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In their number one New York Times best seller Half the Sky, husband-and-wife team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe, and showcased individuals and institutions working to address oppression and expand opportunity. A Path Appears is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a sweeping tapestry of people who are making the world a better place and a guide to the ways that we can do the same - whether with a donation of $5 or $5 million, with our time, by capitalizing on our skills as individuals, or by using the resources of our businesses.
With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, identify successful local and global initiatives, and share astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress. We see the compelling, inspiring truth of how real people have changed the world, upending the idea that one person can't make a difference.
A Path Appears offers practical, results-driven advice on how best each of us can give and reveals the lasting benefits we gain in return. Kristof and WuDunn know better than most how many urgent challenges communities around the world face today. Here they offer a timely beacon of hope for our collective future.
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By Jan on 09-25-14
Enlightening Read for Wise Givers (why & how)
It took me a while to get hooked into this book... perhaps because the many interesting accounts from all over the world seemed tangential and I had trouble figuring out what exactly I was suppose to be learning. After a bit, I was enjoying the wide ranging accounts so much... I didn't care about the message anymore.
The book presents numerous problems going on in the world... the intervention being made... what happened & why it succeeded, failed or made things worse. How does receiving effect the receiver? I honestly was surprised by the politics, marketing, psychology and complexities of funding, giving and making what you give count. Also how difficult it is to decide if what you have given is being used wisely. It is not always what you expect.
Many of the accounts show how just a "little bit of hope" changes lives, how one person can make a major difference in the life of others. It also explores the "giver" what happens when they give, the chemistry and psychology involved. Why we choose to give or not... and to whom. I loved the empowerment and joy obtained by a group of school children in Uganda who to donated $ to a charity in the US.
In the end, the stories are tied together and we are urged to help transform lives and create opportunity... but by then you have been free to draw your own conclusions. Mine didn't always match the authors, but the process was still stimulating. The narration is good, was well worth the credit and my time to read.
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By Working Mom on 10-23-14
Excellent! Everyone should read or listen to it!
Would you listen to A Path Appears again? Why?
Yes. My mind tends to wander when I listen to a book, so I often listen to them more than once. This one held my attention really well because of all of the great stories that are shared throughout the book. I've already started listening to it for a second time.
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Path Appears?
One of my biggest takeaways is that people can make a difference in so many ways - through volunteering or donating even a very small amount of money. One of the best investments that we can make is in early childhood education and parent support.
Which character – as performed by Oliva Wilde – was your favorite?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It brought tears to my eyes at times. It is one of the very best books I've ever read!
Any additional comments?
I just finished listening to this book yesterday and found it to be extremely inspirational. It shares a powerful message about making a difference in the world and is definitely a worthwhile read (or listen)! I loved all of the great stories that allow you to see the impact that a single person can make! It was so good that I also purchased a hard copy that I can reference and share with my friends.
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