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Posted on August 13th, 2008 by DreamBank

I just started reading Bill Clinton’s book “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World” and I’m really excited about it. I very much believe in the message and values about giving and donation that Clinton espouses within and it’s loaded with many terrific examples.

Clinton stresses that those who have financial means should donate but also looks at those who are not wealthy and have contributed impressively. He also discuss the micro-lending institution Kiva which is doing phenomenal work, allowing people to loan money to entrepreneurs in the developing world.

I’m finding the book truly inspirational, as have others. In fact, one of the reasons I began reading the book is because I kept nodding my head when reading about it. For instance:

“Clinton states there are many ways to give other than monetary. One can give time, items, skills, forgiveness, and new beginnings to make the world a better place for all.”

And I couldn’t wait to hear more about the possibilities:

“Clinton offers readers any number of ways they can get involved in helping their communities and the world, from tutoring kids to donating clothing to making consumer choices that are eco-friendly.”

Some of the reviews state that the book isn’t perfect – that it doesn’t always flow and all too often focuses on high-profile wealthy contributors. However, I think the central message is so crucial that these elements can easily be overlooked.

Consider this excerpt:

“In the U.S. partner schools, Mark and Sheri try to give students an appreciation for what life is like for their counterparts in Zimbabwe. American kids learn that the kids in their partner school often get up at 5 a.m. to walk several miles to school, may well have nothing to eat, and may have lost one or both parents to AIDS. …The American children are empowered to take action—collecting donations and writing letters to the Zimbabwean students.”

Anything that contains this kind of fabulous example is absolutely worth reading – and being inspired by.

How about you: have you read anything inspiring lately?

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