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I Like Giving: The Transforming Power of a Generous Life Paperback – February 18, 2014
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“Important and exciting! I Like Giving could be the beginning of a movement of generosity.”
—MARK BATTERSON, author of The Circle Maker
“I Like Giving will light you up on the generosity dial.”
—DAVE RAMSEY, host of The Dave Ramsey Show and New York Times best-selling author
“I Like Giving inspires us to explore giving that is full of cheer and joy. These stories have opened up our eyes to
see our daily interactions with people in a whole new way.”
—DAVID and BARBARA GREEN, cofounders of Hobby Lobby
“I Like Giving is a beautifully written book with the right title, because people really do like giving. Brad Formsma
has an inspiring message, and his book should be on every kitchen table, like a daily vitamin for the soul.”
—STEPHEN POST, best-selling author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People
“Brad’s understanding of generosity is a wake-up call for the giver inside us all.”
—MICHAEL JR., award-winning comedian
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The author tells many stories, but one statement really stood out to me. His grandfather wrote him a note when he was fourteen and it said, "Brad, Winston Churchill said you make a living by what you earn and a life by what you give. I thought this would be well worth remembering. Love, Gramps." He goes on to talk about how "prophetic" that note actually was, and how his life changed over time to be less about having and more about giving. But what an incredible thing, to remember spending time with your grandpa (or with any family member!), who spent the time to make things (in the case of his grandpa, it was making loaves of bread together) intending to give them away to others who needed them, and who really taught you - in a practical way - about the power of a gift. That is an incredible legacy to leave behind, it really is!
Later in the book, he tells us that "Joy doesn't come from filling your life with stuff. Joy comes from giving your life away." There are many examples provided of ways to give more away, and to live a life of generosity instead of one that is ultimately about being selfish. Examples are given from the author's life, and from stories submitted by other people. They are some really amazing stories of generosity, and well worth reading! Each section is pretty short, making this an easy book to read in chunks, and it would be a wonderful book to use in a small group.Read more ›
That’s what this book is about.
If you feel stuck in neutral, this is your invitation out. Get ready for a lifestyle of giving that is far more creative and experiential than what obligation and duty have told you. I have always been a big fan of generosity, but this book has pushed me into a deeper awareness of the people around me and how even the smallest gesture of kindness can make a significant difference, for them but also for me. I Like Giving is full of practical wisdom and great stories that will make you want to go out and make your own story. And that’s exactly what you should do because, as the book says, “A generous world is a better world for all of us.”
On TV, at the mall, and next door, we Americans learn that having a nice house, multiple cars, TVs, nice clothes, computers, video games, etc. is "normal." In one of the many powerful giving stories told in I Like Giving, a man and his wife befriend a female student from Russia studying in the US. After she graduated and was preparing to go home, they asked her if she was hesitant about going back (it being the early 90s and Russia being in a state of political and financial turmoil.) "No!" she responded vehemently. "I would never want to be like you Americans. You spend all your time taking care of your things."
I Like Giving is, in the main, a series of giving stories in which Americans (a few of them rich, but many of then middle-class or even poor) respond with generosity to the needs they perceive around them. Most of these stories are simple. A six -year-old girl goes to Target with her mom to buy nail polish, only to instead help two teenage girls afford the nail polish they are eyeing; a man gives his postman a tip and a sincere "thank you for your service"; a college student forgets her laundry in one of the dorm washing machines only to come back the next day to find them dried, neatly folded, and bagged, with a thoughtful note, "just wanted to help you a little bit during this stressful time." The collective weight of all these stories is downright inspirational. If so many Americans can find such thoughtful and creative ways to give, I certainly can too!
Some of the giving stories are bigger.Read more ›
This isn’t a ‘theology book.’ Formsma’s, giving is an act of faith and his response to nudges from the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t unpack this, preach or try to persuade people of the moral obligation to give. Instead he tries to awaken the desire to give by sharing stories and ideas and invites us to look for people and situations we can give towards. This book is an invitation more than a summons.
There is a ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul‘ feel to some of these stories: heartwarming encounters and miraculous answers to prayer. I may just feel sentimental, but I was really touched by a lot of these stories and do find them inspiring. As someone who has been on both side of generous giving–responding to God’s leading to give and someone who has received and sustained by the generosity of others, I encourage you to read this or go to Formsma’s website ilikegiving.com and watch some of the short films which highlight the ways people are giving. Be inspired and do something. I give this book four stars: ★★★★.
Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's so refreshing to read about the power of giving for the giver AND the recipient. I Like Giving inspires me to want to give for the pure joy of being generous and blessing... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mary J. Schaller
Very well written. Fun to read. Real life stories. I do like giving and practice it in my life, however this book gives so many ideas outside the "money box" that I am more... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ann
Because my very small congestion is immersed in a mission of providing free meals for the hungry, we often feel overwhelmed by the energy and finances required. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DCE
Wonderful book! If everybody read it..took it to heart it could change the world. At least it made me want to be a giver!Published 8 months ago by Durwood L Rooker
Great book with a principle that we all need to exhibit on a regular basis. Giving is the single most important action we can even do for mankind.Published 8 months ago by M. Hunt
Just think what a world this would be if we could share like they are trying to help us do with the resources we have, but we waste our energy on possessions. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Berine Peck