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The Giving Myths: Giving Then Getting the Life You've Always Wanted Paperback – June, 2007
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Very often an obsession with wealth-making leads to a closing off to the warm and generous facets of the human spirit. Riches are not commensurate to happiness.
The author examines whether such statements are true bringing up factual examples to illustrate his arguments. He then goes on to dispel some widely believed myths about the concept of charity.
By using clear and rational arguments, McSwain shows readers how it is not necessarily true that charity should be a private matter. He also explains how we can extend the scope and amount of our charity beyond the tithe system described in the Old Testament. There are helpful hints about overcoming the fear of giving and of finding out how much we can give and in which direction our charity should be channeled.
The final chapter explains the book's central thesis fully - It is in giving that we receive. By freeing ourselves from the shackles and wealth-centered lives, we can finally have the life we want - one that is richer and full of exciting possibilities.
Armchair Interviews says: Helpful way to look at charity and how giving benefits us.
Quoting several passages from the Bible, he shows how churches have misinterpreted the words of Jesus and the prophets in order to coerce their congregations into giving more. When guilt tactics fail, the churches turn to encouraging members to become involved to motivate them to generosity. Other topics include the standard of tithing, and equal and fair share giving. And some folks believe they simply can't afford to give.
But once McSwain debunks all of these myths, he reassures us that if we can look past the myths and give generously - to our church or spiritual center, and also to our favorite charities - God will grant us the life we've always wanted. While we may not be showered with material things, we will be given all we need, plus the peace of mind in knowing that we will always be provided for. And isn't that all we really need, anyway?
Reviewer: Alice Berger
Bergers Book Reviews
This book also helped me to understand that our talents and gifts are just that and are to be shared and given back. Steve McSwain has done an outstanding job of putting into words the importance of giving in our lives. This is an excellent book to be shared and as an office manager of a Catholic Church and the mother of two, I plan to do just that...share this book so that others might also learn how to live the life they have always wanted by giving of themselves and their finances more freely.
After reading this book, you will discover for yourself how much you really are ready to give, and it just might surprise you that it is more than you ever expected. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am not sure most people would expect what this book has to say. While some may misread this as yet another book on "prosperity doctrine" nonsense, it isn't. Read morePublished 7 months ago by the kook
The book arrived quickly and in the shape I expected (used) but the content was totally not what I expected. I don't remember where I read the description.Published on November 2, 2012 by Jennifer Glenn