The Power of Half

This is a newly released book I came across that sounds oh-so-awesome! Hoping I can book the dad and daughter on my radio show soon:

In 2006, 14-year-old Hannah Salwen had an aha moment while out driving with her father, Kevin, a writer. “As Dad pulled up to a red light,” recalls Hannah, now 17, “on our left was a Mercedes coupe; on our right was a homeless man on the sidewalk, begging for food. I said, ‘If that guy didn’t have such a nice car, maybe the other guy could have a meal.’

My dad replied, ‘Well, what if we didn’t have such a nice car?'”

That conversation put the Salwens on a surprising path to philanthropy, recounted in Hannah and Kevin’s new book, The Power of Half (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt):

The family of four decided to sell their Atlanta house, downsize to a smaller home, and use half the proceeds from the sale to sponsor two villages in Ghana through the Hunger Project (, a nonprofit that works to end hunger and poverty in the developing world.

“We all had to trust each other enough to go through with this crazy idea,” Kevin says. “But to gain deeper trust and understanding, I think most anyone would give up some of their stuff.”

Source: Rachel Mount in “O” magazine

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. April W Gardner says:

    If you book them, let us all know! Sounds inspiring.