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I Like GivingTitle: I Like Giving: The Transforming Power of a Generous Life  

Author: Brad Formsma

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The title of this book originally caught my eye, because I do like giving! I’d recently been despairing because I realized that all the self-help books out there, while definitely useful and good, were just that–focused on self. They were all about helping you in your marriage or how to get over your past or how you could be a better cook. Please don’t get me wrong, those are all great things, and working to better ourselves by sheer default also happens to better the lives of those around us, too.

But what I was craving and felt like the Christian market was missing was a book simply focused on loving others– what we could do for them, and ideas on how to do it.

I Like Giving was the answer to that craving!

This book is filled with practical ideas, inspirational stories, and all the benefits of giving packaged in a fun, colorful book that made it easy enough to read in a day. It’s a very simple read (don’t expect fancy vocabulary or complex theological discourse), but that’s part of the appeal of the entire thing.

Anybody can read this book, and anybody can give! There’s no rule book for giving. You don’t have to be a preacher. You don’t have to have a certain degree. You don’t even have to have a big checkbook. It’s all about the heart and the honor of God being able to use you to make a difference in somebody else’s life–whether it’s as simple as giving of your time, or as big as writing a check with a lot of zeroes. Each of them are giving. And each are a beautiful thing because of the people they touch.

This book and what it talks about is something that’s very close to my heart, and it challenged me to take my giving to the next level. You can never love or give too much. You’ve heard it said: “You can’t out-give God,” and it’s true. He fills our cups to overflowing so that we can share out of the overflow, and how much joy it brings to do so! It’s one of the greatest privileges I know to be able to share God’s love and grace with others. Not because of anything I’ve done or am, but because of what He’s done and Is. Not for my name, but for His.

While I Like Giving challenged me to give more, it did it in a way that was very non-condemning. I didn’t feel guilty after reading; just inspired and encouraged by the true stories of people who gave or were given to and had their lives changed forever.

If you’re craving a book that’s radical, that might just leave you changed when you turn that last page, and, at the end of the day isn’t even really about you, then I Like Giving is your book!

(I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.) 

In the spirit of I Like Giving, I will be giving away one free copy of this book to a U.S. resident! The giveaway will be open for one week starting today, August 27th, and ending on next Wednesday, September 3rd. The winner will be chosen through random.org and notified via e-mail. The winner will have until midnight Friday night (Sept. 5th) to claim their prize, or it will be given to the runner-up. 

To ENTER leave a comment with your e-mail answering one of these questions: 1) Tell us about a time someone gave to you when you needed it or least expected it. What did it mean to you? or 2) Tell us about a time you gave to someone else. How did it change you?

To find out more about the “I Like Giving” organization/movement and to see more of their stories and videos, visit them here: http://www.ilikegiving.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Today I am so excited to host Dani Pettrey, author of the award-winning Alaskan Courage series, as well as having the privilege to give away one copy of her newest book, Silenced! Read on to find out more about Dani and how you can enter.

Dani PettreySo glad to have you, Dani! How did you first get your start in writing?

I have always loved daydreaming and making up stories. I dabbled with creative writing growing up, but set it aside. It wasn’t until after the birth of my youngest daughter and a bout with a serious illness, that I really felt God stirring me to start writing again.

All four of the books you’ve released so far have an Alaskan setting. Can you tell us where that love of Alaska comes from?

I chose Alaska because I wanted a setting that worked well for adventure and suspense. Alaska is a gorgeous state full of adventurous possibilities, and there is an inherent risk of danger if you aren’t prepared properly. It seemed the perfect fit.

You have a new release out called Silenced–can you tell us a little bit more about that?

A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna’s route leads her to a face-to-face encounter with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something sinister? When the case is handed to the overburdened sheriff, he turns to Jake Westin. With Jake’s past now revealed, he’s ready to use his talent for investigation again-–but he could never prepare for where the case will take him.

Kayden and Jake soon realize that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is on to them. When strange things begin happening in Yancey, Jake is terrified that once again his world may put someone he loves in danger.

But the truth is far worse than either of them imagine.

Authors often talk about God teaching them something through the stories they’re writing, or discovering something at the same moment their character does. What’s one memorable thing the Lord’s taught you through your writing?

The Lord has taught me through life and through the Alaskan Courage series that He is in control, that He is always with us, and that He has a plan. None of that means we will have a perfect life free from trouble. Jesus tells us specifically we will have trouble in this world, but He is with us through it all. Seeing my characters experience sorrow and loss and seeing the Lord carrying them through has mirrored what I’ve experienced in my own life and helped reaffirm God’s abiding presence in all circumstances.

You just recently had surgery–how are you doing, and how can I and my readers pray for you?

Thank you so much for asking. I’m recovering very well, thanks. Prayers for continued healing and no future problems would be wonderful. Prayers for my writing to be guided by God and for every story to be for His glory would be amazing too.

Thank you so much for stopping by, Dani! It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know you better! 🙂

Thank you so much for having me!

Ways to connect with Dani:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DaniPettrey
Website: http://www.danipettrey.com
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/danipettrey

~ About the Giveaway ~


Silenced, PettreyReaders, I am so blessed to be able to offer the chance for one randomly selected winner to receive a free copy of Dani’s book, Silenced! Here’s the details:

One winner will be randomly selected using the services of Random.org.

No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries.

U.S. residents only are eligible to enter, starting from today, May 28th, 2014, and lasting until midnight (MST) of May 30th, 2014.

Enter by leaving a comment with your e-mail address. Your e-mail will only be used to notify you if you’ve won.

The winner will be notified by e-mail and announced here the morning of May 31st, 2014.

You will have until midnight (MST) of the 31st to claim your prize, otherwise the prize will be awarded to the second runner-up as chosen by Random.org, and so on.

If you’ve won, you will be notified and contacted for your mailing address so that your prize can be delivered to you.

Best of luck, and thank you so much to Dani Pettrey, Amanda Dykes of PulsePoint Design, and Bethany House for the amazing opportunity to host this giveaway!