There’s nothing quite like opening a new book. It’s a simple pleasure in life and one of my favorite things to do. Recently I’ve read one book in particular that has totally transformed my daily decisions. I’d like to share it and give you the opportunity to experience it as well.
The Life You Can Save:
How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty
by Peter Singer
As soon as I read the first page, where Dr. Singer urges the new book owner to ‘Keep this book working for the poor. Pass it on to someone else,’ I knew it would be a shaker in my life. That’s the mark of a truly selfless author and businessman, who seeks not primarily profit, but pure goodness to come from his work.
Although this blog focuses a lot on the environment, health and saving money, helping and being kind to others is a key emphasis throughout. Like many, I sometimes need a little reminder of its importance, and giving this book away is a great way to kick off this change.
Peter Singer has been dubbed ‘the most influential living philosopher’ and one of the ’100 most influential people in the world.’ He will challenge your current moral code. Period. He will make you uncomfortable. But in only the best ways.
He’ll leave you thirsting for a world free of poverty, while understanding and believing it begins with you. Peter Singer goes beyond convincing readers of the need to eliminate poverty—he even spells out tangible, necessary steps to get there.
Some of my favorite sections from the book include:
Finding charities that really make a difference
Creating a culture of giving (through both family and work)
What it really costs to save a life (not what you may think at first)
Although the book is full of startling statistics, key current poverty facts, and what-would-you-do scenarios, my favorite aspect is it gives you immediate steps of action. You won’t put this book down the same as when you picked it up. And I want to share it with you!
To enter the giveaway, simply comment on this post with one good deed you hope to complete in the next month. I will choose the winner at random in a drawing next Monday, January 21 (Happy MLK Jr. Day!).
In the meantime, here are a few ideas to spark some do-gooding:
1. Make it a point to volunteer once a month.
2. For one month, deny yourself of just one thing: buying drinks. Every time you are tempted, take the money you’d spend on the drink and donate it. Tap water is free!
3. If you can, attempt to donate at least 10% of your income to reputable charities.
4. Know where your products come from and try to buy through fair-trade initiatives.