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Book Review of “Giving Without Taking: My Why”

I found "Giving without Taking" by Thomas Jacob to be a refreshing and uplifting read. In a world often overshadowed by self-interest, this book stands out as a beacon of empathy and selfless giving. Thomas Jacob's thoughtful exploration of generosity and its impact on both personal and professional aspects of life struck a chord with me, resonating deeply with my experiences as a woman navigating the corporate landscape while juggling the responsibilities of motherhood. Jacob skillfully weaves together personal anecdotes, real-world examples, and practical insights to create a narrative that not only motivates but also inspires a genuine desire to give without expecting anything in return.

Professionally, Thomas specializes in import and export operations and has dedicated a significant portion of his life to working in the supply chain field after passing the CPA examination. However, during his journey, he came to realize that life should encompass more than just working in an office.

One aspect of the book that particularly resonated with me was its relevance to the challenges faced by minority communities. As someone deeply committed to fostering inclusivity and empowering underrepresented groups, I appreciated Jacob’s emphasis on the transformative power of giving in bridging gaps and creating opportunities. His ideas are not just theoretical; they offer actionable steps that leaders, especially those in positions like mine, can take to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of minority businesses and workforce development.

What sets “Giving without Taking” apart is its universal applicability. As a former teacher, Jacob’s insights on the transformative potential of education and how giving back can be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of others. His emphasis on creating a culture of mentorship and support resonated with my own journey, encouraging me to reflect on the mentors who played pivotal roles in my success.

Beyond the professional realm, Jacob addresses the importance of instilling the values of generosity in the next generation. As a mother, this aspect of the book touched my heart. The author’s wisdom on nurturing empathy and compassion in children is invaluable, and I have already started implementing some of his suggestions in my own parenting journey.

“Giving without Taking” is a thought-provoking and uplifting guide that has left a lasting impact on me both professionally and personally. Thomas Jacob’s insights are not just relevant; they are a call to action for anyone seeking to make a positive difference in the world. This book is a must-read for leaders, parents, and individuals committed to creating a more compassionate and inclusive society.


Shalaya T. Morissette (she/her)

Chief, Minority Business and Workforce Division

Office of Energy Justice and Equity

U.S. Department of Energy

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Book Review

Giving Without Taking

Tobin Seven
January 3, 2024

5.0 out of 5 stars A Feel Good Book About Giving Back

Thomas Jacob has passion for helping youth and his dedication is changing lives! He's a role model that inspires others to give without expecting anything in return and the results are profound.

December 27, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars The Principles in this book are Practical.

The book (Giving without taking, My Why) is like a unique hand crafted painting or a calligraphy perfected by an artist with a heart. May this be the future of tomorrow.

November 30, 2023

4.0 out of 5 stars Embrace the joy of giving

This short book tugs at your feelings and propels one into creating a sustainable and lasting legacy for future generations. Rather than once and done, this book talks about creating a ripple effect in communities - broadening the impact of change - propagating a small change to something way bigger.

November 2, 2023


"GIVING WITHOUT TAKING" is an inspiring literary gem that beautifully captures the author's vision of selfless generosity. This book radiates with uplifting stories and practical insights, encouraging readers to embrace the joy of giving. A must-read for anyone seeking to make a positive impact and find true fulfillment through altruism.