One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 3, 2009 - Religion - 224 pages
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What if you, personally, could make the world a better tomorrow?

Debbie Macomber knows the secret to doing exactly that! In a world that seems too often stingy and grudging, she has witnessed how one simple act of generosity can yield unforeseen miracles.

You are about to discover, through true stories, what happens when we commit intentional acts of generosity. Lives are changed in ways we never envisioned. Come with Debbie late one evening through the checkout line at the grocery store. Visit a midwestern train station. Discover the link between a submarine, a few bread crumbs, and some minnows. Visit ancient Galilee as a young boy volunteers his fishes and loaves to Jesus only to see his meager gift multiplied many times over to feed five thousand. Listen in on a touching phone call with an elderly widow. You will stand amazed at what God accomplishes when we make ourselves available through simple acts of generosity.

This blend of true stories and motivating messages will delight and surprise you as you discover how giving the gifts of time, encouragement, hope, laughter, prayer, hospitality, service, and even forgiveness can have lasting, life-changing impact, not only on the recipient of such gifts but on the giver as well.

Debbie Macomber, through the power of story, invites us to live with open hands, offering who we are and what we have to God, to use in the lives of others. When we do so, lives--including our own--are changed in ways we couldn't have imagined. All it takes is one simple act.

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User Review  - pennsylady - LibraryThing

A simplistic but genuine look at generosity, gratitude and the Christian perspective. Sometimes told in life stories and often in simple exposition, it was a worthy look at "living a good life" Read full review

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User Review  - WillowOne - LibraryThing

I don't know how much more I can say other than Wow, you really need to read this book! I have read, re-read and put many of these ideas into practice in my own life and I know I am better for it. I ... Read full review


Fleas Footsteps and Checkout Lanes
Loaves Fishes and Miracle Math
Keys Candy and Army Men
Spilled Latte Backpacks and Tollbooths
A Memory a Guard and an Outstretched Hand
A Coach a Cough Drop and a Light Bulb
Point Hope a Piano Recital and a House Yet to Come
Static Stories and ChowChow
Waiting Rooms Blossoms and Letters That Last
Glue Legends and a Slumber Party
A Kingdom Ten Dollars and Afghans of Love
Red Stars Research and a Rolex
A Question an Opportunity and a Conversation
A Treasure a Shawl and a Hymn over the Phone
Giving God the Last Word

Jambalaya Cupcakes and the North Platte Canteen

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Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today’s most popular authors. Visit her at

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