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The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose by Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson

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In this fascinating book based on the research findings of the Science of Generosity Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, authors Smith and Davidson make a case for the paradoxical nature of generosity—“In offering our time, money, and energy in service of others’ well-being, we enhance our own well-being as well.”

They assert that, though religious and philosophical teachers have promoted this truth throughout history, their study establishes it as “a sociological fact.” Written for both a general audience and academics, this detailed book, replete with graphs and interesting case histories, supports the truth of Proverbs 11:25: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” (Oxford University Press)

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