Giving is Living

I_Like_Giving_1110_624“Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.” ~ Dr. Kent Keith

Brad Formsma, the creator of the inspirational likegiving.com takes us on the wild ride of generosity and paying attention to the needs that surround us each day. Throughout his new book I Like Giving, we are reminded to keep our eyes and ears open to those around us and to choose to give. When we do so, we not only change the lives of the people around us but we are also changed forever.

This book is filled with encouraging stories of those who have embraced a life of generosity and followed their “nudges” to give even when they weren’t sure why. Each story challenges us to find life by giving it away. In return, we find responses like “you have just changed my view of humanity” or a simple “thank you for acknowledging me.”

Brad does a great job of reminding us that a life of giving can be messy and not always end with a thankful response from the receiver. Compassion compels us to give selflessly with a realization that we should not be doing it for the recognition. What the receiver does with our gift is their decision. It doesn’t matter in the end because we still leave changed.

Although the book spends most of its pages reminding us that “giving is living” and sharing simple everyday ways to live a generous life, the author has a wonderful chapter on how to be a good receiver. We are reminded that if we are not good receivers, we are ultimately robbing others from the opportunity to give and truly live! Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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