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By D. Susan Wisely,Robert Wood Lynn

As americans, we adore to work out ourselves as a "giving" peple, keen to aid spiritual and secular efforts via our contributions of money and time. yet for all its acceptance, what does this framing thought of stewardship suggest for our giving? How did we come to depend so completely in this suggestion? What do we notice via a glance again to its origins? Can a fuller knowing of stewardship instructed us to clean pondering our personal giving? this can be a story of the yank Protestant look for cash and that means in giving, drawing on old texts to inform a narrative that has been principally hidden from view. the tale is informed throughout the writingss of key figures-pastors, lay leaders, thinkers, novelists, fundraisers-spanning American existence for the previous centuries. via introductory essays, Robert W. Lynn, a revered historian of giving traditions in Protestantism, units those voices of their broader social context. it is a tale particular to Protestant congregations, but correct to many different American enterprises in addition. it truly is peculiarly the tale of a good strain to elevate funds-an "amazing pressure," within the apt description of 1 nineteenth century church chief, Jeremiah Evarts-and of the struggles of Evarts and others to reconcile their fundraising with their religion via differing visions of giving. The authors wish that hearing those lesser recognized yet compelling voices and realizing the context within which they lived and labored might serve to nourish our personal imaginations approximately giving.

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