It is hard to make individual philanthropy, a sacrificial virtue mandated by the major world religions, sound enticing, inspirational and even occasionally pleasurablebut this book often succeeds in doing just that. Generosity can give you joy, asserts Wright, a researcher on faith and family at Indiana University. In this refreshingly candid volume on the transformative power of sharing ones material, emotional and spiritual wealth, the author ponders the theological, psychological and social significance of giving. It is many things, she says: worship, stewardship, discipline and an act of redemption, charity and justice. Less a scholarly tome than a practical treatise, Wrights book offers multiple resources, including worksheets, exercises, quotations from some of the worlds faith traditions and a bibliography. Readers of all faiths, or none, will find many useful suggestions for incorporating giving into their lives. The writers willingness to share specific examples of change from her own life is both helpful and provocative, underlining her assertion that giving offers the potential to change not only the individual but ultimately the world. (Sept.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.