I Like Giving by Brad Formsma is a small but powerful book detailing' through ideas and inspiring stories' the transforming power of a generous life. I was attracted to this book because I have been the giver and receiver of such generosity, and know the life change that can happen as a result of this cycle. Whether you are personally seeking inspiration, ideas to change your life and world, or vignettes to inspire others to give wholly of themselves, this is the book you have been seeking.
The short stories presented in I Like Giving could be read in one sitting, but I believe you will be more inspired in reading one each day as a constant reminder of our adoption of a giving lifestyle. This book would make an excellent gift for you or a friend. If you are part of a book club, life group at church, or a social club, this book would make an excellent study to springboard ideas of new ways to reach into your community.
"When you open your hands to give you also open your hands to receive," or so the saying goes. I LIKE GIVING - The Transforming Power of a Generous Life, Practical Ideas, Inspiring Stories by Brad Formsma shares personal testimonies of people who have been the recipient of unexpected acts of kindness.
Some people never seriously think about giving, helping or extending a helping hand to others until they been on the receiving end of such acts of kindness. Such was the case with author, Brad Formsma. He shared his personal story about spiritually going through the motions of helping others and made the decision to change his attitude about giving. He said that he had "grown up in the church, but our faith had never really been a big part of our lives."
This exercise in futility allowed him to "feel good" because he had donated money to some cause. It was his way to check the box, as so many have done. This allowed him to felt like he had done the bare minimum and still accomplished his "Christian" obligation. He also admitted that "although he believed in doing things to help others, the reality was often motivated by selfish ambition. [He] enjoyed being successful in business and was hungry for more money, position and prestige."
What is your motivation? How many of us only give because someone asked us to or because we felt obligated? The author had an epiphany after a series of financial setbacks brought him to his knees. He finally understood the power of giving and the reciprocal positive benefits it had on his life only after he had gone through financial challenges. Sometimes "when we are in need, the hardest thing to do is to have those needs met by someone else."
On the surface it would appear that it is easier to give when you make a lot of money, all your bills are paid, and life is good. But it's your belief, your intention, your motivation and your attitude toward giving that determines the how, what , when, why and where you extend your level of generosity. Many people state that the best time to give to others is when you are in need yourself.
I LIKE GIVING follows a template similar to many other "giving or generosity based" books. There are no revolutionary ideas here, but if you haven't thought of an idea and want to make a difference the suggestions are a good place to start. Think of this book as a reminder that we live in a world where people are hurting, suffering, starving, in need of a caring touch, smile and someone to understand their struggle everyday. Remember, these stories or testimonials are from ordinary people. The same ordinary people that we drive by or walk by on the street daily. They may not say much, but their eyes speak volumes about their struggles. After all, the eyes are the windows of the soul.
THOUGHTS for your SOUL:
â€¢"If you're not experiencing happiness and satisfaction in your life, giving to others could be the one thing that turns your life around."
â€¢"Keep practicing generosity, even if it's not received as you had hoped."
â€¢"You can give without loving, but you can't love without giving."
It really doesn't take much to be kind, to listen, or even give someone a monetary donation. I LIKE GIVING "is about experiencing the joy of giving. We all have something to give." All it takes is at least a minute of your time, an opportunity to address a need, and the courage to act unselfishly expecting nothing in return.
I LIKE GIVING is not just a book about giving, the author refers to it as a movement; "a campaign for a generous world because we believe a generous world is a better world for all of us." Why not start today and be the change that you would like to see in your life? How would you like to be the "I" in I LIKE GIVING?
Disclaimer: BONDing over BOOKS received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
I Like Giving by Brad Formsma is a book of compiled stories, most of which have been published on the website ilikegiving.com. The author gives some background and context for the stories, and tells some of his own experience with giving, including selling his successful construction business to focus on expanding the ministry of I Like Giving. The book reminds us that we all have something to give. Maybe it is a smile, a listening ear, the gift of time, or giving money to a worthy cause. The stories help illustrate the many ways that people have taking this principle of giving and applied it to their own life.
The book focuses a lot on giving and how good it can make us feel. It touches briefly on receiving as well, which is almost always harder than giving. But being a good giver also requires being a good receiver as well.
A quick, light read with some good ideas for living a more generous life.
I received this book for free from Waterbrook in exchange for my honest opinion.
I Like Giving by Mr. Brad Formsma is a MUST read! What a joy this book was not only to me but my family as well. We used the book as a springboard for many wonderful dinner conversations. The stories are so powerful and encouraging . I also enjoyed how Mr. Formsma walked the reader through the giving process. I will be giving this book to many friends. It has changed how my family and I view giving and receiving.
If you enjoy stories about giving that pluck at your heart strings, you might like the book "I Like Giving" by Brad Formsma (published by WaterBrook Press). But if you want a book about giving that has more breadth and depth to it than just that, this is not the book for you.
"I Like Giving" is full of short stories about people giving to others in various ways ... and that's about it. Although published by a Christian publisher, you won't find any biblical teaching or direction about giving in this book. No theology of giving, not even a coherent philosophy about giving. The closest thing to that would be the idea that "giving makes you feel great, so make it a lifestyle!" There is one sentence that hints at scripture, "I heard it said that a person with a good heart cares for windows and orphans," but that's about as "Christian" as this book gets.
I suspect the purpose of printing this book was to build broader awareness of the ilikegiving.com website created by the author. In a 200-page book, it wasn't until I was 152-pages into reading this paperback before I discovered something that might be a stated motivation for writing this book ...
"A simple story can be refreshing and empowering. Stories connect people, and they give people permission to try new things. I call it the power of story. Telling giving stories can center people on what matters most and bring them back to a healthy balance in life. The cultural current often pulls us in the direction of self-focused living and empty materialism. If we do nothing, we just drift along with it. Giving stories can help us avoid that drift and move us toward doing things for others instead," Formsma writes.
So "I Like Giving" is more like the "rah-rah" of a cheerleader for giving, somewhat fun with some warm-hearted motivation, but little else. That's a shame, when the concept of giving has far more significance to it than something it encourages without providing any real understanding of the purpose and value of generosity. Instead, we get a one sentence paragraph by the author that simply states, "Remember, giving is for you --- it gives you life."
There is almost a subtle selfish tone running through the book, as the writer routinely points out to his readers how good giving makes you feel. Additionally, the author encourages his readers to share their stories about giving, something the Bible discourages (Mt. 6:1-4).
One of the best books I've read in the last year was a book on the topic of giving; "I Like Giving" is on the opposite end of value for books of that subject nature. I really do like giving, I just don't find much to recommend about "I Like Giving."
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."