My Favorite Book and the Concept of Giving

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I have always loved reading. I read books, magazines, newspapers, wrappers, flyers, and any printed material that I can get my hands on.  I believe this love for reading has served me in good stead especially now that I am regularly writing.

My all-time favorite book is "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein.  It is categorized as an inspirational children's book but its message is not bounded in any way by age.  I can read it over and over and get affected by the story in the same intensity as when I first read it.

It is a very simple book and for that I love it more.  I have read it to my children and hope that they get its message of the gift of giving.  Its message is so tenderly put forward to the reader that one will find it impossible not to go with the flow.

"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy."
The first line to the last takes us to a complete journey of giving genuine love and acceptance of what others can give in return.  The use of the tree as the giver is truly representative of one person who is willing to give everything from the coolness of its shade down to its last stump for rest and comfort.

My Say

The act of giving is expected from people who have more than what they need in life.  However, those who have just enough or less can give according to their capacity.  It is such a wonder how so many people who have less in life have more capacity to give.  

That said, we cannot say that we truly love unless we are able to give without counting and without waiting for anything in return.  Even then, there is nothing to stop the recipient from showing appreciation and gratitude.  The concept of giving is not based on the expectation of reciprocation but it really wouldn't hurt to give back when able.








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13 comments

  1. this is a really interesting book to read.

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  2. I would love to read this with my niece and nephews. Interesting story!

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  3. I used to love reading books but when I started blogging it shifted my interest.

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  4. this is biblical and just like what it says in the bible, it's better to give than to receive. Little of big, it's the thought that counts :D

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  5. i do love reading to way back years years past:)

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  6. I haven't read this book yet. I should try to find it at my fave book store or online and get myself a copy for my voracious reader here! :)

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  7. I am a type of person like to listen but not into reading books. I read to my kids but for myself sigh too lazy... It is nice to give it feels good if someone is happy to receive it.

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  8. I think I have read this book before but wasn't able to finish reading it. I think I should probably be finishing it now ;) Thanks

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  9. I've read this book already and I love it. It teaches a lesson and when you read further on, it will touch your heart strings.

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  10. What a beautiful book to read and learn the value of giving :-)

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  11. indeed an interesting book. I also love reading and i read many novels.

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  12. That's one nice book to let my kids read!

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  13. This is such a refreshing blog post. Indeed, the act of giving shouldn't be forgotten. It's how we show we love and care. Anyway, I haven't read "The Giving Tree" yet but I'll make sure to find a copy soon :)

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