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Overview What do generous people know what makes them give gladly and liberally of their time, talents wealth, and other resources? Why should you become such a person-and how can you?
Financial advisor Ron Blue explains why an openhanded spirit is the key to freedom, contentment, and joy. In Generous Living, he shows what happens when you become a giver, and helps you start right where you are cultivating a generous lifestyle.
Publishers Description What do generous people know that makes them give gladly and liberally of their time, talents, wealth, and other resources? Why should you become such a person---and how can you? Financial advisor Ron Blue explains why an openhanded spirit is the key to freedom, contentment, and joy. In Generous Living, he shows what happens when you become a giver, and helps you start right where you are cultivating a generous lifestyle. Pointing you beyond guilt-induced giving, Blue shows you the true, Bible-based way to give effectively, joyfully, and wisely. You ll gain important insights into making a will, setting up a trust and foundation, and teaching your children to give. But better still, you ll find out - why to give - how you can give - where it is best to give - when and how often to give"
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Christianity Today - 01/01/2009 page 72
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After spending his early career on Wall Street and as an entrepreneur, Ron Blue became a Christian in his early 30s. Since 1979, he has held a God given passion to help Christians plan and manage their finances in order to be able to maximize Kingdom giving. Over time, Ron has pursued this passion in several ways. He is the founder of Ronald Blue & Co., the largest fee-only Christian financial planning firm in the country. He has authored twenty books on biblical financial stewardship, including Master Your Money, The Complete Guide to Faith Based Family Finances, and Surviving Financial Meltdown. In 2003, he helped to establish Kingdom Advisors, a ministry that trains financial advisors to integrate biblical wisdom into their client advice. In 2012, Ron partnered with Indiana Wesleyan University to establish The Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning, dedicated to multiplying the message of biblical financial wisdom in the public and academic sectors through curriculum development and thought leadership.
Ron holds a BS and an MBA from Indiana University. He and his wife Judy live in Atlanta, Georgia. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren.
Karen Guess is an educator and writer. She graduated with a B.A. in History from Wake Forest University and spent the next twelve years teaching middle and high school in Japan, inner city Richmond, and suburban Atlanta. For the last eight years, she has worked closely with her father, Ron Blue, both editing and creating content for Kingdom Advisors and The Ron Blue Institute. This is their first book together. Karen and her husband have three children and reside in Clarkston, Georgia, a city that is home to several thousand refugees from all over the world. They are passionate about neighboring in their community and sharing its beauty with others.
Reviews - What do customers think about Generous Living?
Maximize your effectiveness and joy in giving Mar 30, 1999
This book is for those who want to give more and maximize their effectiveness and joy in giving. Blue points out in his book that we have endless opportunities to give of our resources to further God's work here on earth and that we need to give strategically to make our giving as effective as possible. He discusses both the why and the how of giving. He states that we need to have a long term giving plan as part of our overall financial plan. This book showed me how my wife and I could give much more now and in the future with a few minor adjustments in our family budget. Blue challenged me to set a cap on lifestyle at a reasonable level and use the excess income to save, invest and give away. It helped me work through all the practical questions of how much to spend, how much to save and invest and how much to give. Ron Blue states that financial freedom is not found in building up net worth but rather is, "the willingness to be generous with what you have."
A great guide for giving and tithing Jun 29, 1998
(Initial review June 29, 1998) I found Mr. Blue's advice to be very helpful in making a plan for giving that would be pleasing to God. Lots of practical advice. If you are ready to get serious about your giving and tithing, you must read this book.
The piece of advice that stands out to me, is that to be a good giver, you must learn how to be a gracious receiver. That has changed the way I think about receiving, AND giving.