Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Treasure Principle (Book Review)

In Randy Alcorn's The Treasure Principle, you'll unearth a radical teaching of Jesus--a secret wrapped up in giving.  Once you discover this secret, life will never look the same.  And you won't want it to!

The Treasure Principle ("You can't take it with you--but you can send it on ahead") is based on the familiar passage in Matthew 6:19-21:
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The rest of The Treasure Principle is dedicated to six Treasure Principle Keys, which expand upon the Treasure Principle.  Each of the Keys is supported with illustrations and/or Scripture.  Finally, the book ends with 31 questions to ask God about your giving.

I found The Treasure Principle to be a quick read:  I read it in one sitting.  I like that everything is backed up with Scripture.  The questions at the end could easily be used for personal devotions.  I'll caution you that you might find this book convicting!


One passage that struck me as fresh was this:

Why does God give some of His children more than they need and others less than they need?  So that He may use His children to help one another.  He doesn't want us to have too little or too much (Proverbs 30:8-9).  When those with too much give to those with too little, two problems are solved.  When they don't, two problems are perpetuated.
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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  Thanks to Blogging for Books for the opportunity!  All opinions in this review are my own.

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