Tithing: Test Me in This (Ancient Practices)
Stories of people who live a generous and happy life (and why you'll want to live that way too).
Journalist Douglas LeBlanc travels the nation to talk with believers whose lives have been enriched by the ancient spiritual discipline of tithing. He discovers people along the way who do not understand the practice as an onerous law but as God's call to a life of generosity...more
Leblanc, a journalist, filled the book with interviews he conducted with people representing a wide swath of the Judeo-Christian faith traditions (and it's important that I emphasize traditions, plural, there because Leblanc's list of interviewees includes a Rabbi as well as representatives from nearly every p...more
Some of the stories resonated with me. Other stories left me wondering "why exactly are they tithing?" as I didn't see a spiri...more
Some of his subjects are Randy Alcorn, Ron Sider, and Ed Bacon. Most of his subjects relate their history of tithing and why they chose to do it. What is in...more
Certainly tithing is one of those disciplines that is not given much attention or is given too much attention/focus. I was extremely curious to hear someone elaborate on this idea...more
But here are a few points I enjoyed:
Several times Malachi 3:10 was mentioned ("Test me in this").
Randy Alcorn explains, "...if you take the standard of ten percent and say God required it of the poorest people in Old Testament Israel, and now that we're under the grace of Jesus and we hav...more
Tithing is the act of giving 1/10th, or 10%. This means different things for different people. For some it means giving 10% to their church, for others it means giving 10% to those in need. The tithe has long been a debate in the Christian community, and Leblanc does his best in this book to share the...more
This is a small book and I was grateful for that. While the stories were, at moments, interesting on the whole I felt a little out of my league throughout the book. And I almost felt ashamed at times because I've been a Christian my entire life and still had no clue what references to people, ideas and places meant....more
The author shares his experience going around the country to interview different people (most are leaders of congregations) who are tithe payers. He shares their experience and thoughts about tithing.
He never says if tithing should be required, rather shares their experiences and lets you come to your own conclusions.
Some interesting insights I came away with that I wil...more
The Cross and God’s grace give us salvation; but the life of the saved is more than clinging to the promise of that Cross. We do not live in a monastic cocoon. Saved or not, we are required to live responsibly in a sinful world. And it...more
Short review: It was ok. This was a journalistic/interview take on tithing. Didn't answer many of my questions about what tithing should be about. Didn't have any history of tithing in the Christian church.
I want to like the Ancient Practice series, but I have been disappointed in most of them. They have not been that grounded in scripture or history. Fasting by Scot McKnight has been the best so far.