I’ve read quite a few books lately, but I haven’t been writing about them. So get ready for an onslaught of book reviews in the next few days. Ok, maybe just a few.
Since it’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a book, feel free to take a look at my book review disclaimer.
A month or two ago, I started thinking about the upcoming election and started to ask myself some questions. I starting wondering how many people who said they cared about a political party, or an issue, or a cause actually got involved with their time, talent, and resources in that party, issue, or cause. I started doing some research, and all of the research pointed to this book as a fabulous resource.
So I went to my public library and checked out Who Really Cares: America’s Charity Divide Who Gives, Who Doesn’t, and Why it Matters.
This book was not what I expected. I learned a lot about liberals and conservatives and myself, too. It was a total gutcheck about the level of my generosity, and my real passion for causes.
The book looks at research and statistics about volunteerism and charitable giving amongst liberals and conservatives, amongst religious conservatives, religious liberals, non-religious conservatives, and non-religious liberals. The book looks at who gives to what type of charities (and surprisingly, religious conservatives don’t give only or even mostly to faith-based organizations).
This book was a call to generosity and serving for all, regardless of political party.
I was fascinated from cover to cover, as the author (a self-professed lefty) talked about America’s generosity divide, and why it’s critical to the health of our nation that we be a generous people.
Regardless of your political affiliation, pick up this book and give it a read. It might make some sense about people who don’t vote the same as you. It might cause you to rethink your free time and your spending. Proceed with caution.
If you’re interested in my findings from this book and other research, check out this article I wrote for Reject Apathy entitled: Is Voting for a Cause the Same as Caring For the Least of These?