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The Treasure Principle

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Published (first published October 9th 2001)
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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
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
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
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
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.

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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
D.K. Brantley
How will you use God's resources? A question that is difficult, but one that must be considered.
Steve Hemmeke
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Kim Karpeles
Randy Alcorn embeds solid principles of wise stewardship of finances in catchy phrases that come across like a sales pitch at times.
His focus on handling money is too narrow a lens to adequately interpret the biblical passages he selects in support of his principles. Jesus warning about where we store our treasure in Matthew 6 applies to more than our financial resources, but Alcorn does not expand the discussion.
Would have liked the concept of giving as a reflexive move in response to God's gra
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.
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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James Courtney
Did not like this book at all. The author sounds like a cultists, and I'm sure he's twisting the words of the Bible. Not that I'm against giving, but this book makes me want to rob a homeless person out of spite. There are some decent points but they were not well made - especially the part where I'm not supposed to leave an inheritance for my children. Proverbs 13:22 says that it is good to leave an inheritance. The author equates abundance with greed and selfishness, but the Bible also says th ...more
Stephanie Blake
I read this book several years ago and plan to read it again. Everything Randy Alcorn writes is good.

Quoting Matthew 13:44,"The kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hid in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field," Randy Alcorn said that this was one of the many references Jesus made about money and possessions. In fact, he said, 15% of everything Christ said pertained to this subject.

I also have been taken with the many co

Good principles here. This is a message I think all Christians (especially in the US) need to hear. I am saddened by how few Christians give, and how little they give, in this country. I have seen far more dedication from Christians in third-world countries and places where they are the strict minority. The principle is simple: don't hoard and store up treasures for yourself here, but store them up in heaven. Give them away to reach the lost and help the poor and needy.

This is a hard concept fo
Jori Richardson
Randy Alcorn, a pastor in Oregon, has written a string of small, pocket-sized books with inviting covers.
This one, "The Treasure Principle," invites you to be free of worldly treasures, and store up eternal treasures in Heaven instead.
The tone of this book is urgent, excited, and infectious.
However, I had expected that Alcorn would lean more toward pleasing God than pleasing himself / yourself by giving riches away. The premise he lays out to his readers is that if you give away 1 penny here on
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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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