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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 ov
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Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Multnomah (first published October 9th 2001)
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Tracey
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
Jo
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
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Jon
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
Bear-it
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.
Jared
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.
Fei
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
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Billy
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
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Marie
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 convicted
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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
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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.
Kelly


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.
Stephen
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
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Shelli
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
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Brian
"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
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Jerry
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
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Jamey
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
Mikejencostanzo
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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
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Josh

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
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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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Jan
Still reading, very repetitive. I understand the concepts that the more you have the more you want and think you need, you are never satisfied. It is better to give than hoard and seek worldly goods you will not take them with you. Giving to others makes you happy, it provides you peace within yourself. However I don't like his concept that God owns everything and I am the manager of his property, if I happen to mismanage his property " oh well" it's not mine anyway. If I damage someone's proper ...more
Joshua D.
I think I've read this book two or three times before. And I find Alcorn's treatment of biblical stewardship in The Treasure Principle to be helpful and motivating, and thus it's a book worth re-visiting on a regular basis. Alcorn begins the book, "All your life, you've been on a treasure hunt. You've been searching for a perfect person and a perfect place. Jesus is that person; heaven is that place." Alcorn then goes on to explain how stewardship in your life now can affect eternity.

"Some book
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Mike Knox
A short but excellent book on money and giving. The Bible is clear: we should invest our money where it will give us maximum returns. Only we mustn’t ask how our investments will pay off in thirty years, but thirty million years (p.18). Yes, here is a book on giving that doesn’t guilt us into giving, but entices us to do so. This is a book about the joy of giving (p.5). We are God’s money managers, and he leaves it to us to set our own salaries (p.26).

Treasure Principle Keys
• God owns everythin
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Jason
Did you realize that you are a money manager? I didn't...and most don't. All money is God's and he has simply entrusted us with managing it in his stead. Can you explain why you keep the % you keep?
Randy goes into 6 principles that can help guide us to remember how to look at the wealth we do accumulate and how to focus on what God calls us to do with it when it comes to us.
From discussing how our heart follows where we put our money to recognizing that a shift to an eternal perspective and how
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Lauren Miller
This is a small book so it's a very quick read, quite easy to get through over a couple of lunch breaks, or a ride on the bus (which is exactly what I did). Alcorn discusses the state of the Church towards Christian giving and the overall LACK of a generous spirit in Christians today.

It's shocking to learn how little giving is emphasized in American churches and Christian homes. I was always raised to believe that at a minimum, you should give 10% to the Lord. Anything given above that is an off
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Kymberly
I love Randy Alcorn books! I feel I got to know him even more deeply through this book and encouraged to look at giving in a whole new way even multiple different ways that are all interlinked! Praise God for this faithful man and this is defiantly a book I want for my library! Thank you Mr. Alcorn!
Matthew
The Treasure Principle is written to encourage people to be generous in the here and now because one day it will be too late. Along with the treasure principle (which I won't give away), Randy gives six additional principles. I especially loved the thought, "God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving"
Pam newsome
I felt this book was really good. I agree with the philosphy that everything i have is God's and He blesses me with opportunities to provide for his other children. I am blessed and humbled He enables me to be a conduit of his love. I didn't care for what felt like to me, too much focus on our rewards in heaven. It felt like for me there was too much focus on the motive for giving being that we would receive rewards for it. I feel our motive shouldnt be about getting but out of being so grateful ...more
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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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