The "I Like Giving" book is a book of stories. It tells stories of people who did something to give to another person. Many times the gifts involved money; sometimes, though, the gift involved time.
The book does not mention God or the Bible a lot. However, it does in ways that if you are not familiar with the Bible may slip by you. For instance, many verses from the Bible are "thrown in" the stories in telling you the principles of what the Bible teaches, usually in almost exact words from the Bible.
The book also includes information about research that shows how giving is good for you physically and emotionally. It shows how you can give even when you don't have much. It shows how giving changes you as well as the receiver.
I read the book in two days. Some books I take a lot longer to complete.
The book challenges you to "see" people in your world in a different way, to look for ways to be a giver, and to put aside some of your bad experiences in the past with people who took advantage of your generosity.
It is more blessed to give than to receive as Jesus taught, and learning to be a giver is learning to be like God who gave the most and best. You can join with him to make the world a better place.
Have you ever felt like you just "had" to give? There are so many people out there who need it so you reluctantly stick your hand in your pocket and reach for a few bills. But what if we actually wanted to give? If we thought of it not as an obligation, but as an opportunity? What if we woke up in the morning brimming with ideas on how we can help someone today?
"I Like Giving"'s main idea is that if we give freely we will feel more joyful and alive than if we just live for yourself. It explores the topic of cheerful giving - no strings attached - and how that can be contagious and just awesome. Many real stories are shared - everything from buying nail polish for some girls to renovating a single mom's home. It makes one think "what can I do?" And if we don't have much ourselves, we shouldn't worry: giving doesn't have to big. "I Like Giving" got me thinking of creative ways I can give.
However, I was disappointed with the book in a number of ways. Although this is a Christian author, very very little is said about the One who gave the biggest gift ever. The emphasis is continually placed on the giver; he gives because it makes him feel more alive. The world's real situation of those desperately in need is rarely if ever given as a reason to give. Also it is stressed that we live to give. Although giving is indeed very important, I believe telling others of the good news of Christ is even more so.
Even though not the best book ever, "I Like Giving" can encourage us to be more spontaneous in our giving. Giving is a privilege.
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in return for a review.
A great book on giving. Get ready to change your life!
September 13, 2014
I Like Giving:
The Transforming Power of a Generous Life
Practical Ideas, Inspiring Stories
By: Brad Formsma
Experience the joy of giving through the stories in this book. See how the ripple effect transforms the lives of the ones who give, to the ones who receive, to the ones beyond. This book spoke to my heart. How can I give? In any way I want to! It can be time, money, a listening ear, a banana cream pie, or sparkly fingernail polish.
Want more joy in your life? Give. Want to be healthier, happier? Give. What do you have to lose? A little bit of time, a little bit of money. Try it and see what happens. Brad Formsma is convinced once you try it, you wont want to stop. Families, friends, communities, will feel the impact of giving.
Have you experienced a nudge to give someone a hug? To say a kind word to someone standing in line with you? To send food to an elderly neighbor? How about to give a few dollars to someone you dont know? Sometimes thats Gods way of using us to help someone. God knows what they need and He uses us to fulfill His will. And what do we get for giving? Joy, happiness, contentment. And when you least expect it, a little something back for being a giver. Try it and see. Have you ever met an angry and bitter generous person? You just might get to experience the joy of seeing the look of astonishment on someone elses face.
Formsma fills this book with encouraging stories of giving, and receiving, gifts. Now that Im finished reading the book, I cant wait for my chance to do something for someone. Wonder who or what it will be? Go out and give today and let the adventure begin!
I received this book free from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review
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:
Ã¢â¬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."
Ã¢â¬Â¢"Keep practicing generosity, even if it's not received as you had hoped."
Ã¢â¬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.