Book Review: Imagining Abundance

Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy, and a Spiritual Call to Service

Kerry Alys Robinson

Liturgical Press; $16.95, 118 pp.

Fr. Bob and Kerry

“Just as with the spiritual life, habits can becultivated to allow us to be more generous—and to be catalysts for inspiring others to be more generous. These habits correlate well with developing a mature inner life of faith. Therefore it is helpful for people of faith who are committed to worthy missions as leaders in the nonprofit sector to integrate and align such habits, disciplines, and attitudes about fundraising and philanthropy with those of the spiritual life.”

~Imagining Abundance, p. 105.

 

The above is from the Postscript of Imaging Abundance:  Fundraising, Philanthropy, and a Spiritual Call to Service, Kerry Alys Robinson’s first book from Liturgical Press. Throughout its pages, Kerry, Saint Thomas More’s former development director and now the executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, weaves a story of encouragement—part personal anecdote, part prayerful reflection—for those wishing to approach their organization’s fundraising needs in ways that are humanly authentic, spiritual and loving.

 

Instead of giving her readers a fundraising plan, Kerry invites her readers to examine, and finally change, the way they think about fundraising. She invites them to stop, to pray and to focus on how God might be working in the process. Kerry breaks her book into ten chapters. Each chapter focuses on a concept that was important to her fundraising experiences. She then explains the concept with personal anecdote and easy to understand theology. Her stories focus on her work with the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, Saint Thomas More: The Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale, and The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. And, her theology stems from both the personal reflections of her prayer life and from the work of friends, colleagues, thinkers and priests. As you read, these stories will wash over you, again and again, with enthusiasm and warmth.

 

The book is a thoughtful read for anyone involved in fundraising for a Christian organization. It will help them more deeply connect their spirituality with what their business card says that they do. It is also a book that will interest non-fundraisers, for it shows how someone can practice Christian ministry in whatever profession they choose. Everyone, through prayer and reflection, can learn how God is moving in their lives, giving them talents and opportunities that will provide goodness and joy to others.

 

You may purchase personally signed copies of  Imagining Abundance here on the library website. Proceeds will go to the Center for Music and Liturgy, an exciting new initiative at STM. For more information, please e-mail inquiries to: [email protected] .