We Make a Life by What We Give

Richard B. Gunderman

2008, 197 pages. Published by Indiana University Press, 601 North Morton Street, Bloomington, IN, 47404, (800) 842-6796, www.iupress.indiana.edu

In twenty-one brief essays, Richard B. Gunderman shows us that the key to more rewarding giving can be found by looking beyond mere donations of money. With a more inclusive view of giving that considers the needs and opportunities of donors as well as recipients, he argues that the amount of money changing hands is an inadequate measure of benevolence, and that some of the grandest forms of generosity involve no money at all. Gunderman explores the ethical core of sharing, examining its importance for both those who receive and those who give, and provides a fresh look at what it means to share wealth.