I Like Giving


I cannot remember a time in my life when my parents didn’t instill us with the message that “to whom much is given, much is expected”. Generosity was very much central to my family when I was growing up. And Ryan and I have tried very hard to make it central to our family as well.

Have you seen any of the viral I Like Giving videos? I have shared a few of them here on the blog and on Facebook. Their mission is simple. To encourage generosity. Simply that. And not necessarily big, grand sweeping gestures of generosity. But simply encouraging all of us to live our lives more generously. So very simple. But imagine if it really caught on. It would radically change the world.

I have known Brad and Laura the founders of I Like Giving for several years. And I was so excited when I found out Brad was writing a book filled with stories of generosity. I knew it would be something worth reading and sharing with others. They asked me if I would share it with my readers and I could not wait!

I Like Giving: The Transforming Power of a Generous Life is inspiring and helpful in giving practical suggestions on easy ways to be generous and how to raise generous kids. Brad tells personal stories and stories shared by others about how to not just be generous with your money but be generous with your life.

Want to see how a small act of generosity can have a huge effect on someone’s life? Check out I Like Giving’s latest video, I Like College.

Want to be inspired some more? I have 5 copies of I Like Giving: The Transforming Power of a Generous Life for you. To enter simply leave a comment letting me know a simple way you like to be generous.


  1. On our recent trip to Chicago, we bought donuts and milk to pass out to people who were begging on the Michigan Ave street corners. It was my sister in law’s idea- feeling the conviction to not judge if or why they were there and it was a great, simple way for our two girls (8 and 7) to show love.

    For her birthday party, my oldest chose to have the guests bring supplies and toys for the kids in Bangladesh (she went there last November) instead of gifts for herself.
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    • Love those!! We have tried to encourage our kids not to do presents for birthdays either : http://justjilly.com/why-we-dont-do-presents-on-birthdays/

  2. Barbara says:

    My kids & I spend the entire year doing random acts of kindness … Not just at Christmas. We bring ice cream to construction workers in the summer, hot coco to strangers in the fall & winter & pay the bill for the car behind us at the drive thru .. Just to be a few. It’s addictive! My kids & I love “kindness bombing” people in our community!!

  3. Delirah R. says:

    Wow. Reading the previous comments really made me feel like I can do more than just the standard donating money or paying for the person’s coffee behind me at the coffee shops. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jessica says:

    I am a coffee feen and my day is not OK until I have it. That said, sometimes I need to stop at Dunkin Donuts for it. I always pay for the order behind me too. Coffee can make or break your day and having a generous act done with it can completely turn around someone’s day. The person behind me might be driving a nice Mercedes and he is all decked out in his hundreds of dollars suit BUT I don’t know his story. He could have been laid off and is out job searching or he could of lost his wife recently to cancer. Whatever their story I hope it makes their day a little brighter and more energized :)

  5. We just talked about this book at our last small group! I love paying for the car behind me at Starbucks… especially if it is a mom in a minivan. We have also started donating all our clothes that the boys outgrow to people we know who have adopted. And if anyone asks us for a donation, we always try to give something. I want generosity to be second nature, not a chore.
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  6. Sarah says:

    We were incredibly blessed by the meals ministry at or church after the birth of our second daughter. I realized that such a simple gesture can be such a game changer for a new mom. It got me thinking about how simple it is to make a little extra while preparing our own meal and passing it on to someone else.

    • Sarah says:

      One of my favorite things to do is to drop a meal off to a friend or neighbor for no reason. It seems God is always faithful in the timing being more ideal than I would’ve ever realized on my own

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