The book I Like Giving (releasing on Feb. 18/14) is written by Brad Formsma, the creator of ilikegiving.com.
I Like Giving is a very personal and human look at generosity. The book is made up of numerous stories from people who stepped out to participate in various compassionate and creative acts of generosity. What I appreciate about this look at generosity is that it isn’t solely focused on financial generosity. The sky is the limit on how we can be generous and give in powerful ways to those around us.
Although the book talks at length about the beauty of giving, it doesn’t romanticize it, and instead honestly addresses the challenges that can accompany giving. Sometimes being generous is awkward and sometimes people will reject our generosity, but that shouldn’t stop us from being generous people. Another aspect of giving that the book does a great job at unpacking is being good at receiving. Often times we are great at giving but we are poor at being the recipient of someone else’s generosity. This was a great reminder about allowing others to receive the blessing of giving by being good at receiving.
On top of the great content in the book, it is also a very attractive book and is laid out in a really interesting way.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
- “When we choose to give, we change, and the people around us change. When we move from awareness to action, miracles happen” (p. 6).
- “Sometimes we need to give more than other people need to receive” (p. 50).
- “…my compassion can’t be directed by other people’s decisions” (p. 88).
- “…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” (p. 172-173).
I would definitely recommend this book as a practical and inspirational look at generosity.
Check out ilikegiving.com for more information, short films, stories and more. You can also follow this movement on Facebook and on Twitter (@ilikegiving). Click HERE to read the first chapter of this book for free.
Below is a trailer for the book I Like Giving.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.