We Come to Life with Those We Serve

Fulfillment through Philanthropy

by Richard B. Gunderman

Published by: Indiana University Press

128 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253031013
  • Published: October 2017


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253029676
  • Published: October 2017


What is the most meaningful and rewarding path in life? Many assume we enrich ourselves only by accumulating more wealth, power, and fame, or by finding new and greater forms of pleasure. In reality, we are most enriched not in taking from others but in sharing the best we have to offer through a life of service. The legendary, real-life individuals and the famous literary characters in this inspiring book show us the way: Vincent Van Gogh exemplified service through art, Benjamin Franklin dedicated his life to service of community, and the career of coach John Wooden is apt testimony to the rewards of service through education. Gunderman persuasively argues that, far from draining away our vitality, service at its best actually brings us to life.