Being Generous

Being Generous

The Dalai Lama

“If you want others to be happy, practice generosity and compassion. If you want to be happy, practice generosity and compassion. This book will help you accomplish both.” (requested) Tibet House NYC

Prahbu Guptara, author of The Hindu World

“Gandhi, Jesus, King – in fact all of the greatest leaders in human history – lived and communicated the view that generosity can help us to discover life’s true riches. Dr. Malloch authoritatively guides us on a wonderful journey of discovery through areas we may initially think are foreign, but which we recognize with a sudden shock are actually our long forgotten home.” Prahbu Guptara

Professor Abdul Aziz Said, Chair Islamic Peace, School of International Service, American University

“We discover peace through (and in) the realization that the whole of existence is reflected in the parts, and from the parts comes the ever-greater whole. What Ted Malloch has done with the understanding of “gift” rooted in human generosity is help us discover that the whole world needs the whole world.”

His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago

” At its best, generosity is a preparation for love and a sign of love’s influence in one’s life. In his extensive reflection on generosity, Dr. Malloch encourages the reader to recognize that what has been received from God is to be shared generously with others.” 312-534-8200 his asst

Wing Tu Mei, Professor of Confucian Thought, Harvard University

“In a world where information is confused with data, data with knowledge, and knowledge with wisdom, the voice of wisdom is rarely heard and the practice of putting wisdom into action is rarely observed. Ted Malloch’s observation of generous acts by people with sympathy and compassion is a precious account of the human spirit in a time when materialism, commercialism, and egoism feature prominently in the global community. It is a book of pure wisdom.”

Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, Stony Brook University

“Theodore Malloch is among the most creative minds of his generation when it comes to enhancing our insights into the role of virtues in economic success both at the individual and the systemic levels. Without the “hardy” virtues such as courage and perseverance, and without the “compassionate” virtues from kindness to forgiveness, there is really no way to function optimally, and in the end, we fail. Virtue indeed is its own reward, and yet it also tends to create wealth, health, and happiness, and this is pure gain. Malloch does a beautiful job of weaving together theory and narrative, exhortation and science on generosity. Bravo! “

Todd Harper, Executive Vice President, Generous Giving

“We need to see ourselves, first and foremost, as receivers—grateful, joyful recipients of Christ’s grace—and only secondly as givers. I know this book can serve you on your journey of generosity. Read it and become a generous giver.”

Oprah Winfrey “O” thru Rich

“This book is a true gift. It can bring the whole world together in acts of generosity.”

Bill Enright, CEO, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University

“Wise people take time to think. In this book Theodore Malloch invites us to listen in as he reflects publicly on generosity as both a religious virtue and a philanthropic practice. In his musings he explores the religious underpinnings of generosity as exemplified in the worlds great religious traditions. The upshot is a book captivating and informative in its perusal of history, theology, economics, sociology and philanthropic practice. His global perspective on giving also rescues the word generosity from the banality which currently threatens its frequent usage in philanthropic circles. Malloch concludes with a series of inspirational journalistic snapshots of people who actually model the art of giving and living generously.”

Paul Schervish, Director, Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, Boston College

“Increasing numbers of individuals are approaching, achieving, or even exceeding their financial goals at younger and younger ages. A level of affluence that had been rare has come to characterize large groups and even whole cultures. In the context of an ongoing intergenerational transfer of wealth, the demographic and spiritual trends that are motivating wealth holders to allocate an ever-greater portion of their financial resources to charity is demonstrable. This insightful book highlights more than a trend. It explores the inner life animating the current wave of generosity, tracing the flow of grace from soul to community to world.”

Richard Mouw, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary

“We need this book. Not only does Ted Malloch hold up for us wonderful past models of generosity- -he also shows us how a generous spirit is crucial for
human flourishing.” Rich Mouw rjmouw@FULLER.EDU

Dennis Whittle, CEO, GlobalGiving

“Why give? Regardless of what religion or philosophy you practice, this book will help you find your own answer to that question. Ted Malloch’s own journey from ‘keeper’ to ‘giver’ will inspire you no matter what faith you practice or what philosophy guides your life.”

Brian Gallagher, President & CEO, United Way

“In ‘being Generous’ Theodore Roosevelt Malloch offers a valuable look at the history, intent and spirit of giving, and he advances a powerful idea: Giving is not only natural, but also a fundamental part of moral health. Malloch contributes generously to the pursuit of a civil society. This book is a rewarding read for those who invest themselves in advancing the common good.”

Israel Gaither, National Commander, The Salvation Army

“The Salvation Army’s partnership with both private and public philanthropy continue to bring comfort to the needy, while the proclamation of God’s redemptive love offers individuals and communities the opportunity to enjoy a better life on earth and a place in Christ’s everlasting Kingdom. being Generous articulates the American relationship to charitable giving in a most powerful way.” Thru member of the board

Joseph Johnston, Jr. Retired Partner and Chief of Litigation, Drinker, Biddle Reath LLP,

“ This book is a fascinating and historic work. Ted Malloch develops with great sensibility and clarity the spiritual, psychological, and social roots of generosity. This argument is both compelling and inspiring. It simply put, will make you a better person.” Joe Johnston

Pere Nicolas Buttet, Moderator and Spiritual Director, Fraternite Eucharistein, Switzerland

“In reading and then practicing this book you will understand what generous virtue is — justice and fair dealing — as it leads to true happiness. I pray that the Lord will look kindly on this great gift, presented by His faithful servant.”

Dr. J. Stanley Matson, Founder & President, C.S. Lewis Foundation

“In this age of rampant consumerism, fueled by unprecedented prosperity and a prevailing social climate that all too often exalts the self above the common good, Dr. Malloch unashamedly offers the reader a highly engaging and informed invitation to share in the joys of a lifetime characterized by intentional and generous giving. In so doing, he has himself tendered his readers nothing less than a most generous gift, one that becomes increasingly evident in the reading.”

“Malloch is absolutely right that generosity is a critical virtue for human flourishing. Without it the mediating structures that make possible our lives would be next to impossible. Faith-based contributions to civil society are indeed rooted in what he forcefully describes and here advocates!” Jay Hein, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

“We must give as God gives. But joyful generosity infuses that message with a cheerful challenge to view every part of one’s life as something to be received gracefully from God and shared generously with others. This book is a way to start down that path.”— Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., archbishop of Chicago

“In a world where information is confused with data, data with knowledge, and knowledge with wisdom, the voice of wisdom is rarely heard and the practice of putting wisdom into action is rarely observed. Ted Malloch’s observation of generous acts by people with sympathy and compassion is a precious account of the human spirit in a time when materialism, commercialism, and egoism feature prominently in the global community. It is a book of pure wisdom.”— Tu Weiming, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and of Confucian Studies, Harvard University

From the Inside Flap

Through the ages, the world’s cultures and great religions have in profound, though different, ways sought to answer the big question: How should we live? Part of the answer has to do with how we ought to treat others, particularly those who are most in need. Ample evidence suggests that giving selflessly to others lies at the heart of what it means to be a thoughtful and moral human being. In Being Generous, author Theodore Roosevelt Malloch leads an exploration of this important concept of generous giving.

Weaving together narrative, history, social theory, biography, scientific research, and practical guidance, Being Generous offers readers unique insights into what it means to live a truly generous life.

Includes Profiles of the Following Exemplars of Generosity:

The Pew Family
Calouste Gulbenkian
Wafic Rida Saïd
Li Ka-shing
The Maclellan Family
Sebastian Spering Kresge
George Cadbury
William Wilberforce
Johann Sebastian Bach
Felix Mendelssohn
J. C. Penney
John Walton
Henry Ford
Eli Lilly
Jeffrey Skoll
John Templeton
John D. Rockefeller
Gary Ginter
Andrew Carnegie
Joan Kroc
Mother Teresa
Bill and Melinda Gates
Warren Buffett
Oprah Winfrey
Michael Bloomberg
Arthur Blank