Saturday, March 01, 2014

Enjoying the power of Giving!

Most people have a very difficult time giving away their money and possessions.  We want to receive money and possessions, but freely giving away our "stuff" is so difficult.  Brad Formsma has written a book in which he focuses on the act of giving.  He has entitled the book, "I Like Giving: The Transforming Power of a Generous Life."

As Formsma writes,
There is something incredible about giving when it's our idea.  Opening our eyes and ears to the people around us and asking "How can we give?" is a profoundly life-giving and satisfying way to life.  One of Jesus's ideas was that it is more blessed to give than to receive.  I have found that to be true.  The generous life is the only life worth living.

Formsma has many illustrations which help the reader learn more about the nature of giving and what happens to us when we freely give.  There are times when reading the book that I felt he was being redundant.  At times I was not certain what his point ultimately was.  Yet, in the end, I believe Formsma makes his point about the joy and transforming power we can receive when we joyfully and freely give to others.  

Chapters include ~ 
  1. The Power of One Gift
  2. Beginnings
  3. Try
  4. What Happens When We Give
  5. The Science of Giving
  6. Giving Filters
  7. Tactics
  8. Family
  9. Community
  10. Receiving
  11. Becoming a Gift
  12. A Generous World
You can watch a short video by Brad Formsma, which describes the reasons for the book, HERE.

 Overall, this is a book which can energize people to begin the process of giving.

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