“A manifesto of sorts for anyone who makes art [and] cares for it.” —Zadie Smith “The best book I know of for talented but unacknowledged creators. . . . A masterpiece.” —Margaret Atwood “No one who is invested in any kind of art . . . can read The Gift and remain unchanged.” —David Foster Wallace By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. This book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. An illuminating and transformative book, and completely original in its view of the world, The Gift is cherished by artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers. It is in itself a gift to all who discover the classic wisdom found in its pages.
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What moves us to give gifts to other people? The Gift brings together perspectives on gift exchange and reciprocity from different social scientific disciplines. The first part of this book contains anthropological and sociological 'classics' on gift giving and reciprocity. In the second part the focus is on social psychological theories, and on empirical research on gift giving in Western society. Finally, the main concepts underlying gift exchange - reciprocity, self-interest and altruism - are discussed. Here, the focus is on fundamental assumptions about human nature. Altruism and self-interest turn out to be much more interwoven than we are inclined to think.
Children will discover how the donkey, the cow, the sheep and other animals honored Jesus in their own special way by presenting Him with gifts. This precious story, paired with tenderly-detailed illustrations, teaches young readers about the importance of giving. Other Titles in the Christmas Read & Sing Along series include: The Best Thing About Christmas, Happy Birthday, Jesus and The Friendly Beasts.
What is it about The GIFT that makes it worth having and keeping handy for repeated reference? What is it about this book that causes people to refuse to lend it out for fear that they might not get it back? And what is it that inspires people to treat it like an heirloom not wanting their children to grow up without knowledge of its contents? It has to be about what the book offers between its covers. Very true so let's take a brief look at what's in store for those who are interested in making a sound investment towards something which many individuals out of Christ might consider to be a fantasy, but would like to have their copy anyway (and hold on to it) because they too can benefit tremendously from it. The Gift is based on a practical concept that ultimately becomes a cherished relationship lifestyle; a concept that is so pregnant with marriage-preservation content that those who become impregnated with this concept will make marriage attractive even to many of those who are turned off by it. At the core of this concept is its ultimate destination the motivation that gives it life and sustained consistency. In its Ultimate Destination the title of the book becomes relevant and becomes the life-blood of the mutual commitment to adhere to the Gold Standard of caring for each other. Then there is GIFT-care: Two hundred and seventy-four recommendations for caring for your marriage (or the one that you will some day have). In this marriage-enrichment book, the Royal status of the born-again individual is brought into focus and its place in marriage enrichment is laid out. This chapter shows disrespect the door. In dealing with the fact of one's royal status in Christ, this author takes the reader to the core of the fascinating world of authentic Christian Identity and shows how it can and is supposed to impact marriage in the most positive ways. Then there are the responsibilities of Royalty: Here too we are treated to a plethora of potentially life-transforming facts a transformation that elevates self-concept to new highs and changes the fulfillment zip code of the marriage itself. In this book, the author also deals with the practicality of Royalty. Have you ever wondered how your marriage would be affected if you were to see both yourself and your spouse through the eyes of God? This author takes you there Don't miss it. If you and your spouse are both born-again of the Holy Spirit, do you know that to treat each other any less than as Royalty is highly offensive to God? You owe it to yourself, your marriage and your spouse to get this book and see why this is so. Watch your home prosper as you make good use of this information.
In this hitherto unpublished memoir, the poet who signed herself H. D. recreates the world of her childhood in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and in a country house outside Philadelphia
A beautiful Christmas story perfect any time of the year. Laurel Keyes tells the story of The Gift giving a richer and deeper meaning of the birth of the Christ Child. At Christmas we focus on giving gifts to those we love and care for and sometimes we forget the most important gift of all.Many people have read this little book for gatherings and parties at Christmas time and especially on Christmas Eve. Children and adults alike read it year after year and treasure its message.
One minute everything is fine. The next, you're fighting for your life, and you realize the gift of life may be expiring. Author Mary Hill has been there. She battles incurable illness daily, but she won't let anything stop her. Here, she shares hope and encouragement for others living with incurable illness and struggling in the face of adversity. She bravely tells her own story, provides interviews with others like her, and gives her own delicious, easy, and healthy recipes for a diet that works with any illness. And most importantly, she divulges the big five, her steps to getting through diagnosis to everyday life. God has given The Gift. Discover how great it is, even when threatened.
In The Gift of Death, Jacques Derrida's most sustained consideration of religion to date, he continues to explore questions introduced in Given Time about the limits of the rational and responsible that one reaches in granting or accepting death, whether by sacrifice, murder, execution, or suicide. Derrida analyzes Patocka's Heretical Essays on the History of Philosophy and develops and compares his ideas to the works of Heidegger, Levinas, and Kierkegaard. A major work, The Gift of Death resonates with much of Derrida's earlier writing and will be of interest to scholars in anthropology, philosophy, and literary criticism, along with scholars of ethics and religion. "The Gift of Death is Derrida's long-awaited deconstruction of the foundations of the project of a philosophical ethics, and it will long be regarded as one of the most significant of his many writings."—Choice "An important contribution to the critical study of ethics that commends itself to philosophers, social scientists, scholars of relgion . . . [and those] made curious by the controversy that so often attends Derrida."—Booklist "Derrida stares death in the face in this dense but rewarding inquiry. . . . Provocative."—Publishers Weekly