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Mary’s Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, author of the Sunday Times Bestseller, The Shed that Fed a Million Children, is calling for a better understanding of true charity in his latest book.
Published today (Thursday, June 3) Give: Charity and the Art of Living Generously explores the positive role it can play in all our lives.
‘Charity is the best thing about humans,’ said the author, formerly of Ballachulish and now living in Dalmally.
‘How we practice it defines us as individuals. The way we encourage it and foster it will shape the future of our societies.
‘And yet today more than ever, despite charity becoming an intrinsic part of the fabric of Western culture, it is questioned, challenged and misunderstood like never before.’
At a time when many in the charity sector face bankruptcy, the act of giving has never been more in demand and while many see traditional charities as hopelessly ineffective, old fashioned or even corrupt, people all over the world continue to engage in a multitude of charitable activities. So, what exactly is charity and how will it emerge from the current crisis?
Magnus is better placed than most to reveal what constitutes true charity and to celebrate its power. He has spent the past 30 years working among people in dire need, witnessing startling acts of charity and sacrifice in many different cultures and situations.
Through his book Give Magnus shares these moving stories to illuminate the life-changing impact these acts of charity have on both giver and receiver.
Along the way, he offers a robust criticism of the behaviour and attitudes that have given charity a bad name and demonstrates how to elevate its place in society. Inspired by the author’s strong Catholic faith, but drawing on the stories of people of all beliefs, Give contains a universal message of how to thrive by living generously.
All profits from the sale of Give will be donated to Mary’s Meals and other charities.