Review: The Treasure Principle: Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving
The Treasure Principle: Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving by Randy Alcorn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pretty good, on giving.
The treasure principle is that you can't take it with you, but you can send it on ahead. Alcorn encourages giving, starting with the tithe, and going on to other offerings. This should flow from an eternal perspective, that assets here are short term compared with the Kingdom of God. This perspective and actual giving is the best antidote for materialism. Your heart will go where your treasure does, so give to what you know you should care about!
One weakness of this book was lacking a more positive view of work, enterprise and money on this earth. He comes close to calling it dirty and second class often. Alcorn seems to hold the evangelical view that money and business are only good for the giving to the kingdom that can result, not as a vocation in the marketplace itself. The ending illustration uses Scrooge, a great image of a changed heart being generous and neighbor-loving. But Dickens fell into this same error regarding "business" as cold and callous in itself.
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