New PDF release: "Amazing Pressure": The Hidden History of Stewardship in

By D. Susan Wisely,Robert Wood Lynn

As american citizens, we adore to determine ourselves as a "giving" peple, prepared to aid non secular and secular efforts via our contributions of money and time. yet for all its recognition, what does this framing inspiration of stewardship suggest for our giving? How did we come to count so fullyyt in this suggestion? What do we detect via a glance again to its origins? Can a fuller knowing of stewardship urged us to clean wondering our personal giving? it is a story of the yankee Protestant look for cash and that means in giving, drawing on ancient texts to inform a narrative that has been principally hidden from view. the tale is instructed 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. this can be a tale particular to Protestant congregations, but suitable to many different American businesses in addition. it really is particularly the tale of an exceptional 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 identified yet compelling voices and realizing the context within which they lived and labored may well serve to nourish our personal imaginations approximately giving.

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