A practical and inspirational book based on the principle of sowing and reaping. If we sow fear, what will be our harvest? And conversely, if we sow faith, what will we grow? This book moves the reader beyond fear and guilt about giving and into confidence, security, and excitement. Andy Stanley unpacks our irrational fears about money, helping us to discover that generous giving is actually an invitation for our heavenly Father to get involved in our finances and resupply us with enough seed to sow generously throughout our lifetime.
- Biblical Wisdom On Being Generous
Fields of Gold by Andy Stanley is one of the best books I have ever heard on the topic of giving and being generous. Although it is quite a short book it covered the majority of the big issues relating to Christians and giving. The fear of giving was something that I have never really thought about but it certainly seems true both in my life and in the lives of many people I know.
His keys of priority, percentage and progressive were some of the best keys I have heard in regard to giving and if I can put them into practise in my own giving I believe it will reap many benefits both in this world and in eternity. Also the joy of giving was discussed, which is not something that is usually associated with giving in church but it is something that should be focused on more often.
The narration was quite good and it didn't detract from the message of the book. Since Andy is a well known speaker it might have been better if he narrated the book but it was still well done.
This book is a very solid introduction to giving within the church and it also has a lot of challenges and helpful techniques for the more mature Christian as well.
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- What is given away can not be taken away…
Is God your business partner?
Do you have a standard of fearless giving?
Imagine how you would feel today if you had given part of your wealth away before an economic crash?
It’s not lost – it’s invested. It’s untouchable by both personal and national tragedies.
I was encouraged by the thoughts/stories and enjoyed the book. Perhaps the most striking example was the one that used Schindler’s list.
Some “P’s” of giving – priority, percentage, & progressive. Progressive is one that I hadn’t heard addressed before and it made good sense.
These are some thought gems I took away from “Fields of Gold.”
Pros: This is a basic book on giving but even those who are already regular in their giving can be encouraged by it. The thoughts it introduces can be “seed” thoughts that can be developed further. Unlike the title may suggest this book is not about getting wealthy by giving, although it does share some stories of how God has blessed those who give. The reader did a good job and the book is not very long – just a little over 2 hours.
Cons: In my personal opinion building bigger churches is not the best use of your giving. (But that is a point most people might not agree on.) It would also be nice if the book encouraged more than monetary giving – but then the main point of the book was to address that so the emphasis there is understandable and quite appropriate.
Is giving to God’s cause a passion for you? Does it bring you joy? If not, perhaps this book will help you have a change of perspective. Listen to it!
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Fields of Gold is a great little book. Perfect for giving to people who have questions about giving because it’s short and, since it’s easy to listen to, I’m guessing that also it’s easy to read.
Despite its brevity, though, this book is deep and not at all simplistic. Andy Stanley’s goal is to confront the fear of giving harbored by so many believers. He does this by telling stories, starting with a framing story of a Depression-era farmer faced with uncertainty. I found Stanley’s approach to be deliciously subversive: engaging you in the story masterfully, only to smash you between the eyes unexpectedly with biblical truth. Convicting to say the least.
Do you think you are a pretty generous Kingdom-giver? This book is for you. Do you struggle with giving, and the biblical concept of sowing and reaping? This book is for you. Are you suspicious of the heath and wealth teaching so many Christian “leaders” are spouting? This book is for you. It contains none of that.
As a bonus, the narration is perfectly executed by Lloyd James. His voice draws you in, preparing you for the coups de grace of truth throughout. Highly recommended!
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- Don't let bad teaching on giving keep you away from good teaching.
My wife and I lead a small group of newly married couples. Our next topic is finances. So when I was offered this book to review I read it with that in mind.
This book was written by my pastor. So I am not completely unbiased and I have heard much of this content before in sermons or other teaching.
But the thing that most struck me here is that in spite of the fact that Health and Wealth gospel preachers misuse scripture on giving, God still is interested in how we think about and use our money.
Andy Stanley starts with the fact that we often think about giving wrong. It is not 'God gets this amount and everything else is ours'. It is God have given all of it to you and you are merely a steward of it all. So God wants us to invest it. That investment should be in God's kingdom. This does not mean that we can't use money on things we need, but that if we have the right attitude toward the money, those things that we really need are far less.
Andy starts with saying that he is not interested in the money as much as our heart. If we cannot give, that says something about our heart. And when preaching this at our church he says clearly, do not give here if you are concerned that we are teaching this to get your money. Give somewhere else where your heart will be right.
He does not concentrate on whether we should tithe or give some other amount. Instead her has four Ps. He wants us to think about making our giving first Priority, to make it a fixed Percentage of income, even when it is hard, and then Progressively increase the percentage over time. And then finally be open to God Prompting you to give for special needs.
While I know that Andy's theology is not health and wealth oriented, I wish he has a section on the fact that the rewards we get are often spiritual and not material. He talks about placing trust in God for our needs and gives several illustrations from his own life and others about how God takes care of us. He does this to deal with those that don't give out of fear. But I also think that there are many times when God just wants us to live on less. This is a part of several of the illustrations, but not really an explicit idea that is fleshed out.
This is a very short book about 130 pages in paper and less than 3 hours on audio. I listened to the audio and my only complaint about the audio is that it isn't Andy Stanley reading himself. I very much prefer authors read their own books. But the narration is well done.
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- Why do you give?
I have finished listening to an audio book called Fields of Gold by Andy Stanley.
This is a short book with a great message about sowing and reaping. So many times we feel fearful about giving and give out of what is left at the end of the month instead of giving at the beginning. This is not how we should look at our giving. This book reminds the listener that everything is really God's anyway. If we can realize and accept this fact, we can develop a cheerful heart. God wants us to be cheerful in our giving, not givers because it is something on a list to check off when we have done it. If you give for the right reasons, it really can be a joyful time for you.
I am glad for the opportunity to listen to this book. It has been a positive reminder to me of why we give and to think about changes I need to make in giving.
It is read by Lloyd James. I thought he did a good job with this reading.
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- decent narration with engaging material
Andy Stanley grew up knowing the concept of tithing. It was part of his routine, his ritual. He was a tither. To him, it was simply a life truth. To him, it was just part of our process. He gave a dime off every dollar he made, especially when he was a kid and it wasn't his own. Then he started to grow up.
He got a job. He made money. And despite it only being a dime off each dollar, those dollars added up, and his tithe started to look like a couple hundred bucks each paycheck. It was easier to give when the number was smaller, despite making more each time. Nevertheless, he never gave in. There are many others that do, however.
Stanley challenges this issue. It starts with questioning. What if I need this money? What if a medical bill comes through, or I can't pay rent? What if? The what if query is only a fearful giver. We choose to be afraid. And the funny thing, Stanley points out, is that it shows us losing confidence in G-d. We start to no longer believe that He will provide, which isn't really funny at all.
When cheerful giving transforms into fearful giving, what happens to our needs? Is G-d really there for us? Stanley writes this book to shout a resounding "yes" to the readers. G-d is there, and He will provide, and we need to tithe - cheerfully. His message is timely and convicting.
James' narration is not as charismatic as Stanley's personality is, which is unfortunate for this text. The audio would do much better with a more lively narration, keeping readers engaged instead of offended. His voice is presented as an instructional audio, using a slow to medium pace and thoughtful pauses to encourage reflection and self-examination. Slightly monotone, James' does a good job making the text easy to understand, but at the sacrifice of flair and performance.
The narration is an average quality, scoring three out of five stars. The content does a better job with four stars, utilizing intrigue and meaning to keep the reader/listener engaged.
We reap what we sow. If we stop sowing, we stop reaping, and it locks G-d out of providing for us (simply because we refuse to let Him). So what can we do? We need to get rid of the fear, and Stanley shows us how by sharing parables along the way...
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