Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I LIKE GIVING by Brad Formsma

“Tracy Autler, a single mother of a three-year-old, eight months pregnant, she was relying on welfare and food stamps to get by…Tracy would do the best she could with canned food.” This was taking place Thanksgiving 1993. Someone knocked on her door. It was a delivery from the local restaurant with a full Thanksgiving dinner. Tracy was so moved by the generosity that she starting helping others, by giving the moment she was able to get off welfare.

 This is the beginning of Brad Formsma’s book. Throughout, there are compassionate stories of people giving to others. Brad shares his moments of giving, as well as his wife and children with their own stories.

 Susan and her husband had divorced. They have two sons, Nathan and Tony. He remarried to Eve who already had a son named Gabriel. When it came time for Nathan’s wedding, everyone was worried about the strained relationship between Susan and eve. It was time for the groom and mother dance. Susan was dancing with Nathan and then suggested he ask Eve to dance with him. “Are you sure?” he asked. I was.” Susan decided to share her dance with Eve because she had lost Gabriel to a tragic car accident. Susan felt this would be only time Eve would ever have for a mother and son dance. As I read Susan’s story, I could feel the heartfelt compassion she had and the appreciation of Eve.

 In between the ‘I Like’ testimonies, Mr. Formsma discusses his own giving experiences with giving. He further encourages everyone to ‘like giving’ of themselves to others. He explains the fulfillment it gives once you start. It is important to set an example for the next generations behind us. There are twelve chapters of giving experiences as told by the givers. Once you finish reading, you will find yourself wanting to share their stories with those around you. I recommend this book to those understanding the importance of giving and to those who want to learn how to begin giving.

 I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this unbiased review.

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