OK, seriously...Satan must be after me. I just wrote this REALLY long book review on this book "The Treasure Principle" and as I went to copy and spell check it, it deleted the whole thing. This is the second time this has happened to me and it's really frustrating.
So, this will be an abbreviated post...
"Treasure Principle" by Randy Alcorn...this is the guy who wrote "Heaven"...if you haven't read that one, DO IT. It's unbelievable. Both of these books are absolutely 100% scripturally based.
To make this a little shorter than my original post, I have always been the financial one in the family. After Steve's accident and the slump in the economy, our finances took a pretty big hit. I found that doing this all alone was very stressful, so Steve and I decided to do this together and a few months ago started paying bills and doing our budget TOGETHER. But our finances were in such awful shape that I was frustrated and angry and so I just decided to quit tithing and put our tithe money toward bills that needed to be paid.
And then I got the "Treasure Principle" to read and review. And I was convicted. One of the teachings is that my money really isn't MINE. It's God's. And if we were really understood that this world is not our home, we wouldn't be so caught up in material wealth. That's not to say we can't have nice things, but we would really put our heart in all things eternal.
One scripture from the "Treasure Prinicple" that stuck out to me and that I have committed to memory is Malachi 3:10 which says, "'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test me in this' says the Lord Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.'"
TEST ME. He tells us to test Him and just see what He can do. And so, I am. We are. We have begun tithing again...though not as much as before. I do think God understand baby steps in our faith.
I don't know where your heart is on tithing. I can tell you that God wants you to trust Him with your finances. And we have to teach our children...do it. Test Him. And watch Him work. I'll be right there with you. :)
So, if you want a quick, easy read (this is a tiny little book), then either leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I've got 2 copies to give away. I'll draw this Friday some time after 5pm...
Flip-Flop Your Concept of Giving!
Bestselling author Randy Alcorn introduced readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity with the release of the original The Treasure Principle in 2001. Now the revision to the compact, perennial bestseller includes a provocative new concluding chapter depicting God asking a believer questions about his stewardship over material resources. Readers are moved from the realms of thoughtful Bible exposition into the highly personal arena of everyday life. Because when Jesus told His followers to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” He intended that they discover an astounding secret: how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and His children maximum pleasure. Discover a joy more precious than gold!
Story Behind the Book
After years of writing and teaching on the theme “God owns everything,” in 1990 Randy Alcorn was sued by an abortion clinic (for peaceful, nonviolent intervention for the unborn). Suddenly he had to resign as a pastor and was restricted to making minimum wage. Legally unable to own anything, Randy gave all his book royalties to missions work and need-meeting ministries. He and his family have experienced the reality of The Treasure Principle—that God really does own everything, takes care of us, and graciously puts assets into our hands that we might have the joy and privilege of investing in what will last for eternity.