Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World

Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World


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Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World by Laura Truax, Amalya Campbell

Displays the amazing power of generosity to transform people and communities

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802874474
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 215
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Laura Sumner Truax is senior pastor at LaSalle Street Church in downtown Chicago, a teaching pastor at the University of Chicago, and the author of Undone: When Coming Apart Puts You Back Together. She frequently speaks around the country on the topics of faith and justice—and generosity.

Amalya Campbell is a marketing consultant in Wilmette, Illinois, with an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has led stewardship classes at LaSalle Street Church for more than a dozen years.

Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Stearns ix

I Our Generous Nature

1 Wired to Be Givers 3

2 The Plane of Generosity 21

3 Abundance, Not Scarcity 39

II Stumbling Toward Generosity

4 Identity Intact 61

5 Transactions and Interactions 77

6 The Saturation Point 95

III The Generous Life

7 Listening Inside Out 115

8 Listening Outside In 135

9 Reframing Thankfulness 153

10 Letting Love Go 167

Afterword 183

Questions for Reflection and Discussion 185

For Further Reading 196

Notes 198

Acknowledgments 202

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Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jobetterblues More than 1 year ago
The stories of generosity in this book dismantle the zero-sum game theory of having. Our day-to-day seems set up that if "you get more, then I have less." It's revolutionary to think that in giving we could actually feel rich. This book is for anyone who feels stifled by their budget, who knows their fists are tightly clenched, and who wants to break free of the dogma of scarcity.
LauraZumdahl More than 1 year ago
This thoughtful book chronicles the story of a small, cash-strapped church who suddenly had extra resources and a big decision on their hands. Their approach – one of collective and individual discernment and distribution – illustrates what happens when we let go and let love do the work for us. The focus on generosity in this book challenges us all to both trust God and live generously, despite living in a world where keeping things for ourselves is the norm. This book is for individuals who want to live generously but also for churches that, underneath all the messages and madness of our world, know they are called to more than dogma and want to open up to the possibility that God’s love can work through us all in small, but real ways that change our world.