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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I Like Giving

I knew I had to read I Like Giving by Brad Formsma when I heard about it. The subtitle The Transforming Power of a Generous Life has manifested itself in my own life the past 6 months.

This book is filled with practical ideas as well as inspiring stories. Many areas of the book hit home with me.

Page 191: "I'm convinced the joy comes from being obedient to what God wants."

Page 177: "Often when we see someone in a bad situation, our natural response is to say, "Hey, if you need anything, let me know." Please don't say that. Unknowingly you have put an added burden on the person.

In other words, we must just do, don't ask. Why is it not so easy to do this? One, we may not know how to help exactly (though we can always come up with someway to help) and two, we fear rejection.

Page 50 states: "The key in all these situations is to remember that giving to others is not only about how the receivers respond. Sometimes we need to give more than other people need to receive."

This book shows several ways in which to give, not only monetary but also time wise or even something as simple as a smile.

The only complaint that I have with the book is the actual title and the title of the chapters and stories. While these were explained in chapter two I feel that neither the title, nor the title/story chapters, really covey a lot of feeling. I Like Giving may get to the heart of the matter but I Like Being Robbed doesn't exactly fit, does it? That aside, this is a great book for changing how we give and how we see life.

I'll leave you with Brad's quote on page 196: "What if the more than 315 million Americans alive today would do something generous for someone else daily, weekly, or even monthly. How powerful could that be?"

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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