Thursday, May 22, 2014

If you think the act of giving is a burden or just financial think again!

I Like Giving - The Transforming Power of a Generous Life by: Brad Formsma This book takes an individualized and natural look at the subject of generosity. There are several stories from people who took the risk to participate in different, benevolent and ingenious acts of generosity. What I appreciate about this look at generosity is that it is not just about giving money. There are so many different and creative ways to be generous and give in life changing ways to people in our lives, this book touches on a few and encourages you to be inventive.

This is not a glamorous writing on giving it is an honest look at the challenges that come along with giving. Being generous is often clumsy, people will often reject our generosity, we should not allow that to stop us from being a generous person. We are also reminded that part of being a generous person is that we also need to be gracious receivers, if we are not then we are not allowing others the opportunity to serve Christ. This book is very well laid out for easy reading and is a must for any pastor or lay leaders library and will make an excellent book for a small group study.

There are allot of good quotes here are just a couple that stood out to me:

1. When we choose to give, we change, and the people around us change. When we move from awareness to action, miracles happen.

2. Sometimes we need to give more than other people need to receive.

3. my compassion can’t be directed by other people’s decisions.

4. the lines between giving and receiving disappear. You might see yourself as a giver in one situation but realize that the blessing you receive from giving is so great that you are really the receiver.

I would definitely recommend this book as a practical and inspirational look at generosity.

Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.