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Is there more to pleasing God with our money than having a budget and a clean tithing record? This question sparked a hunger in author Jeff Anderson to understand how God views giving and how our giving can actually get his attention. Based on an incident with his daughter when she was a toddler, Plastic Donuts removes the awkwardness and uncertainty that often accompany discussions about giving to help you connect with God's heart for your resources.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 6.25 X 4.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601425287
ISBN-13: 9781601425287

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Once you see your gifts from God’s perspective, your giving will never be the same.
 
When she was a toddler, Jeff Anderson’s daughter opened his eyes to how delighted God is with our gifts. She brought him a plastic donut from her play kitchen, and he was surprised by the intensity of his reaction. His delight in receiving this simple gift—and his daughter’s joy in giving it—led him to dig deeper. Anderson would not rest until he found the scriptural connection between our gifts and God’s heart. 

Plastic Donuts removes the awkwardness and uncertainty that often accompany discussions about giving. Now you can think differently-and biblically-about what and how you give.  

Your gifts can capture God’s attention and connect you more intimately with His heart. Plastic Donuts brings everyone—leaders and followers, teachers and learners—onto the same page.

Author Bio

JEFF ANDERSON worked as a certified public accountant with a big-six accounting firm before becoming a day trader in the stock market. In 2003, he joined Crown Financial Ministries, eventually serving as vice president for generosity initiatives. After studying the Bible’s teachings on giving, he founded Acceptable Gift, the organization behind his speaking, consulting, writing, and online resources.

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  1. Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    quick read deepened my understanding of giving
    December 15, 2013
    Carolina Gardener
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Plastic Donuts shares stories of people applying faith by giving generously. It is full of relevant testimony that helps broaden one's perception of tithing. My Sunday School class read parts of this book and discussed. The Plastic Donuts website has fantastic video testimony and other great complimentary resources. We handed out the brochure from the website that helps assess spending and setting goals for better giving. Our faith walks vary, so do "our best" gifts to honor God. This book puts you in the shoes of a father receiving a precious gift from his child. Oh how loved receiving this gift makes him feel and how his heart swells with delight over this gift. How do your gifts make your heavenly father feel? This quick easy read deepened my understanding of giving and prompts me to dig deeper in how I give.
  2. Minot, ND
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Plastic donuts - not toying around with giving
    July 26, 2013
    AlandWynda
    Minot, ND
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jeff Anderson's book is straightforward, practical and informative. He writes about giving, stewardship and generosity in an insightful manner that represents prayerful consideration of the issues. Whereas many books on giving focus on either how to give or how much to give, Jeff take a different approach to the material. He looks at timeless principles that the Scriptures present and focuses in on them so that the ready can understand and apply.

    This is a book that one can easily read in one sitting, but is also a work that one may want to read more than once while they prayerfully consider the truths represented.

    I would recommend this book to individuals, small groups, Sunday school classes and entire congregations.

    I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of the Blogging for Books Program.
  3. Penn Hills, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Everyone should get this book.
    July 1, 2013
    Karen N Craig
    Penn Hills, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If I had to give this book a rating on a scale of one to five, I would give it a five. The reason being, it was scripturally based and I loved how Jeff intertwined personal stories throughout.

    People always have questions about how much to give. Should I tithe my net, my gross? Should I give from my structured settlement, my lottery winnings, etc., etc.?

    Jeff solves this dilemma well by explaining the concept of an "acceptable gift". I believe a lot of people misunderstand what acceptable means. They believe that it means it's good enough or this will suffice. But that's not what acceptable means. Acceptable means that it is pleasing to God. Therefore, it should be your best.

    I think all pastors and church leaders should get this book to teach their members on what it means to give an "acceptable gift." Jeff also writes about the four acceptable truths that we can all follow and make our gifts acceptable to God:

    1. The amount matters.

    2. We determine the amount.

    3. We give according to our ability.

    4. The heart makes the gift count.

    If we all can learn and understand these four truths, then we will become more prayerfully and know how much to give and in turn we will be blessed and God will be pleased. So, get the book. Get more than one. As a matter of fact, make sure every member of your church has one.

    I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Here's an outstanding book!
    June 28, 2013
    Scotty
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Plastic Donuts" by Jeff Anderson (published by Multnomah Books) is the best book I've read in several years on the topic of giving.

    Giving?

    I know, the very topic incites a groan and conjures up visions of arguments about tithing, gifts, offerings, legalism and guilt.

    That is NOT what you'll read about in "Plastic Donuts."

    Yes, those items are touched upon in this little hardback booklet, but instead of the "usual" content regarding giving, you'll get an insightful, easy to read, scripturally-based and brilliant discussion on "giving that delights the heart of the Father."

    Have you ever considered that God could be delighted with your gifts? He can be! In "Plastic Donuts," Anderson takes you on a journey of biblical teaching that reveals how your gifts can not only delight God, but deepen your relationship with Him.

    I highly recommend you buy this book, read it, and share it broadly. Further, because this is a small hardback booklet, it is a great resource for churches to provide to every member as a valuable tool for teaching on the topic of giving, or for use in small group studies.

    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."
  5. Denver
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A leading book on church finance
    June 15, 2013
    Justin
    Denver
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There are few topics more scandalous in the church than money. I'd even venture to say that people would rather me talk about sex before I talked about what to do with their money. It's uncomfortable for everyone, preacher and listener alike. To those outside the church (and maybe those inside) the common complaint is that churches only ever talk about money and it's all they really care about. The truth, is that most contemporary church hardly ever talk about money, it just makes people too uncomfortable.

    Don't get me wrong, we pastors try hard to balance it out. For one, it does need to be talked about, but personally, there are things I'd much rather talk about, either because I enjoy them more or I see another issue as more threatening. If given the chance to talk about discipleship or giving more money to the church, I'll take discipleship every time (and yes, I'm aware that the way we give and use money is an issue of discipleship).

    So, with all that said, I must admit that there was a certain level of trepidation that came with receiving the book Plastic Donuts in the mail from Waterbook Multnomah. Giving is one of those things that you are either passionate about (give 10% or else!) or you aren't (why should I support this cause over and against all the other causes that want my money?). I once even saw a job description that listed giving ten percent to the church (from your gross pay) as part of the job requirement. It very explicitly said that if you weren't going to commit to doing that, don't bother applying. It went even further and said that giving to other organizations doesn't count towards the tithe. Ten percent goes to the church. No exceptions. If you wanted to give more to another charity, that was fine, but don't infringe on God's money to the church (you heretic).

    See why people don't like this issue?

    It's why I found Jeff Anderson's book so refreshingly different. It recognizes two very important things:

    God never demands or expect a tithe. (Really, he doesn't. Go look it up. Early leaders of the faith offered it as a joyous gift and the Hebrew people decided to make it the rule).

    God cares deeply about what we give.

    Anderson's main point revolves around the idea that if we don't care about the gift, neither does God. Page 34 explains: "You've heard it said: ‘Every gift is special.' ‘Every gift can make a difference.' ‘No gift is too small.' For secular campaign fund-raising, this might be true. But when it comes to giving to God, there is a problem with these ideas. Not all gifts are special to God. And not all gifts are acceptable."

    Anderson balances well the idea that God wants us to give generously on the one hand and not being legalistic about it on the other. He provides a way forward by talking about gifts that mean something, gifts that ‘hurt'. In essence, for some of us, $20 in the offering plate hurts because the budget is so tight. For others, 10% is given, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to what is in their retirement funds, house, cars, savings plan, and disposable income. For those that are in a place to be more generous, God wants us to be generous enough to give ‘where it hurts' and bless others more abundantly. From page 41, "Singing a worship song is not necessarily worship, and neither is writing a check. But when the heart engages in a meaningful way through a praise song or hymn, it becomes more than just singing. And when the heart engages through a gift that matters, it becomes more than just writing a check."

    As a pastor that has to walk the line of needing to make a budget, and wanting people to give out of the heartfelt gratitude of a transformed life, talking about money is a dangerous (and job threatening) subject. Jeff Anderson's book Plastic Donuts is worthy of a read from any pastor as a way to talk about faithful financial giving and support to God's mision in the world.

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    Disclaimer: I reviewed a free copy of this book through the BloggingForBooks program offered by WaterBrook Multnomah publishing. I was in no way compensated for this review and all views are solely and completely my own. I was not required to offer a positive review either through the publisher or author.
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