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Generous Living: Finding Contentment Through Giving Paperback – September 1, 1997
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From the Author
Ron Blue is founder and president of Ronald Blue & Co., which offers financial and investment counsel, estate and retirement planning, tax and business services, and assistance with charitable giving strategies, wealth transference, and related areas. He is the author of nine books, including Generous Living, Master Your Money, Raising Money Smart Kids, and Taming the Money Monster. Judy Blue has spent 22 years teaching and discipling women. Jodie Berndt is a freelance writer and the author of Celebration of Miracles. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with her husband and their four children
From the Back Cover
What do generous people know that makes them give gladly and liberally of their time, talents, wealth, and other resources? Why should you become such a person---and how can you? Financial advisor Ron Blue explains why an openhanded spirit is the key to freedom, contentment, and joy. In Generous Living, he shows what happens when you become a giver, and helps you start right where you are cultivating a generous lifestyle. Pointing you beyond guilt-induced giving, Blue shows you the true, Bible-based way to give effectively, joyfully, and wisely. You'll gain important insights into making a will, setting up a trust and foundation, and teaching your children to give. But better still, you'll find out - why to give - how you can give - where it is best to give - when and how often to give
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This also helps to change the "me/mine" mentality and loosen one's grasp rather than holding on greedily to the assets under management. When we realize that God can easily give or take away and that we are simply His managers, we no longer worry about holding tightly to "our stuff." This perspective makes it much easier to lend someone your car or volunteer your time or even give your money. Since God is the ultimate CEO calling the shots, if He sees fit to use "our" money, time, or resources, we should give with a glad and willing heart.
In addition to providing insight into maintaining a generous mindset, Mr. Blue also provides excellent practical advice on topics such as defining financial and giving goals and working towards them, creating a budget, strategic giving (meaning research organizations and individuals you give to and expect accountability to their stated mission and how they use the resources rather than giving blindly), estate planning and how to transfer wealth, whether large or small, to heirs and charitable organizations.
While the book was written 11+ years ago and some of the commentary could benefit from updating based on world and market events that have occurred since that time, it contains timeless principles which will apply long into the future.
I found Mr. Blue's advice to be very helpful in making a plan for giving that would be pleasing to God. Lots of practical advice. If you are ready to get serious about your giving and tithing, you must read this book.
The piece of advice that stands out to me, is that to be a good giver, you must learn how to be a gracious receiver. That has changed the way I think about receiving, AND giving.