Saturday, August 13, 2011

Book Review: Divided Treasure?

Randy Alcorn has given us great principles for handling our earthly treasures in the first 60 pages of The Treasure Principle. He explains these principles in convincing and easily understood concepts.
  • God owns everything. I’m His money manager.
  • My heart always goes where I put God’s money.
  • Heaven is my home, not earth, so invest in heavenly treasures.
Because of his awesome presentation of the principles of treasure, I was shocked to watch him undermine his own principles in the last 60 pages of his book. While he teaches on the one hand that we give according to the leading of the Spirit, in the second half of this book he gives man-made rules telling how much to give and to whom. Although I agree with his suggestion that we ask God questions about our giving, his section on 31 Questions to Ask God includes only repetition of his man-made rules with little room for hearing from the Holy Spirit.
The first 60 pages are great; the last 60 pages should have been left out. In the same way, I’m divided on whether to recommend this book or not. I guess it depends on how much of a book you want to get for your money. Maybe if it’s on sale for half price? I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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