We Come to Life with Those We Serve

We Come to Life with Those We Serve

Fulfillment through Philanthropy
Richard Gunderman
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/20/2017
ISBN: 978-0-253-03102-0
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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.

Author Bio

Richard B. Gunderman is Chancellor's Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University. He is the author of We Make a Life by What We Give.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Old Stories and New Life
1. Victor: The Life Devoid of Service
2. Ivan: Death Through Self-Absorption
3. Albert: Service to the Suffering
4. Rebecca: Service to Family
5. Benjamin: Service to Community
6. Alexander: Service through Suffering
7. John: Service through Education
8. Bill: Service through Commerce
9. Ebenezer: The Spirit of Service
10. Vincent: Service through Art
Afterword: The Life of Service