Plot/Idea: In a world plagued by acts of anger and violence, the authors show that compassion is a panacea that can literally change lives. The work's uplifting message is powerful and much-needed.
Prose: The authors are talented writers, able to convey their ideas clearly and succinctly, citing evidence to document their claims.
Originality: Acts of Compassion provides a fresh perspective on how small acts of kindness can have profound impacts on our communities.
Character/Execution: The authors stay true to their key messages and theme as they address the positive change that results from acting compassionately toward others.
Blurb: For those looking to improve their own lives as well as that of others, Acts of Compassion is the perfect starting point. Compassion can literally change the world!
Date Submitted: October 06, 2022
I was delighted to read this book. I have read and followed Linda Spangle for years and when this came out with her husband Michael, I knew it would be good! It did not disappoint and was just what was needed to remind me the importance that a few minutes, a few words or just time spent with or active listening to others can change someone's day or life and change mine for the better. Easy read, well written and just so important in today's world, happy to recommend!
My 15 year old daughters and I take turns reading together at night and this was the latest book we read. It was easy to read and offered lessons in many inspiring and relatable stories. Both teens commented how much they liked it. It encouraged us to look at how we can make life better by looking for ways to lift others. Showing compassion to others doesn't have to be big and dramatic. Looking at someone in the eyes and smiling offers an experience of humanity and showing kindness. This was a wholesome book that even two semi-jaded teenagers got something from. I especially enjoyed the practical reflections section with helpful exercises. Notes and resources were provided for further exploration.
Acts of Compassion is the right book for right now! Through careful examination of ways to be compassionate and barriers keeping us from that, Mike and Linda Spangle offer an antidote to the fear, frustration and even selfishness of today's times.The authors explain how compassion helps the giver as well as the recipient and they offer thoughtful examples, many from their own lives, of how compassion can work on individuals, organizations, and society as a whole.This is a book to savor and share. I can't recommend it highly enough. Laura Buseman, PhD, retired English professor and journalist