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Saturday, March 15, 2014


I Like GivingI received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program.

There is some good that could be taken from this book. Wise acts of generosity could well be considered among the good works we are to encourage each other to do, and there are some accounts in this book that could well be good ones to read and think about.

When I choose to give with no strings attached and no sense of obligation, I have the sense that I am valuable, that I am needed, that I make the world a better place", or "Remember, giving is for you--it gives you life", then this seems to be doing much the same thing that Lewis describes. 
I wondered as I read what If my act of generosity is more about making myself feel good, or about giving life to myself, rather than a real and genuine concern for the one whom I wish to help, then am I really being generous? Am I not really being selfish?

I Like Giving by Brad Formsma is thoroughly positive. The premise is straightforward, simply, and hopeful. Formsma wants the reader to know that life is better when generosity is a life practice. He clearly takes tremendous joy in giving made me want to volunteer. The book is comprised of his own ideas about giving. Story after story of people, each told in first person and shared with Formsma through his organization, are interspersed throughout the book. Overall, I find it to be uplifting.

It is loosely grounded in theology and in psychological theory, but the references are sparse. Scripture appears to influence Formsma’s worldview.  Much of what Jesus said is alluded to, but chapter and verse are not given. I read once and it was good maybe I should of gotten it from a library

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