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Beyond Self, Living with Purpose

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Agard, Kathy. Learning To Give: An Action for the Heart, A Project for the Mind.
The Council of Michigan Foundations and leaders in education, volunteerism, and nonprofit leadership gather information that will educate young people to participate in civil society. The site includes lesson plans and activities for elementary and secondary schoolteachers, and an interactive timeline that chronicles dates to philanthropy in U.S. History.

Brehony, Kathleen A. Ordinary Grace: An Examination of the Roots of Compassion, Altruism, and Empathy, and the Ordinary Individuals Who Help Others in Extraordinary Ways.
BF637 .H4 B74 1999
This is a book that inspires by telling the stories of ordinary people who do good deeds, as opposed to the stories we hear on the evening news. The last chapter summarizes 13 strategies that will help us understand our purpose in life: #1 is "Wake Up," and #8 is "Put Belief into Action."

Carroll, Lenedra J. The Architecture of all Abundance: Creating a Successful Life in the Material World. 
BL624 .C348 2001
A memoir by Jewel's mother, who has experienced illness and business failure, but has overcome failure to discover success in business follows from her philosophy of life. In Chapters 13 and 14 she tells of her involvement in two charities, A Higher Ground for Humanity and The Clearwater Project.

Clinton, Hillary Rodham. It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us. 
HQ 792 .U5 C57 1996
Clinton writes of her own experiences growing up, and as a mother. She writes of what she has observed from trips around the world and from the many people she has met to conclude that a better world demands that we work together to improve conditions for all of our children.

Dewine, Mike. "The Aid Epidemic: Humanitarian Responsibility." Vital Speeches of the Day 70.8 (2004): 234-237. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Otterbein University Library. <search.ebscohost.com>.
Mike Dewine, Ohio's senator, spoke the Catholic Medical Mission Board & the Global Health Council, Faith, Action & Partnerships: Confronting Global HIV/AIDS in New York City on November 17, 2003. He speaks of what he has learned as he visited other countries and mentions Paul Farmer and Haiti in particular. He mentions a bipartisan amendment he sponsored to fund the global fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and cautions us that all people are obligated to help with the AIDS epidemic. 

Dicklitch, Susan. "Real Service = Real Learning: Making Political Science Relevant Through Service-Learning" PS: Political Science and Politics (Oct. 2003): 773-776. Electronic Journal Collection. OhioLINK. Otterbein University Library. http://journals.ohiolink.edu>.
A discussion of how to make theory more real in the lives of students.

Edelman, Marian Wright. The Measure of our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours.
HQ 769 .E355 1992
A mother writes and speaks to her own children with a list "Twenty-Five Lessons for Life" that tells all readers that "every one of us has a stake in our national transformation away from selfish lives and toward commitment to others.

Fearn, Miriam Lee. "Service Learning in Geography: Fertile Ground for Student Involvement in Local Environmental Problems." Journal of University Science Teaching 30.7 (2001): 470-473. 
Introduces a geography course that uses a service learning approach to study the Dog River Watershed in Alabama. (YDS)

Fiffer, Steve and Sharon Sloan Fiffer. 50 Ways to Help Your Community: A Handbook for Change. 
HV91 .F5 1994
A very practical book of stories of 50 people who have simple things to make a better world, or, as the book's introduction states, it is "a book about selfless help."

Gorelick, Risa P. "Service-Learning's Flaw: What's Community Got To Do With It?" (2002): ERIC. EBSCO. Otterbein University Library. <search.ebscohost.com>.
Reports on a case study of nine first-year college women and their professor involved a "writing 'about' the community" service-learning composition course with some conclusions of Parker Palmer's community models.

Inchausti, Robert. The Ignorant Perfection of Ordinary People.
EBOOK
Six visionary leaders of the 20th century are profiled, and Inchausti attributes their activism to their spiritual longings in a post-modernist, philosophical book.

Johnson, Brett. "Overcoming "Doom and Gloom": Empowering Students in Courses on Social Problems, Injustice, and Inequality." Teaching Sociology 33. (2005): 44-58. 
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Written by one of the authors of the Better World Handbook, it offers suggestions that will empower students to create social change.

Jones, Ellis, et al. al. The Better World Handbook: From Good Intentions to Everyday Actions. 
HM831 .J664 2001
A book of suggestions for living a better life within the global community. Some will help you get involved in organizations, others concern individual everyday choices that anyone can make. The authors contend that you don't have to be a saint to take meaningful action. Listen to them at http://www.betterworldhandbook.com/authors.html

Lappé, Frances Moore and Paul Martin Du Bois. The Quickening of America: Rebuilding our Nation, Remaking our Lives. 
JK1764 .L36 1994
A book with many tips and challenges to its readers that offers reflective exercises, and debunks myths that may limit us, at least in our self concepts of what we might be able to do. "Quickening" refers to new life, that will change our concept of democracy to "what we do with excitement and satisfaction." Chapter 12 concerns "Embracing the Democratic Self."

Loeb, Paul Rogat. Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time. 
HN 65 .L58 1999
To live with hope, Loeb believes, is to be socially involved, and that society's large problems can be solved through common efforts, and there are many stories of individuals, whose actions have made a difference.

McGuckin, Frank, ed. Volunteerism. 
HN 79 .V63 V65 1998
Reprints of news articles about a great many types of volunteerism (government, private and church-based) such as: "The Millennium Project: Fifty Ways to Make a Difference" from the Ladies' Home Journal, "and "The Function of Hope" from Leading without Power and seven essays within Part IV that consider "Rewards of Volunteerism."

Palmer, Parker J. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. 
BV4740 .035 2000
Palmer collected six of his essays in this book that reflects on our need to understand and grow into our own selfhood before we can understand our vocation or purpose in life. When we are true to ourselves, then we can participate in service to others.

The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. Programs. 
A list of national volunteer organizations consisting of business people, national and international programs, faith-based groups and more.

Purdy, Jedediah. For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today. 
HN 65 .P87 2000
Purdy looks at our world, and reasons that "a good deal of what we value most,... is necessarily common." It is our hope that will compel us to action and a commitment to preserve what we value and love.

Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. 
HN65 .P878 2000
Chapter 7, "Altruism, Volunteering, and Philanthropy" documents the declining trend in volunteering in the last few decades. Today's millennials appear to be willing to engage in civic activities, as did their grandparents' generation.

Reagan, Brad. "Details, Details." American Journalism Review 22.1 (2000): 51-55. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Otterbein University Library. <search.ebscohost.com>.
Discusses literary journalism and the need for meticulous reporting and examines the work ethic of journalists. 

Sachs, Jeffrey D. The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for our Time. 
HC 59.72 .P6 S225 2005
The author is the Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and an Advisor to Kofi Annan concerning the Millennium Development Goals. His introduction states "more than eight million people around the world die each year because they are too poor to stay alive. Our generation can choose to end that extreme poverty by the year 2025." The book is rich in details, and the final chapter is "Our Generation's Challenge."

Sanders, Scott Russell. "Fidelity." Hunting for Hope. 79-95. 
PS3569 .A5137 H86 1998
In this essay, Sanders broadens the concept of fidelity as necessary for leading a centered life - "one must keep faith not only with a vocation, a mission, a person, or a place, but also with a moral ground that sanctions and upholds these loyalties.

Schorr, Lisbeth B. Common Purpose: Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods to Rebuild America. HV91 .S2945 1997
Schorr investigates the qualities of successful social programs. Urgent problems such as poverty and crime are not being solved by government agencies alone. She believes everyone can participate to bring about change in an individual way, but also through our ability to join together in a common purpose.

Spink, Kathryn. The Miracle of Love: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Her Missionaries of Charity, and Her Co-Workers. 
BX4406 .5 .Z8 S64
Pictures and text describe Mother Teresa's life and philosophy based on love and service to the poor. She requested her co-workers to identify the need, and that demands selfless sensitivity, to learn to know if a person needs to feel useful, or to be listened to, in addition to their physical needs.
Terkel, Studs. Hope Dies Last: Keeping Faith in Difficult Times. BD216 .T47 2003
Interviews with Americans who are "inheritors of the legacy" of "thinking citizens." Hope is found in the lives of many people who actively work for change.

Warren, Richard. The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I here for? BV4501.3 .W37 2002
Rick Warren founded the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and has devised a plan, based on scripture, with readings for 40 days, that will provide guidance for Christian living based on God's purpose, not contemporary cultural values.

Zimmerman, Richard. What Can I Do to Make a Difference? A Positive Action Sourcebook. 
HC79 .E5 Z55 1991
The first section presents practical tips for getting involved by writing letters, volunteering, socially responsible shopping and other tips. The next chapters focus on environmental, animal rights, human welfare, human rights, health and peace issues with brief facts, and organizations to contact.