The Treasure Principle  -     By: Randy Alcorn
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Jesus told a story about a hidden treasure that, once discovered, brought life-changing joy. In The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn unearths a simple yet profound principle that will radically change your concept of stewardship. Short on guilt, Alcorn illuminates the liberating joy of giving and its impact, not only for today but for eternity as well. A perennial bestseller, this revised edition includes a new concluding chapter, "31 Radical, Liberating Questions to Ask God About Your Giving."

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 6.25 X 4.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1590525086
ISBN-13: 9781590525081

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Publisher's Description

Flip-Flop Your Concept of Giving!

Bestselling author Randy Alcorn introduced readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity with the release of the original The Treasure Principle in 2001. Now the revision to the compact, perennial bestseller includes a provocative new concluding chapter depicting God asking a believer questions about his stewardship over material resources. Readers are moved from the realms of thoughtful Bible exposition into the highly personal arena of everyday life. Because when Jesus told His followers to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven," He intended that they discover an astounding secret: how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and His children maximum pleasure. Discover a joy more precious than gold!

Priceless treasure is within your reach. And with it, liberating joy.

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!

"Supercharged with stunning, divine truth! Lightning struck over and over as I read it."
-John Piper , Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church , Minneapolis

"The Treasure Principle will change your life! This book is destined to become a classic."
-Howard Dayton , Co-CEO, Crown Financial Ministries

"The Scripture passages and illustrations really ring true. Just what I needed!"
-Hugh Maclellan , President, The Maclellan Foundation

"I enthusiastically endorse The Treasure Principle. I hope millions will read it."
-Ronald W. Blue , Founder and CEO, Ronald Blue & Company

Story Behind the Book
After years of writing and teaching on the theme "God owns everything," in 1990 Randy Alcorn was sued by an abortion clinic (for peaceful, nonviolent intervention for the unborn). Suddenly he had to resign as a pastor and was restricted to making minimum wage. Legally unable to own anything, Randy gave all his book royalties to missions work and need-meeting ministries. He and his family have experienced the reality of The Treasure Principle—that God really does own everything, takes care of us, and graciously puts assets into our hands that we might have the joy and privilege of investing in what will last for eternity.

Author Bio

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM). He is the bestselling author of twenty books, with over one million in print, including the novels Deadline, Dominion, Lord Foulgrin’s Letters and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His fourteen nonfiction works include ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments, and the stewardship classic Money, Possessions and Eternity. He and his wife, Nanci, live in Gresham , Oregon , and have two grown daughters, Karina and Angela. He enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading.

Publisher's Weekly

When you discover the secret joy of the Treasure Principle, I guarantee you'll never be content with less. So claims Alcorn in the introduction to this small gift book on Christian generosity. Noting that fifteen percent of Christ's teachings in the New Testament deal with money and possessions, more than his teachings on heaven and hell combined Alcorn compares heavenly treasure, which is eternal, with earthly riches, which will always be lost after death. Alcorn encourages Christians to understand that everything they believe they own is actually God's; they are merely managers. He is a compelling storyteller, whether drawing on Scripture, accounts of others who have lived generously, or recounting his own experiences; all of his book royalties and a large portion of his salary go to charity. Analyzing the pervasive disease of affluenza and the fact that Americans unprecedented wealth does not seem to be bringing extraordinary happiness, he says that he and other people who have discovered the secret of unfettered giving know that they are storing up treasures in heaven, their true home. Alcorn's writing here is more akin to a motivational speech (including an overabundance of rhetorical questions, italicized words and exclamation points for emphasis) than a book. However, many Christians will appreciate his countercultural messages that giving is the only antidote to materialism and the health and wealth gospel dishonors Christ. Indeed, for many, this could be a life-changing book. Copyright 2005 Publishers Weekly

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 26, 2014
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We used this book as part of a weekly Bible based discussion. Very thought provoking.
  2. Baltimore, MD
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 5, 2014
    Baltimore, MD
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great book on storing up treasures in heaven rather than on earth. Everyone especially with a job or kids should read this book. Reenforced my belief-the more money you make the more people you can help.
  3. Shawnee, OK
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 6, 2012
    David Shaw
    Shawnee, OK
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn is the first book I have read on the Bible's view of money. I was quit eager to read it to see if how I use the financial resources God has entrusted me with is aligned with Scripture. I wasn't disappointed. This book is encouraging and convicting, showing the immeasurable joy that comes when one gives of their money as God wants them to. I enjoyed this book thoroughly.

    Katrina and I have discussed and prayed over our finances especially our giving and feel like we are dispersing them as God desires. This book affirmed our decisions, showed other areas we can improve in and the many blessings that come from giving.

    What you won't find in this book is a how-to on gaining wealth. Alcorn doesn't tell you how to play the stock market, which as we have seen is very volatile. He doesn't tell you how much of your check to put into savings each week or the exact percentage you are to give to God each month (He does address tithing but from the standpoint that tithing is the least amount you should be giving). The point of the book is how we are to gain treasure in heaven. This is based on Christ's teaching found in Matthew 6:19-21:

    Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    In six short chapters, 120 pages, Alcorn will change your view of giving. He begins by calling us God's money managers meaning God has entrusted us with His money. All that we have in the bank is God's, not just what we give to the church. And since the money is God's we give Him what He asks us to give and who to give it to. That is a special responsibility God has given each of us, taking care of His money. What we do with it carries blessing or judgment. I am for the blessing.

    Some points that Alcorn makes are quite convicting. He shows us that if we don't give to the needs of the poor then God won't hear our prayers (Proverbs 21:13). In his discussion on tithing he does maybe the best job I have read or heard on the issue by stating that tithing is the floor, not the ceiling, on our giving. He makes the point that in the New Testament God doesn't lower the standards found it the Old Testament but raises them, including tithing. This book has changed my view of tithing (in case you are wondering Katrina and I give more than 10%).

    Some of you may be put off by me stating how much me and Katrina give each month. Alcorn points out that in I Chronicles 29:6-9 King David tells us exactly how much he gave to the building of the temple. If it is wrong for us to tell what we give then David sinned by telling us how much he gave (Alcorn goes into greater detail on this in chapter six).

    I could go on. This short book covers many other topics concerning giving that you will need to read to discover. All of them are founded in Scripture. If you have been wanting some teaching on Biblical giving, this is the book for you.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A small book that can have a big impact
    November 1, 2011
    Randall M
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn is a small book that can have a big impact in your life. This is a book that I have had for a little while, and now that I've read it, I wish I had picked it up sooner. I found this book to be challenging to my current giving levels, and I trust that you will too.

    Randy Alcorn shares 6 principles about giving and backs them up with numerous Bible passages. He helps to put into perspective that all the "stuff" that we accumulate on earth is worthless in the long run and should not be such a high priority in the lives of those who put their faith in the God of the Bible. Our priority should be reaching out to those without Christ through generous giving and serving. The author states:

    "Giving doesn't strip me of vested interests; rather, it shifts my vested interests from earth to heaven - from self to God."

    Then he goes on to say:

    "I'm not saying that it's easy to give. I'm saying - and there are thousands who will agree - that it's much easier to live on 90 percent or 50 percent or 10 percent of your income inside the will of God than it is to live on 100 percent outside it."

    The author has several different ways to shift the mindset of the reader in order to challenge our perspectives. After reviewing the 6 principles amid Bible references and historical quotes, the book concludes with a "giving covenant" and 31 questions to ask God about our giving.

    If you are open to hear God's calling for change in your attitude about giving, I recommend that you read this book. In the very least, it will make you think about your giving level, and how you can survive on less so you can give more. You can read an excerpt of the book or just order one for yourself.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  5. Wisconsin
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Giving isn't always financial...
    June 29, 2011
    Ben Umnus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I decided to read The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn, partially because of his Goodness of God book I read back in March. Of course my other reason for reading The Treasure Principle is due to the subject concerning money. I wanted to read his perspective on money, considering it is a subject which effects everyone. I liked some of what he presented, but I wasn't pleased to read a certain idea in particular...

    The Treasure Principle is a short book about money, joy, and giving; he is also a Christian Hedonist. The idea of promoting generous giving sounds good right? I mean he does condemn the whole Health and Wealth Gospel. I want to like what he says, because I don't want to be focused negatively on my problems and he certainly does present some very good ideas like his six keys. However I have an issue with how he responds to someone who says "I can't afford to give more financially."

    He says on page 66 and I quote: "When people tell me they can't afford to tithe, I ask them 'If your income was reduced by 10 percent would you die?' They say 'no.' And I say, ' then you've admitted that you can afford to tithe. It's just that you don't want to..." I find that to be a very unfair statement. He is not talking to a Christian like me who has many bills to pay (sometimes paying them late), lives from paycheck to paycheck, and doesn't make much money per year. He is talking to the Christian who is able to pay their bills on time always, who is mid-middle class or higher, and is doing pretty well financially where they have plenty of extra money leftover for savings and spending. In the latter group I understand those people should be giving because as he said we take some of what we have for granted, however for my group it's unfair because it forces a person into a legalistic standard and scriptural conflict; after all we are not to be thieves and pay for our bills.

    The Bible says "The Lord loves a cheerful giver" and the idea of trying to guilt trip someone into tithing is not good. Not to mention, Jesus Christ does not commend the old widow for what percentage she gave, but the fact she had the warmth to give as generously as she did in the first place, meaning she was giving more of her HEART. A person can give generously without it having anything to do with money. For an example I can give my time in serving the local church as well as giving a homeless person supplies to help them physically and spiritually (you know like some food, blankets, jacket, clean clothes, and a Bible, etc.) Again I liked some of what he had to say and we can't be afraid to give to people, but how we should be giving shouldn't be focused simply on the $$$. This subject of money, giving, and joy also should have been talked about for much longer than 95 pages.

    Disclaimer: Ben Umnus was given a free copy of this book by Waterbrook Multnomah Press, but he was neither paid for his review nor was he commanded by Waterbrook Multnomah Press to write a positive review. This review is the personal, written opinion of Ben Umnus. This disclaimer is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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