I Like Giving by Brad Formsma
The subtitle of the book is ‘Practical Ideas, Inspiring Stories’ and Formsma doesn’t disappoint on either count. I Like Giving is 210 pages of encouragement to engage generous giving as a lifestyle rather than viewing it through the lens of ten percent. The illustrative stories that compose the majority of the book do two things; they primarily give us inspirational stories retelling the giving experiences of the author and others but also provide insight into the long-term effects that giving can have as God works through the provision of others. It is the end-end result that we usually never get to see that is often the greatest benefit of a gift.
The book is a breezy read that will inspire you to take action, even it is just to pass the book on to someone else who might likewise be inspired. Formsma emphasizes that an important line needs to be crossed in our lives, transitioning from thought to action. It’s one thing to be inspired and have your heart warmed and yet another to be inspired, lace up your sneakers and go give. The biblical author James makes the same comment, saying “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?”
I’m grateful to WaterBrook Press who provided this book for review.
The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
Quite simply, you cannot argue with this book. It is simultaneously convicting and edifying as the Treasure Principle does not come from the mind of Brother Alcorn, it comes directly from the Scriptures. Ultimately, the reader cannot arrive at any conclusion other than everything we treasure belongs to God and we are but managers of this treasure during our fleeting days in this world. Once that attitude has come set in the believers mind, behavioral change is soon to follow.
Unlike other books on this topic, Alcorn uses just a handful of application illustrations of a personal nature. This is not a ‘name it and claim it’ guide nor is it a strategy for managing your wealth for greater return. It is, on the other hand, an exemplary survey of the what the Bible has to say about the handling and giving of God’s wealth that he entrusts to his people. Randy organizes a series of principles under the guiding light you can’t take it with you – but you can send it on ahead.
You will read this book in a couple of hours but you will spend many days and weeks thinking about the principles. Inarguable, you are confronted with the uncomfortable truths that the Spirit will use to prick your conscience as He realigns your priorities. Only the most callous will walk away from the book unmoved. Others will carefully and prayerfully review the true object of their heart and begin to make the necessary adjustments.
I am grateful to Multnomah Books who provided this copy for review.