Charity

The Gifts of Giving

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
82 Pages
Reviewed on 04/16/2015
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Author Biography

Garret Biss was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and now resides in New Bern, North Carolina.

Since 1999, Garret has enjoyed the honor of serving his country as a United States Marine. A KC-130J pilot by trade, he is now preparing for his transition from the Marine Corps by pursuing two of his career as an author and philanthropist.

Garret's other passion, which will be the topic of discussion in many of his future books, is learning and sharing ideas to help others lead more successful and fulfilling lives. Believing that continued personal growth and life-long learning are the foundation of this way of life, Garret's mission is "to foster a community of scholars who encourage one another to study life, happiness, faith and prosperity."

Garret is the founder of One Million Goal, Inc. Through the efforts of this organization, Garret aims to fulfill his personal goal of raising enough money and awareness to provide clean water to 1 million men, women, and children who currently lack access to this crucial resource.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Charity: The Gifts of Giving is a non-fiction religion/philosophy book written by Garret Biss. In it, the author explores the concept of charity and the effects that giving can have on your personal well-being and happiness. Charity, he explains, takes many forms. It can be a kind word to a friend or colleague, or a thoughtful gift. Tithing to one's church is also a form of charity. In each chapter, Biss describes an aspect of charity and offers suggestions for the reader to implement this exercise of giving in his Actions assignments. No donation is too small in the author's view; he advises that the reader give what he can and shows how designating a portion of one's income for charity can make the act of giving easier. He also gives information on how to set up charities and fund raise for them.

Garret Biss' non-fiction motivational book, Charity: The Gifts of Giving, is filled with ideas that are easily put into practice, and you don't need to have a lot of money to get started. I liked how the author demonstrated through his personal experiences every aspect covered in this book. As I was reading it, I started brain-storming on what I could do and how I could use my personal skills to help others. Biss' attitude on charity and giving is quite contagious. His ideas on charitable donations and the links he provides for finding charities that resonate with the giver are very helpful. In addition, his ideas on fundraising are first-rate, especially those which utilize social media to give your charitable efforts the widest distribution. This inspiring book may seem small at first, but it's really very big on ideas to make acts of charity a part of your everyday life. Charity: The Gifts of Giving is most highly recommended.

Tammy Morrison

This book was an incredible read! I am a huge proponent of charity and Garret hit the nail on the head with this book. You get out of life what you put into it. By reaching out to others, we gain fulfillment and a sense of purpose. Everyone needs to read this book!

Brian

It is time to open the eyes to the public and teach each other about giving. This is one of the most important steps in correcting all of today's ill's.

Nate Heilman

A refreshingly real read! The time to re-think giving is here and Garret literally challenges us to do so in this quick, life changing, book. Keeping true to the essence of the book Garret doesn't just tell the story of giving, he calls on you to put the lessons to work so that you might enjoy the "Gift" for yourself.

Steve Tyson

Astonishing insight on the power of being charitable. Garret has mastered the ability to render new insight on an old message. I have read it twice.

Justin Lopez

I have already recommended this book to many of my friends and will continue to. It's amazing how a simple act of kindness can promulgate happiness to everyone around the giver and the recipient, the message I this book is simple but speaks volumes to the reader. I once spoke with Garret for about an hour and he changed my perspective of life and honestly my happiness and he's done it again in a few short pages. A must read!

Lori Worley

Just when I thought I had flipped the giving Rubix cube on all of its sides, Garret's book was an inspiration to take my own giving habits to a different, better place in the new year.

Corey Purdie

Now, I realize my purpose! We all have a purpose in this world and it's obviously that Garret Biss has found his purpose. After reading his book I'm closer to walking in my purpose and he simply explains why we all should give of ourselves in order to make this a better world. So, take the opportunity to read this book and your life just simply can't be the same and I love the concept of him donating a portion of proceeds to mission!

Leah

What a great reminder of the good that can come when we are willing to give of ourselves to others. It is so easy to get caught up in the stress and frustrations of life, but sometimes looking outward is the best way to remember that we have so much to offer. I loved this quick, easy read and the motivation it inspired.

Dawn Michel

This is an inspiring, honest look at the impact of giving and generosity on one's personal perspective, mindset, and life. The actions listed at the end of each chapter are practical steps that can be used by readers who find themselves at the beginning of their own journey of generosity, while the insights throughout will recharge anyone's drive to help others, and help build confidence that they really can make a difference - in themselves as well as others.

Colin

This was a great read and a great reflection on what is at the heart of giving. I know Garret so this will be a biased review - however, knowing the character of the man only makes this first effort all the more exciting. Garret has a true heart for charity and a true passion for writing and encouraging others. I will read this book many times over the years to remind myself what giving is really all about. Keep your eye on Garrett Biss as he is destined for great things.

Jack Canfield, Bestsellin

This book is a gift that will transform your appreciation for charity and the act of giving.

Victor Rodriguez

I must say that I found Garret's words profound and deeply meaningful. However, what I struggled with was understanding how his actions run counter to his message. I still haven't been able to make sense of how Garret approached my wife at a coffee shop, knowing she was married and extended his phone number and an invitation to his office. Or how he carried on text message contact with her while we were out on a date, trying to repair our marriage. Now it’s true that her and I were having issues, and she stated for the umpteenth time in our marriage that she wanted a divorce, yet we had just been intimate 2 days before, and 3 days prior she reaffirmed her commitment to this marriage. From his writings, I’d have never expected such behavior. Especially when you consider that he is a former Marine, and I am in the Marine Corps on active duty. There’d be some expectation of brotherhood and honor when considering his written words. His spoken word that there would be no contact until our divorce was finalized was also short-lived, as I discovered further communications. It just saddens me that our son, who has implored his mother to work on the marriage, has to suffer at the selfish acts.