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I Like Giving

The Transforming Power of a Generous Life
Narrated by: Brad Formsma
Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
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"Important and exciting! I Like Giving could be the beginning of a movement of generosity." (Mark Batterson)

When you choose to live a generous life, you start to change, and so does the world around you. Something incredible happens when giving becomes your own idea, not something you do out of duty or obligation. When you move from awareness to action, miracles happen. As you make giving a lifestyle, you'll realize you're not only loving life more, you're also creating a more generous world - a better world for all of us.

Rich with inspiring stories and practical suggestions, I Like Giving helps you create a lifestyle of generosity. In it you'll find:

  • Giving - something you get to do, not something you've got to do
  • How to raise kids with a sensitivity to others' needs
  • You don't have to be a millionaire to make a difference
  • Practical ideas for giving to people around you every day

I Like Giving is about experiencing the joy of giving. We all have something to give. Giving goes way beyond money or things. It can be a listening ear, a touch, or simply the gift of time. Giving is living.

©2017 eChristian (P)2017 eChristian

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-09-2018

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I heard Brad speak on a Wednesday and picked up his book immediately on Audible then listened to the whole thing the following Sunday in just one sitting...

Well almost one sitting - I was just getting into the second chapter while filling my car up with gas at the corner store where I always go. Most of my adult life I have been generous but I was kind of generous only in grand ways like with a large checks that allowed me to feel good about myself without actually getting my hands dirty. But this day as I was listening to his book, a guy pulled in at the pump behind me and from the look of the car and his clothing I could tell he didn't have a lot. Almost immediately I felt the nudge, the urge that Brad was talking about in the book. So, I tried to think of a way to do something generous and thought maybe I would leave the pump running and let him fill his car up with gas. But he never came out of the store and my tank filled up, the pump shut off, and I just convinced myself that wasn't what I was being urged to do. I started to drive away, but the urge was so strong that I stopped the car and put it in park.

The previous week somebody also told me about a little thing they did where they put an envelope on somebody's car with a note that said, if you needed the money to take the money, but if you didn't need it, to put some more money in the envelope and pass it on to the next car. So I sat there with the car in park, looking for a piece of paper, going to write that same note, but there were no slips of paper that were remotely feasible for writing such a note and while I was looking for paper the guy walked out of the store anyway. So I had to do the unthinkable. I had to interact with a stranger.

Even as I was getting out of the car I was thinking about whether I was going to offend the guy or what might happen if I offered to give him money. But I quickly came up with a story that I figured would make him feel good about taking the money if he needed it and eased my concern about somehow hurting his feelings. I told him that somebody else gave me this $10 bill and told me that if I needed it, I should keep it and if I didn't, I had to find a total stranger and pass it on to them, giving them the same charge.

So, tapping on his window I said, hey you don't know me and told him my little made up story and here is $10. If he needed it, he should keep it and if he didn't, he should pass it on. The response was surprising to say the least. He told me that his $300 rent was due and he only had $295 and was there trying to figure out how he could get the store to let him charge money to a credit card or something. His girlfriend was never going to believe that some random stranger gave him the $10 that they needed to cover the rent. I told him well, I guess that's the way God works. God bless and have a good afternoon.


Wow, we really do serve an amazing God with a spirit that works a lot of angles to prepare our minds and hearts to do simple things for even the least of these - a cup of cold water in his name. Praise God for the blessing of being able to be generous. And thank you God for books like this teaching me something new about generosity and the impact of just two mites.

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  • George
  • 26-12-2017

Nice Idea, boring book

What would have made I Like Giving better?

I know it is better to give than to receive, but this book did not really enlighten that concept much for me. It's orientation was too Jesus-focused for my tastes. But then I guess I should have noticed that it is published by Christian Audio.
Also, at one point the author states that he gives away 50% of his income every year. I was wondering if he is a clergyman, so his income is non-taxable to start, because he gives away everything to individuals insteadt of 501c charities, so he would get no tax deduction for this giving, making it quite an expensive proposition.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Alexander Hamilton

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was OK

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Like Giving?

I would choose some other stories that are broader in scope ar involved other cultures outside the USA.

Any additional comments?

nope

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