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The Treasure Principle

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Published (first published October 9th 2001)
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Nov 24, 2009 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting through this book because I strongly feel that the author, Alcorn, has taken Matthew 6:19 ("Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth...") out of context for his own purposes. Alcorn interprets "treasure" to solely mean "money" and the entire book is essentially devoted to why you should give money to the church. (I also can't help but feel a bit, um, wronged perhaps, by the fact that my church gave this book away in conjunction with a major giving campaign.) Wh ...more
Jan 14, 2010 Jo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I read it. It disturbs me & I'm trying to figure out how to articulate why because there are a LOT of reviews out there saying this is an absolutely fantastic book on encouraging Christian giving, and tithing (ironically, the latter bothers the glowing reviewers, but not me). His Principles are:

Principle #1- God owns everything. I am His money manager.
Principle #2- My heart always goes where I put God's money.
Principle #3- Heaven, not Earth, is my home.
Principle #4- I should live for t
Jan 05, 2011 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gift book on a call to live The Treasure Principle,which says, “You can't take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” This book contains 93 pages of a full exposition and application of Jesus' teaching on giving from Matthew 6:20-21. “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Alcorn takes six principles and lays them out. This book is ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Fei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title may have changed slightly, because my 92 page softcover book is called "The Treasure Principle: Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving". The frontcover graphic is also less intense.

As someone who is interested in general personal finance/money management issues, I enjoyed the author's Biblical perspective on giving. I agree that as Christians, we are called to give back to God and give to show Christ in the world. Overall, I appreciated his effort to motivate/persuade readers to shift
Dec 31, 2011 Bear-it rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A challenging book. Thinking about the concept of treasure and rewards in heaven isn't done too often. I appreciated the chance to dwell on the topic. If one were to take seriously the promise that we have rewards stored up for us in heaven then it challenges your nominal view of material possessions. I think this book challenges you to spend less of your energy on stuff and more on people.
Oct 31, 2012 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

While I believe in giving and supporting my church, I do not agree with the "principles" outlined in this book. At no point should people be pressured to give (including living by meager means), nor should people be left to feel guilty if they do not give enough. This book frustrated me more than shedding any light whatsoever on becoming a better Christian.
Mar 31, 2009 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who purports to follow Jesus
Recommended to Jared by: Rob Robinson
This book has changed my relationship to stuff, my faith and how I live. Living in the US, I need to re-read it about every six months so that I don't forget the principles it teaches because it is so easy to lose focus on the most important things and be consumed by my desire to acquire.
Gene Cornett
May 30, 2014 Gene Cornett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a deceptively powerful book. It does what I hope all books will do for me. it's changing the way that I think about how the world works. Here are some of my favorite quotes and thoughts. I hope to add more.

Why did Jesus put such an emphasis on money and possessions? Because there's a fundamental connection between their spiritual blindness think about it handle money. We may try to divorce her faith and her finances, but God sees them as inseparable.

Suppose I offer you $1000 today to spe
Oct 02, 2015 Billy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done. Gifts of God presented to a cheerful giver,

Want to make a difference in the church? Give!
Want to make a difference in the world? Give!
Want to make a difference in your life? Give!
Want to make a difference in eternity? Give!

And give with a joyful heart. Why? Well, because God commands it. But, more importantly, and, as this book very clearly and articulately points out, because Jesus decreed that we should give in order to recieve. It is a promise. Jesus, according to Mr. Tripp, spoke
Joel Rockey
Jun 15, 2016 Joel Rockey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little book really made me think about how I view money in light of eternity. Randy Alcorn's testimony and principles in this book are very convicting. Highly recommended!
D.K. Brantley
How will you use God's resources? A question that is difficult, but one that must be considered.
Phil Whittall
May 18, 2016 Phil Whittall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn was the 50th book and it turns out to be a favourite.

I'm always slightly worried before reading books on giving by American pastors. I have a fear that by the end I'll be reading some prosperity nonsense, fortunately in this case the fear is completely unfounded. Randy Alcorn understands giving, he loves giving, he wants more people to give much, much more. The guy seriously gets generosity.

This is only a small book, pocket sized and 120 pages, it won't tak
Oct 15, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you will be humble enough to allow it to, this book will really challenge your paradigm on money and stewardship and lead you to really examine your heart.

Like with any book besides the Bible, this is not the Bible, and thus every word does not need to be taken as absolute truth and all that you read in it should be filtered through the lenses of scripture and prayer. That said, don't allow disagreeing with one or two minor points, ideas, or opinions allow you to miss the broader idea and wha
Steve Hemmeke
Mar 19, 2015 Steve Hemmeke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 w
Mick Wright
I applaud the author's radical approach to charitable giving and would recommend this book as a conversation starter. I'm not sure I completely agree with Randy Alcorn's interpretation of Biblical passages where he suggests a person's reward in Heaven increases or decreases depending on his level of giving here and now. Alcorn believes a dollar donated in life equals a dollar saved in the afterlife -- that's essentially the "treasure principle," and the chief reason why someone should give. I fe ...more
Nov 27, 2014 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, nonfic, christian
This is a really short book, so my review will also be short.

The Treasure Principle is absolutely 100% not a "wealth and health doctrine" book. It is a wake-up call to when, where, and how much we should be giving according to the Word. Randy Alcorn lays out six "Treasure Principles" in his book to consider when giving, and backs them up with Scriptural examples. Like I said, this is a very short book; I read it in about an hour. But it packs quite a punch! From the 2nd page on I was convict
The other John
Mar 13, 2009 The other John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
I picked this book up used from Harvest Logos bookstore and I'm afraid that I'm going to donate it right back. I was looking for a resource to help me discover what the Bible says about money. While this little book has plenty of Bible references, it's essentially a glorified sermon on generosity with various proof texts attached. Mr. Alcorn's conculsion is good, but I think he oversimplifies the topic and fails to connect it with other aspects of money and stewardship.
Helpful book addressing the idea of delayed gratification regarding wealth. The basic principle of the book is that you cannot take wealth with you buy you can send it on ahead. As a Reformed Christian I am a bit uneasy regarding the idea of merit that deserves an eternal reward apart from the imputed condign merit of my Lord Jesus Christ. But the many passages regarding eternal rewards do give me food for thought. One of the most helpful principles from this book, in my opinion, is Alcorn's cha ...more
Echo Armstrong
Jun 22, 2015 Echo Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Critical Thinkers
A very short easy read that is a religious [Christian] based work that has several scriptural references. One main topic of discussion is on giving. Tithing is also discussed. Read the book in its entirety and take from it what is of value to you.

I love the quote "selfishness is when we pursue gain at the expense of others." Whether I agree with the entire premise of a book or not, I enjoy reading a book that makes me think, ponder, meditate and come to my own conclusions, and this book did tha
Jan 05, 2014 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The basic premise of this book is good. Giving is a reason to be joyful. And the application has some good parts, such as the challenge for groups to be more open about the finances and giving of their members.

However, it has not aged well. Some of the supporting theology draws heavily on the otherworldly "go to heaven when you die" theology that N.T. Wright so effectively criticized in his book on the Christian hope as resurrection (Surprised by Hope). That means that his application comes acr
Aug 14, 2012 Shelli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We don't give to get "treasures in heaven". We give out of a grateful heart. Too many things in this book rubbed me the wrong way.
Oct 30, 2015 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book changed the why I dealt with money. The point of this book is simply that we can't take our money with us, but we can send it on ahead of us by using it for God's interests here on earth. God owns everything, I'm just one of His money managers - a steward. My heart always goes where I put God's money. If I believe that my true home is yet to come, I will spend my money for the "line" of my future reality rather than the "dot" of my present reality. Giving is the "antidote to materialis ...more
Seth Pierce
The author has several good stories, and a few fun metaphors. However, the exegesis can be a little thin in places, and while some of the "treasure principles" are good, some seem pretty simple which ends up feeling anticlimactic.

The questions at the end are fine, but many times feel leading and a little fake. While he doesn't espouse the prosperity gospel, he does skirt the edges a few times.

The book has a cool cover, some good stories, but the biblical/practical side feels a little simplisti
Jul 16, 2015 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book, gives great points, well defended from scripture. I wonder if the reviews stating he is looking to gain money for something actually read the book? Alcorn's testimony makes it clear he is not interested in money for himself. he doesn't even receive royalties from his book. There are pastors who will push this book out of greed, but Alcorn is not that man. If you don't trust that your church will use money for God's Kingdom, but for a Pastor's I think it is wise to look for ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn is one of many books on the market encouraging Christians to give first to the Lord and trust in His blessings. This books stands head and shoulders above others in this genre because the author truly lives the message of which he writes. Alcorn, who is well known for his many books, especially Heaven, lives on minimum wage. All of his books belong to his church which donates 90% of the profits to charities close to Alcorn's heart. Compare this to other pas ...more
Eric Nelson
Nice discussion on joy, glorification, and a godly perspective on life, that comes from Jesus' brief parable about finding the treasure in the field. Alcorn, however, exchanges Jesus' wider paradigm of love for the paradigm given to us by bankers and capitalists. Although there are many things I will revisit as I discuss stewardship in the future (e.g., section on Tyranny of Things and principle #5: Giving is the antidote to materialism), Acorn's starting point sets the whole tone of the book, a ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-giving
"The point is this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver". 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

A wonderful book that answers many questions I had about money and its grip on my life. I have been a cheerful and a not so cheerful giver, but also a cheerful spender and they don't mix. He discusses the blessings that come with giving a
Jun 03, 2013 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stewardship
This small, persuasive and popular book (5 STAR ranking on AMAZON) is organized around the six principles.

The value and importance of each principle is magnified in each of the six chapters. On the last page, the reader is invited to sign "My Giving Covenant" to live by the six principles. The book is written to lead readers to make a decision now.

There are many memorable comments that are very quotable.

Here are a few:
· "We're most like God when we're giving." --Dixie Fraley
· "As thunder foll
Mar 21, 2012 Jamey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
As the title so revealingly puts it, this book is about "Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving." Alcorn, in 95 little pages, encourages his Christian brethren to rethink what it means to give to the Lord. Most Christians do not tithe, and store up treasures on earth in this present time. Alcorn emphasizes the fact that WE DON'T LIVE HERE!! We're going to reside on this planet for 100 years, maybe, and in heaven for eternity. It just makes sense to stop building on our possessions in this life, a ...more
Jan 20, 2008 Mikejencostanzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. EPM exists to meet the needs of the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled and unsupported people around the world.

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“God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). This doesn’t mean we should give only when we’re feeling cheerful. The cheerfulness often comes during and after the act of obedience, not before it. So don’t wait until you feel like giving—it could be a long wait! Just give and watch the joy follow.” 1 likes
“Andrew Carnegie said, “The almighty dollar bequeathed to a child is an almighty curse. No man has the right to handicap his son with such a burden as great wealth.” 0 likes
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