The Paradox of Generosity, by Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson

Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson's book is a tale of two ways of life: with generosity and without.


Beyond inertia

spring books 1999

I am busy these days, so I'd just like to be able to sit down, write a straightforward review of David Ford's book, and be done with it. But I can't. This book has already begun to interfere with my life. It may even end up costing me real money. That check for the Kosovo relief effort I am now writing in my mind keeps getting outrageously larger. I worry that I might actually put it in the mail.


Financing American Religion, edited by Mark Chaves and Sharon L. Miller

This compact, valuable book brings together the most important current research on faith and money. Mark Chaves, associate professor of sociology at the University of Arizona, and Sharon Miller, a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame, have gathered essays by such prominent scholars as Dean Hoge, John and Sylvia Ronsvalle, Robert Wuthnow, Loren Mead and John Mulder.


Politics of charity

This is a provocative book on charitable giving in the United States and a variety of other countries. Approximately 75 percent of U.S. households make charitable contributions each year.