In these difficult economic times, thrift may seem like a necessity, rather than a route to joy. But in this handbook, the reader learns about the virtue of thrift, and how, in combination with gratitude and generosity, it can lead to deep, lasting contentment.
The book explores the qualities that distinguish thriftiness from merely being cheap; it looks at thrift and wisdom, thrift and gratitude, thrift and ethical standards, and thrift and hard work. With references from the Bible, literature, poetry, and philosophy, as well as examples from daily life, thrift is shown to be more than just understanding the bottom line. Indeed, thrift is part of a religious and cultural understanding of how we use our time, our talents, and our resources.
John M. Templeton Jr., MD, is chairman and president of the John Templeton Foundation. He received a BA from Yale University and MD from Harvard Medical School, and he was board certified in pediatric surgery and surgical critical care. His medical career spanned thirty-one years, including thirteen years with the trauma program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He continues today as adjunct professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a popular and respected guest lecturer, and the author of Thrift and Generosity: The Joy of Giving. He and his wife, Pina, reside in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.