history, and commentary, Gene Lees has crafted minibiographies of four great black musicians whom he knew well?Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, and Nat ?King? Cole. Lees writes of them, ?All are men who had every reason to embrace bitterness . . . and didn?t.? When Lees left Montreal to become the music and drama critic of the Louisville Times in 1955, he was shocked by the racism and segregation he found in the United States. In jazz he found a community of like-minded souls who freely shared their gifts with all lovers of music, regardless of race and condition.
Written under the unction of the Holy Spirit, this book is His very own personal dialogue with the daughters of Zion. As you read, it will encourage and enlighten you to be all that you were created to be as a woman of God. You will only be left with peace and serenity, having found your true purpose in Christ Jesus.