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Fields of Gold

Author Andy Stanley
Narrator Lloyd James
Runtime 2.3 - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date April 11, 2012
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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.

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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.

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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.

This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/25/2012)
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!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this audiobook as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work. For more information about this and other Christian audio books visit christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/2/2012)
Convicting
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!

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/9/2012)
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