Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Book review: The Power of Half

The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting, detailed book about how one family decided to sell their multimillion dollar home to buy one half its size, then give the price difference away.

Inspired by their daughter's desire to make a difference in the world, and more or less in spite of their son's initial indifference, the Salwens decided to sell their big Victorian home in a wealthy Atlanta neighborhood. In exchange, they'd buy a smaller house nearby, and give the money they saved to charity.

What follows is a sometimes overly detailed story of their research into the best way to make a difference, deciding where to help, who to help and how. Kevin Salwen tells his family's story, with Hannah chiming in at the end of each chapter with suggestions about how to include the kids.

The story could have been very self-congratulatory, although it seldom was. The process got a little tedious at times, but more often I found myself inspired by their desire to put their money where their mouths are, and actually do something rather than waiting for someone else. It did make me thing - often - of what I have in abundance that I could share half of. And I think that was their point.

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