3 Stars Out Of 5
What are you doing with what's in your wallet?
December 21, 2013
"Generosity changed the world once. What would happen if the church became known for inexplicable generosity once again?"
The above quote lies at the heart of pastor and author Andy Stanley's short book, How to be rich: It's not what you have. It's what you do with what you have. The author starts with the premise that simply because we live in the western world, we are incredibly rich compared to the rest of the world. The question is, how will we use what we have?
Throughout the book, the author seeks to explain the Bible's perspective on wealth as found in 1 Timothy 6. He begins by explaining the potential dangers of moneyâ€”arrogance and self-sufficiency (verse 17). The antidote is found in being generous with what we have (18). Our giving strategy should employ the three P'sâ€”priority, percentage, and progressive. Giving should be a priority. We should start by giving a fixed percentage of our income, and we should progressively increase that percentage as our income increases. Generosity coupled with contentment is extremely beneficial (6), and will spare us from all sorts of problems (9-10).
Throughout the book, the author includes illustrations from history and his own life. He provides practical ideas how to implement the principles in one's life. The book also includes a study guide for use in a small group discussion setting.
My only reservation about the book is that it is too short. It barely scratches the surface on the subject of finances and giving. It will whet one's appetite for the topic, but the reader will need to engage in research and digging on one's own to take it further. In that sense, the book is perhaps more motivational than explanatory.
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