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The Treasure Principle

Unlocking The Secret of Joyful Giving

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Randy Alcorn is no stranger to... Review by Travis Peterson
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Randy Alcorn is no stranger to financial success, financial loss, and sacrificial giving. In The Treasure Principle, Alcorn shares with his readers six important keys to joyful and free Christian giving.

Positives

It is very possible that many Christians do not even recognize the hold that materialism has upon their lives. Alcorn’s work helps us to see just how devastatingly attached we are to our things, and how sadly we miss the joys of giving.


Alcorn challenges us to realize that God is the true owner of everything while we are merely his stewards. We will give more freely and rightly when our mindset on giving changes. Alcorn encourages us to realize that all the money we have is God’s. Instead of thinking, “What does God want me to give,” we should think, “How much would God want me to keep of his money?” This mind-shift is very helpful for believers.

Negatives

Not much is negative in this book. It is possible that Alcorn is too simplistic or sweeping in his statements. This negative is not damaging for most readers, however, only for those who read this book without discernment.

Recommendation

It would be very good for almost any Christian, especially in western cultures, to read through and strongly consider Alcorn’s The Treasure Principle. Perhaps it would open our eyes and hearts to giving for the joy of the eternal reward and the glory of God. Yes, readers should be careful and consider their steps wisely, but this is true of any book. Without question, believers should consider how God would have us worship him through giving in the midst of this difficult financial time.


I am grateful to www.ChristianAudio.com for their excellent downloadable version of this book. They also have a free download of conference audio from Alcorn on this book (I haven’t’ listened to it, but I’d suppose it contains much of the same material for $0).

(Posted on 5/18/10)

This short production is packed with... Review by Audiofile Magazine
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This short production is packed with inspiration and challenge to Christians. Randy Alcorn has a unique ability to express his thoughts in writing, and narrator Paul Michael voices them in a slow and measured way to give listeners time to consider them. Alcorn confronts a Christian who puts all his energy into garnering for himself an affluent lifestyle that will eventually pass away. The "treasure principle" refers to laying up treasures in heaven, which will not pass away. Giving to others and seeking to glorify God with our earthly treasure will turn into eternal treasure. Accumulating wealth just to have wealth will never bring peace and joy. True riches come by putting God first. The message is inspiring and thought provoking. N.L. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine

(Posted on 6/4/07)

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