The Giving Myths: Giving Then Getting the Life You’ve Always Wanted by Steve McSwain


The American Dream goes like this: “get all you can, save all you can, achieve all you can.” If you do, you’ll be happy, healthy and enter your retirement years with peace and tranquility. The only problem with this: it’s a myth. The life people really want is found not in getting but giving.

In The Giving Myths, author Dr. Steve McSwain makes a compelling argument that your highest purpose in life is to give yourself away and generously share your abundance with the world. Any other way to self-actualization and personal fulfillment is a dead-end. Contrary to popular culture, the life you’ve always wanted isn’t found in career choice, personal achievements, or even the amount of money you may amass in a lifetime. Instead, it’s found in one of the simplest, yet most challenging, principles ever given by the greatest teacher who ever lived. Miss getting and living by this principle and you’ll miss getting the life you’ve always wanted.

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Dr. Steve McSwain is an award-winning author, speaker, adjunct professor, and spiritual teacher. He created The Foundation for Excellence in Giving, Inc., a church/parish consulting firm committed to providing consultation and guidance to leaders who seek to create a more charitable and compassionate spiritual community. For more than twenty years, Steve was a senior minister for churches in Kentucky and Georgia. For the last two decades, he has provided executive counsel to hundreds of churches representing virtually every Christian communion in America. These churches have ranged in size between 200 and 20,000 and, collectively, they have raised more than a half billion dollars for worthy causes.

The Giving Myths is in its second printing and is regarded by religious leaders representing all traditions as a most insightful and inspiring book on generosity. His most recent book, The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God view here was one of two finalists in the IndieBook Awards at the Global Book Expo, May 2011 recognized in the category, “Most Inspirational Book of the Year.” As an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Kentucky, Steve not only teaches the art of speaking but is himself a professional speaker. He is frequently invited to speak to congregations, as well as Chamber of Commerce events and at leadership conferences for community and business leaders. Steve is an executive coach who guides a select client list in the art of leadership, the laws of success in business and in life, the life you live, and the legacy you leave.

The Life You’ve Always Wanted

Video clip of recent generosity workshop at a high school in Derby, KS. Three hundred people gave three hours to explore THE GIVING MYTHS: GIVING THEN GETTING THE LIFE YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED

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