Item description for Deliberate Acts of Kindness: Service as a Spiritual Practice by Meredith Gould...
Overview Assessing the significance of service as an expression of one's personal spirituality and commitment to a greater power, the author of Staying Sober explains how to find the right type of volunteer work to suit one's individual personality and needs and offers tips on how to become involved, how to cope with problems, and more. Original.
Publishers Description An indispensable guide to the spiritual and the practical aspects of devoting one's time and energies to the service of others. "Deliberate Acts of Kindness "is for people who are ready to supplement"random acts of kindness" with intentional acts of generosity, decency, and integrity. More than simply a handbook for volunteers, it explores the significance of service as an expression of spirituality and the commitment to something greater than oneself. Meredith Gould guides readers through their journeys, from recognizing when they are ready to answer the call to service to finding the right place to donate their time and talents. She offers invaluable advice on discovering the types of work that best suit their personalities and the areas in which they can make the greatest contributions. There is helpful information on how to get involved, as well as sensible suggestions about what to do when things go wrong in a service situation. An easy-to-read mix of tips, quotations, reflections, and short narrative passages, "Deliberate Acts of Kindness "presents a comprehensive, honest look at what service is like on a day-to-day basis. Its insights will help new volunteers and veterans alike negotiate the practical difficulties that sometimes arise and achieve the spiritual maturity that comes from answering the call to service.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2002
ISBN 0385502435 ISBN13 9780385502436
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More About Meredith Gould
Meredith Gould, Ph.D., is the author of four books, including Deliberate Acts ofKindness: Service as a Spiritual Practice. A convert to Catholicism, she brings a fresh appreciation of age-old customs and provides a framework for understanding the symbols and celebrations of her chosen faith. Dr. Gould lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and welcomes reader comments on her website, www.meredithgould.com.
Meredith Gould currently resides in Princeton, in the state of New Jersey. Meredith Gould was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about Deliberate Acts of Kindness: Service as a Spiritual Practice?
Answering the Call Jan 31, 2002
A thoughtful, *funny* look at service as a spiritual practice! How many authors would write about being "tenderized" after a total meltdown of mind, body and spirit? Or gently remind you to listen for the "call waiting" of service? No pious prose here. But lots of gentle, tender, thoughtful help along your own way-- from recognizing the beep from your higher self to making sure that service stays within healthy boundaries to tips to fight burnout. A great book for anyone exploring commitment or already involved with a cause.
What the World Needs Now Jan 30, 2002
WONDERFUL!! The world needs this now more than ever! Good stuff about boundaries, and levels of service, and how it figures in religious traditions, as well as how to figure out whether the alleged call is of the heart or of the mind.
Reading this has helped me sort out intriguing doubts and questions I've been having about some of the service I've seemed called to lately. I got both clarity and affirmation from this wise guidance that I'll not only use myself, but to help coach clients.
What's more, the material is beautifully organized, and expressed with the delightful, tongue-in-cheek irreverent and eminently readable wisdom that is Gould's trademark as a writer.
Hey! I'm the author... Jan 30, 2002
And there's some stuff I want you to know about me and my book.
First, if you know anything about book publishing, you know that it's like elephant gestation. IOW, it normally takes at least two years before a book *idea* makes it into print. I'm telling you this because I happen to think it is very cosmically weird that I proposed this book *way* before the horrific events of 9/11/01.
This leads neatly to my next point: I'm a sociologist by education and training,which certainly led me to suspect that service would be the Next Big Important Thing after decades of unrelenting "Me" focus. Especially among aging Baby Boomers like moi.
As for identifying service as a spiritual practice, I credit years of traipsing the path to spirit and...well...I explain more in the "Foreword."
I hope you enjoy reading my book and that it inspires you to get involved in--or deepen your existing--service to others.
"Finding My Place According to Meredith Gould" Jan 28, 2002
From the tzedakah of Judaism to St. Benedict to Buddhism's dana and Hinduism's seva, Meredith Gould highlights the significance of good works in all spiritual/religious traditions.
This is a very nifty--and practical--book! She holds our hands as she guides us along the journey of doing good--the upside and what she calls the "shadow side of service." She teaches us when and how to say yes or no, how to manage volunteer assigments, and even how to recognize burnout and what to do about it.
She writes with great and gentle humor, warning newcomers to community work of booby traps they may trip over while on the path to kindness and self-fulfillment.
This is a tips book for people who seek to aid their communities in any way they can and for people, already active volunteers, who wish to probe further into what they and their organizations can accomplish.