Sunday, March 27, 2011

Book Review: The Treasure Principle

Each time I receive a book to review, I honestly feel that God has hand picked these books with a special message for me and my family. And this book was no exception to that rule. I was sent The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn.

To put it simply, this book is about "the joy of giving." In Acts 20:35, the Bible says, "The Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" According to Alcorn, nothing in this world is truly ours. Instead, the money, gifts, talents, material possession, etc. were all given to us by God for us to do God's will. So with that mentality, if God has blessed us with something we should use it to help others. Throughout the book, Alcorn lays out the six keys to the treasure principle and explains using scripture why he believes this is Gods calling to all of us. Alcorn challenges his readers to not only give, but to give beyond our ability.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast and easy read that provoked my thinking and motivated me to change the way I think about tithing and giving. The book is very short and I do wish that there was a little bit more to the book. I loved the words that Randy Alcorn uses to show why it is so important that we give, but in these economic times I think it would be nice to give some suggestions on how to get started (ie different organizations and there contact info that are legitimate). Alcorn also mentioned why it was so important to stay out of debt so that you are able to continue to give. Well, what about those of us that are already in debt? Should we be giving more or getting ourselves out of debt? Overall, this book was excellent and I would recommend that anyone and everyone read it!

The Blogging for Books program, through Waterbrook Multnomah Press, was kind enough to send me yet another free book in exchange for my honest review.

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