When LaSalle Street Church in Chicago received an unexpected windfall, its leaders made the wild, counterintuitive decision to give it away. Each church member received a check for $500 with the instruction to go out and do good in God's world. Read more...
When LaSalle Street Church in Chicago received an unexpected windfall, its leaders made the wild, counterintuitive decision to give it away. Each church member received a check for $500 with the instruction to go out and do good in God's world.
In Love Let Go readers witness how a church community was transformed by the startling truth that money can buy happiness--when we give it away. Laura Sumner Truax and Amalya Campbell show how this radical generosity shaped their community, exploring the reverberating impact of each act of generosity, and ultimately revealing how LaSalle's faith-filled risk snowballed into a movement beyond itself.
Throughout the book Truax and Campbell probe the connection of human flourishing to generosity and offer tools to help us reclaim our giver identities and live generously--to love and let go.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-09
- Reviewer: Staff
In 2014, LaSalle Street Church on the near north side of Chicago received money from the sale of investment property and, at the time, many asked What did the church do with the $1.6 million? Truax and Campbell, senior pastor at LaSalle and member of the churchs leadership council, respectively, answer that question as a jumping-off point, but also address much more in this well-wrought book. At the time of the sale, LaSalle had budgetary needs of its own; however, the church also has a reputation for generosity amid the scarcity of its poor neighborhood. Generosity frees us to be our truest selves, the authors write. First, not without dissension, the church gave $500 to each member to do good in the world; the spending included paying for an African womans surgery and simply passing out $20 bills. Along with the modern stories of LaSalle, the authors effectively interlace ancient stories from the Bible and advice from outside resources, financial and religious. They write as much about the grinding, rewarding process of discernmentpraying, meeting, listening inside and outas about dispersal of funds. Part story of LaSalles decision of how to handle their investment, part testament to the powers of generosity, this book will be of interest to anyone interested in community building or philanthropy. (Mar.)