Once you see your gifts from God’s perspective, your giving will never be the same.
When she was a toddler, Jeff Anderson’s daughter opened his eyes to how delighted God is with our gifts. She brought him a plastic donut from her play kitchen, and he was surprised by the intensity of his reaction. His delight in receiving this simple gift—and his daughter’s joy in giving it—led him to dig deeper. Anderson would not rest until he found the scriptural connection between our gifts and God’s heart.
Plastic Donuts removes the awkwardness and uncertainty that often accompany discussions about giving. Now you can think differently-and biblically-about what and how you give.
Your gifts can capture God’s attention and connect you more intimately with His heart. Plastic Donuts brings everyone—leaders and followers, teachers and learners—onto the same page.
About Jeff Anderson
JEFF ANDERSON speaks and writes about walking with God, with an approach to discipleship that combines Scripture and story. Jeff began his career as a CPA for a Big Six accounting firm, then became a day trader in the stock market. Following that, he joined Crown Financial Ministries as vice-president for North America Generosity Initiatives. The author of Plastic Donuts, Jeff is a speaker and writer and consults with churches and ministries. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children.
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Plastic Donuts removes the awkwardness and uncertainty that often accompany discussions about giving. Now you can think differently-and biblically-about what and how you give. Your gifts can capture Gods attention and connect you more intimately with His heart. Plastic Donuts brings everyoneleaders and followers, teachers and learnersonto the same page.
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“She handed me a Plastic Donut from her kitchen play set.
I looked at the Donut and back at my daughter. She stood waiting for a response. So I put the Donut up to my mouth and said with great animation, “Yummm, yummm Thank you, Autumn! This is soooo goood.”
Then something beautiful happened. Her big brown eyes widened, and her lips pushed a giant smile against her puffy cheeks. She stood up on her toes, shrugged her shoulders up to her ears, and let out a high-pitched squeal
For Autumn, this exercise in giving gifts kept bringing her back to Daddy. For me, it kept me looking for my child to return to my side. I was moved by the exchange. I loved the interaction and connection. I was so pleased
“King David knew that a gift that cost him nothing was worth nothing to God. The king was seeking out a location to offer a gift of burnt offerings. An attractive altar arrangement and a team of oxen had been offered to David for free. But he wanted his giving to be the acceptable kind, so he insisted on paying for the items at full market price (see 2 Samuel 24:2225).
This brings us to our first truth about acceptable gifts (ones that get God’s attention). When it comes to our gifts, the amount matters. When the gift amount matters to us, it can matter to God too.”
Excerpted fromPlastic Donuts by Jeff Anderson
Daily Reflection: Are you truly giving sacrificially?
“If you want to grow your faith, grow your gratitude. To grow your gratitude, take time to count your blessings. When you take time to stop and look around you—to look at the people who invest in you and those from the past who helped build your character and your life—you remember things that you can never take credit for. They were given to you, like Grandma’s prayers that accompanied you on your salvation journey, like the providence of God that led you to meet your spouse, like the miracle birth of your child, circumstances that allowed you to go to college, the friend of a friend who paved the path for your first job. Once you start counting blessings—many of them ones you have never before acknowledged—you will be overwhelmed. Once you start the list, you’ll find it’s [ … ]
Our gifts to Him are like Plastic Donuts. God does not need our gifts or our money. But like a child’s gift that moves her father, our gifts can really get God’s attention. For my daughter, the feedback from our interaction inspired continued giving. If I had not paid attention to her or had withheld my delight, she would have stopped. She was learning about the power of a pleasing gift and learning about connecting with me as her father. Meanwhile, I was learning about God and how to better connect with Him as my Father. For years I had thought a lot about the receivers of my gifts: my church, my neighbor, my chosen charities. And I had studied the benefits that come to me as a giver. But I hadn’t given much thought to my gift from God’s [ … ]
I recently read a book by Jeff Anderson, titled Plastic Donuts. In it he gives a unique perspective on giving and the gifts we give to God.He starts of by telling us a story about the day his daughter gave him a plastic donut from her kitchen set, how this small event brought him and his daughter joy, and made him reevaluate how God views our giving to Him.In chapter one he says that "our gifts to Him are like Plastic Donuts". In that just...
What I first noticed about the book Plastic Donuts was the adorable size, it's maybe 4 x 6 like a photo with a nice hardcover binding. I really appreciated that this lil' book packed a lot of punch in thoughts and scriptures on giving, but did not come across intimidating in nature. Jeff Anderson writes in a very easy way to follow about giving being an overflow of our hearts, and less like the preconceived notions we have in our heads about...
Plastic Donuts shares stories of people applying faith by giving generously. It is full of relevant testimony that helps broaden one's perception of tithing. My Sunday School class read parts of this book and discussed. The Plastic Donuts website has fantastic video testimony and other great complimentary resources. www.acceptablegift.org/ We handed out the brochure from the website that helps assess spending and setting goals for better...
Plastic Donuts is the first book I've ever read that was able to bring the topic of tithing and giving to life. Jeff Anderson brings the topic of giving to life by inviting us into his personal life story with said topic. He walks his readers through the originally intended beauty and joy of tithing by tapping into their hearts. Anderson pulls the reader away from the concrete concept of the "10% tithe" and guides them towards the invaluable...
Plastic Donuts is a fresh look at giving. Jeff Anderson asks many questions, gives examples, and scriptures to examine and then leaves you to decide for yourself.... what gifts (or amount) will you give that will be acceptable to God and will delight Him and will connect you intimately with Him. Jeff's beginning story of his toddler daughter bringing her dad a plastic donut and being so excited when he accepts it and pretends to eat it was...