Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Unselfish compiled by Paul D. Parkinson

This book is a breath of fresh air in a world of depressing news. It contains 99 stories of people putting others before themselves.

People want to get noticed. We see selfies on all the social media. Selfish behavior seems to be at an all time high.

But there are people who do unselfish things every day. This book tells many of their stories. It celebrates the acts of kindness and extraordinary sacrifices of regular people and celebrities. It tells the true stories of high school football players helping a special needs girl. It highlights a Hollywood producer leaving behind a six-figure job to help children in Cambodia.

The activities and locations of these unselfish people are varied. One builds schools in rural Mexico. A young boy rescues dogs in the Philippines. A woman built a school for girls in her village in Pakistan. Some work as individuals while others organize a team of volunteers. Some are young and some are elderly. Some give as a result of tragedy, such as a mother seeing that inner city children receive swimming lessons after losing her own son by drowning. Others give because they realize they have been given so much. Some of the stories are words of appreciation about unselfish parents given by one of their children. Some stories are personal accounts of events that have changed them and their outlook on service. Some are one time events while others speak to ongoing ministries. Each story is an inspiration.

It will restore your faith in humanity and maybe it will inspire you to give of yourself to others. There are wonderful photographs that illustrate the stories, making this book a good one to keep on your coffee table.

You may want to take up your camera and share your own experiences. You can do that at their website: www.unselfishstories.com.

You can follow them on their Facebook page and read encouraging stories: https://www.facebook.com/unselfishstories. You can follow them on Instagram and Twitter: @UnselfishStories.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy of Unselfish is being donated to the Cambodian Children's Fund. You can learn more about that work at www.cambodianchildrensfund.org.

Food for thought: “Kindness is Christianity with its work clothes on.” (159)

Paul Parkinson is a former Regional Vice-President of a medical supply company,which he left in 2012 to fround various media enterprises. As President of Gradual Elevate Media, Parkinson wrote the story for and oversaw the production of the feature film, Nowhere Safe – a movie that addresses the issue of cyberbullying. He and his wife has six children.

Unselfish Stories LLC, 190 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Believer'sTrust for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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