Tuesday, October 13, 2009

“Giving” by Bill Clinton

As we edge closer to the end of the year, transactions tend to dwindle which then leaves us with more time on our hands. I took the opportunity to browse through our library web portal and checked out the title “Giving” by Bill Clinton. Since leaving office, Clinton (as with his predecessors) has devoted his time to writing his memoirs, building and setting up a presidential library and foundation.

“Giving” is a simple read of volunteerism and charity giving. It is peppered with examples from the works of his own foundation as well as that of other American philanthropists and ordinary folks like us. Through this book, Clinton hopes to inspire every one of us to give – and it may not necessary be limited to material gains; time spent volunteering is also counted. A particular point which I would not have necessarily picked up when I think about giving and charity is advocacy – a point highlighted in the final 2 chapters of the book.

It’s been a while since I read a book and a non-fiction for that matter! The past couple of months have been filled with surfing the net, Facebook, Sg Runners, articles, Newsweek etc and I’m actually glad to have checked out this book.

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