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."
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I Like Giving is easy to read. It is not overly hard or complex, and it is pretty forward in that the title will either draw people in or push them away (if they have an aversion to giving or reading stories about others who give).
Unlike many books about giving that focus in great detail (and in some cases in an overbearing and sanctimonious manner) about stewardship, generosity and Biblical principles, the author of this book takes a different approach - he focuses on stories. The stories remind the readers that we can give more things than money, and that when you give any aspect of your life in pure motives to help another, you will likely enjoy the experience.
While some of the stories are very motivating, others just seem to be there to fill the space or to make sure there is more than one story per topic. There were a few stories that did not seem to be the best match for the point that was being made, but overall they were on point.
Unfortunately, while some authors go too far to make their point without practical application, the author of I Like Giving does not go into enough depth on his points and instead relies mostly on examples which may or may not resonate with the reader.
It is a good book, but it is not a great book.
I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of the Blogging for Books Program in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I received I Like Giving from Blogging for Books in ebook form.
This book is filled with lots of stories about people who went above and beyond in their giving and really made me think about ways I could give more. It's more than just giving financially and the stories share how the giver was blessed as much, if not more, than the one who received.
I really enjoyed reading this book.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.