Friday, January 16, 2009

The Giving Myths- review

About the book (from

The American Dream goes like this: “get all you can, save all you can, achieve all you can.” If you do, you'll be happy, healthy and enter your retirement years with peace and tranquility. The only problem with this: it's a myth. The life people really want is found not in getting but giving.

In The Giving Myths, author Dr. Steve McSwain makes a compelling argument that your highest purpose in life is to give yourself away and generously share your abundance with the world. Any other way to self-actualization and personal fulfillment is a dead-end. Contrary to popular culture, the life you've always wanted isn't found in career choice, personal achievements, or even the amount of money you may amass in a lifetime. Instead, it's found in one of the simplest, yet most challenging, principles ever given by the greatest teacher who ever lived. Miss getting and living by this principle and you'll miss getting the life you've always wanted.

Stephen B. McSwain is Vice President of Cargill Associates, Inc., an industry leader in philanthropy and fundraising with more than 30-years of service, thousands of clients, and billions raised for charitable causes. As an expert in the fields of church growth, church health, philanthropy and annual and capital fundraising, Dr. McSwain has consulted in the last decade with hundreds of Catholic, Evangelical, and Protestant churches nationwide. Each year, he speaks to thousands across the country on the subject of this book— giving, then getting the life you’ve always wanted. He has an earned doctorate and he and his family make their home in Louisville, Kentucky.


McSwain tackles an important issue in this book and one that many people just don't want to talk about. I found The Giving Myths to be well written with a very important message. This is an excellent book. I found McSwain to be a refreshing voice and would definitely recommend it to anyone wondering what the point of giving is!

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