PASSIONARIES: individuals who transform their compassionate visions into positive actions that significantly change the lives of others.
Have you ever asked yourself, "How can one person really make a difference?" Passionaries answers that question with vivid, true stories of extraordinary social entrepreneurs turning their passions into action—and surprisingly shows how one person can change our world. This book captures an unsung movement unique to American culture—to create a legacy, make a mark, leave the world better. These modern-day heroes show each of us how we can do it too.
True stories of more than thirty-five individuals, ages six to eighty-nine, serve as inspiration and guides. Each profile describes the leader of an organization that has significantly impacted millions of lives. Every nonprofit is financially efficient, has made a material impact on society, and is volunteer friendly. Readers will learn about what sparked the original idea for each organization, discover the creative ways obstacles were overcome, and see the power of change rippling out to second and third "generations" of lives. Facts, figures, and contact information included may encourage readers to join the ranks of the more than 20 million like-minded volunteers who helped build the organizations.
Each one of these powerful profiles is a home run and a chance for us to look at a significant winning plan in the game of life.
Barbara Metzler's book chronicles American generosity at its best—highlighting people who give of both their time and money to help people here and abroad. Her book is essential reading for all, especially those who want to better understand the amazing stories of America's leading and most effective philanthropists.
Barbara Metzler has tapped into what makes people great and has made their greatness available to the rest of us.
Passionaries will soon be included in every dictionary and on the must read list of everyone seriously concerned with improving the health and well-being of humankind.
One person can make a difference in our world. Barbara Metzler inspires us all with these powerful stories about individuals who demonstrate that we can translate visions of hope into programs of healing. May the tribe of passionaries increase!
Barbara Metzler's Passionaries, like her life, is an inspiration. Not only has she assembled the stories of 'can-do' people who have transformed their convictions into constructive, life-changing actions, but she provides us the links to do likewise.
If you are questioning whether God still works through people, you'll stop wondering after reading about these miraculous lives. Life has handed each of these inspiring individuals challenges that they have faced with courage. Courage isn't a gift, but a decision.
The book describes how individuals grew interested in charity work, where they began, and what has come of their efforts. Several chapters include a section called "Ripples," an essay about someone who has been personally influenced by the work of a "passionary."
Plenty of books advocate compassionate action, but few are as specific on how to go about translating ideals into action as Passionaries, which offers up profiles of visionaries that made changes. These profiles document the transition from ideal to action, including special circumstances that spurred action and how they got started and overcame obstacles. General-interest public library collections with readers interested in social issues will find Passionaries inspirational.