The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen audiobook

The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back

By Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen
Read by Fred Sanders and Jen Taylor

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6.75 Hours 1
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Simultaneous with the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-547-24806-0   The inspiring and moving story of one family’s unlikely quest to stop taking and start giving back—from a longtime Wall Street Journal reporter and his daughter It all started when 15-year-old Hannah Salwen, idealistic but troubled by a growing sense of injustice in the world, had a eureka moment when a homeless man in her neighborhood was juxtaposed against a glistening Mercedes coupe. “You know, Dad,” she said, pointing, “If that man had a less nice car, that man could have a meal.” This glaring disparity led the Salwen family of four, caught up like so many other Americans in this age of consumption and waste, to follow Hannah’s urge to stop talking and start doing. And so they embarked on an incredible journey together, deciding to sell their Atlanta mansion, downsize to a house half its size, and give half of their profits to a worthy charity. Each week they met over dinner to discuss their plan. At first it was an outlandish scheme. “What, are you crazy? No way!” Then it was a challenge. “We are TOTALLY doing this.” It would transport them across the globe and well out of their comfort zone. In the end they found a needy village in Ghana where their commitment of funds and their unwavering follow-through would change lives of hundreds, for good. It would also alter irrevocably the lives of four normal Americans who learned together that half could be so much more. With deft prose, an unassuming tone, and an endearing sense of humor, The Power of Half chronicles this remarkable, unlikely journey, this reimagining of the American dream, one family at a time. It also offers readers a very accessible road map to employ the power of half to their own lives, no matter one’s means or resources. In that way, it shows readers how to connect their families through a unifying purpose, an antidote to the splintering of American families in this era of iPods, video-gaming, and other solo activities.

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Summary

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Simultaneous with the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-547-24806-0

 

The inspiring and moving story of one family’s unlikely quest to stop taking and start giving back—from a longtime Wall Street Journal reporter and his daughter

It all started when 15-year-old Hannah Salwen, idealistic but troubled by a growing sense of injustice in the world, had a eureka moment when a homeless man in her neighborhood was juxtaposed against a glistening Mercedes coupe. “You know, Dad,” she said, pointing, “If that man had a less nice car, that man could have a meal.” This glaring disparity led the Salwen family of four, caught up like so many other Americans in this age of consumption and waste, to follow Hannah’s urge to stop talking and start doing. And so they embarked on an incredible journey together, deciding to sell their Atlanta mansion, downsize to a house half its size, and give half of their profits to a worthy charity. Each week they met over dinner to discuss their plan. At first it was an outlandish scheme. “What, are you crazy? No way!” Then it was a challenge. “We are TOTALLY doing this.” It would transport them across the globe and well out of their comfort zone. In the end they found a needy village in Ghana where their commitment of funds and their unwavering follow-through would change lives of hundreds, for good. It would also alter irrevocably the lives of four normal Americans who learned together that half could be so much more. With deft prose, an unassuming tone, and an endearing sense of humor, The Power of Half chronicles this remarkable, unlikely journey, this reimagining of the American dream, one family at a time. It also offers readers a very accessible road map to employ the power of half to their own lives, no matter one’s means or resources. In that way, it shows readers how to connect their families through a unifying purpose, an antidote to the splintering of American families in this era of iPods, video-gaming, and other solo activities.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Power of Half will give you a whole new perspective on your life.” Jeffrey Zaslow coauthor of The Girl From Ames
“Fred Sanders and Jen Taylor fit the roles of father and daughter well. Sanders conveys the right balance of altruism and doubt. He also comes up with dead-on voices for eager daughter Hannah and skeptical son Joseph during the family discussions of the project. With youthful exuberance Jen Taylor reads Hannah’s advice on instilling charitable behavior in families. The Salwens’ rare commitment to helping others, unshaken by the recent drop in home prices, will give listeners much to consider.”  AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Kevin Salwen

Author Bio: Kevin Salwen

Kevin Salwen was a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal for more than eighteen years. After that he started a magazine, Motto. He has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta and works with the United States Olympic Committee.

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Author Bio: Hannah Salwen

Author Bio: Hannah Salwen

Hannah Salwen is a student at the Atlanta Girls’ School. She has been volunteering consistently since the fifth grade.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English