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This practical and refreshing theology of money contains topical and Scripture indexes, a study guide, and five helpful appendixes.

Randy Alcorn presents a biblical and comprehensive view of money and possessions, including the following:
Why is money so important to God?
How can we be liberated from materialism?
What should we do about debt?
How much does God want us to give?
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 1989)
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Jimmy
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This work is worth the money and time in buying and reading from front to end. If you do not have money, sell your possessions to buy it! Our church has read this for our mid-week fellowship and it has challenged all of us in our Christian life when it comes to the issue of finance and posessions. It has also been used by the Lord to make me re-evaluate and re-affirm the importance of what I do in this life now, in light of the reality that there is an eternity with God coming. This work is best ...more
Travis Bow
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-audio
I finished this book last year and kept meaning to write a really in-depth review of it, citing every verse and backing up every point. About 50 pages of notes in I realized that that wasn't going to happen, so here's the extremely abbreviated version, with only quotes that well-versed (ha-ha?) Bible-reader might not be aware of.

This is a solid book with some good thoughts on just about every question a Christian might have about how to use money. Some of the side theology gets a little weird*,
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Carina Shephard
If you're a Christian, you need to read Money, Possessions and Eternity ASAP. While reading I found myself being challenged, and it changed my outlook on how I'm supposed to interact with and handle money as a Christian. It combines tons of Bible verses and practical discussions on financial matters with a very readable and engaging writing style. Probably best for high school students and up. ...more
Lillie
I thought I had a fair grasp of stewardship, but this book has made me re-think everything I thought I knew. Randy Alcorn says our tithe is just the beginning. If all we do is tithe, we are spending money on ourselves that should be spent on things of eternity--giving to God's work in the world. His position, well backed up by Scripture, is that the poorest people in the Western World are richer than most of the people worldwide. Yet, we often think we have earned our money and possessions and w ...more
Mary
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can’t help but be convicted about your money choices if you read this book. But it’s not a beat you over the head writing. Instead Randy gives solid Biblical principles for how Christians should be thinking about wealth, eternity, and possessions (just like the title says!). I knew I needed to change some things right away.
Kayla Hollatz
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has made a profound impact on my financial stewardship and generosity journey. It's a resource I'll be returning to for the rest of my life. Don't let its length deter you. It's well worth the read! ...more
Aria
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW THIS WAS GOOD.
Amy
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't such a thick book! It's the Treasure Principle fully expounded upon and more. ...more
Hannah Porter
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It could use a little updating in verbiage on women making their own money, but overall very valuable.
Joseph
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A basic review would echo what others have written about this book. I instead shall answer a three star review that can also be found on this page.
The reviewer is rather harsh with Mr. Alcorn as she states that good can be done even if the money donated is not given to evangelical organizations. Especially third world evangelical missions. She missed the point. In point of fact Mr. Alcorn teaches that giving should first be given to the local church, a biblical stand. Then he encourages helping
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Jeice
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review is being written years after I read this book, but the impression this book left on me is still quite strong. It's hard to imagine Money, Possessions, and Eternity not having a serious impact on your life. Even if there are no visible changes to your life, spending habits, philosophy, etc, you'll at least likely feel the weight of what Randy Alcorn presents.

Easily the best and hardest parts of this book are the pages and pages of bible verses Alcorn collects displaying the way God c
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Melanie
Book will make your head explode. It starts out well but eventually (right about the time you get sick of reading it, around chapter 15 or so) starts falling apart. I understand giving generously to charities, but I don't believe they must exclusively be third-world evangelical charities. There are plenty of non-sectarian charities that do noble work, even if it is something other than evangelism. I also don't believe in failing to plan for retirement in order to trust that God will provide. May ...more
Ed
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great book on giving, using your money, saving, teaching children on how to give. If the principles discussed in this book were followed, there would be no financial problems for the Christian, and families would become strong in the church. There is a lot of information and practical suggestions mentioned in this book. It is also all backed up by Scripture.
Lee Murray Brazos Booksellers
I really wanted to like this book because the subject matter is so very important. Good points listed, but the author really ranges across an entire panoply of Christian life far beyond Money, Possessions, and Eternity. I'm really not sure ghost authoring or whether or not Christian organizations should partner with singing groups to get their product out to the market are only some of the subjects that have little relevance with this subject. These subjects should be discussed, but a book on fi ...more
Emily Ardolf
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had a ton of insightful pieces since I grew up in a non-Christian home that was poor and became quick to jump on the debt bandwagon and was raised never learning how to balance a checkbook. I loved the kingdom and eternal mindset the author presents. There were a couple absolute statements the author made that I found to be unrealistic. One was being against giving through a bank draft, which the author claimed wouldn’t feel like a loss compared to handwriting a check. Never mind the f ...more
Jared
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Few people would deny that money has a great impact on the world around us. But more than mattering to the world, money really does seem to matter to God, with Jesus regularly teaching on it. Unfortunately money can easily become a topic that's neglected by Christians, either feeling like they're unable to obey God's commands on giving, or unfortunately told that simply giving 10% to the church is all God cares about.

This book is a clarifying resources for the Christian thinking about money. It
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Dave Miller
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Alcorn has some good advice about money and possessions and usually cites relevant scripture to support his assertions. In some cases though (especially his conjectures about heaven and eternity) he twists bible verses to give the appearance of scriptural support. For example in chapter 8, Alcorn cites Revelation 6:9-11 and concludes that inhabitants of heaven have knowledge of what is happening on the earth. Nothing in that verse even suggests such knowledge. Additionally, Alcorn uses the words ...more
Jennifer DuBose
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Since quarantine started, and way before if I’m being totally honest, I’ve fallen into some pretty terrible online shopping habits. It has gotten to the point where I just buy junk online because I’m bored. I thought, this can’t be what God wants. I’m being so wasteful and stuff-oriented. Shopping has become my idol.

This book was everything I needed to help me quit being so wasteful with my money. It has never been clearer to me through the scriptures presented that Jesus is highly concerned wi
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Christoph Oellermann
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The title of this book could just as well have been: "how to bear fruit as a Christian". Randy engages with the topic of financial stewardship like few other Christian authors have. He sheds light on Biblical truths about money and possessions that are often overlooked, intentionally or perhaps unintentionally, but which cannot be ignored in light of the weight that Christ and the other new testament authors place on how a Christian should steward his or her possessions and finances. He convinci ...more
Dylan
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Personal finance books are almost universally boring. This, however, isn't yo mama's personal finance book. Truth be told, it isn't a personal finance book at all. It is more of a manifesto, encouraging Christians to take a part of their lives that is fraught with spiritual danger and use it to the glory of God.

This isn't to say that there isn't practical advice here, just that the heart of this book is more hortatory and less expository. You won't find graphs or budget tables here. Instead you
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Chris
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: religious, financial, clc
Didn't read every chapter as this is a long book. But read with a group and some of the chapters we split out and shared summaries with each other.

It is a thought provoking book. I don't necessarily disagree with the author's principals, but sometimes is seems he extrapolates from the scriptures and assumes the information is there. There were also a few places where he seemed to contradict himself. I think this was him trying to be thought provoking but add some level of balance. I recommend re
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Joe
This book has had a wonderful impact on my eyesight.

I highly recommend this for every Christian. Do you have reservations about giving? Read this book. Do you feel guilty for not contributing enough? Read this book. Are you faced with new money or old money, or very little money? Read this book.

It is not a short read, which is my one despair - its length may put some readers off, which is a great loss. I wonder if there is a shorter version, which may not have all the juicy fat, but will convey
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Joshua D Young
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Classic Alcorn. His thoroughness with the Biblical text is admirable. Definitely some needful challenging of American Christianity's views toward wealth. Some opinions, while worth thinking on, seemed to be held too strongly (like regarding living an inheritance to your children). If you don't have enough time for this book, read his summary: the Treasure Principle. You can't take it with you, but you can send it ahead. ...more
Johannes Jansson
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
A mixed bag. The first chapter was great, as well as the practical chapters on giving and deciding how much to live on. Several chapters fell flat and were too black-and-white to do anything other than stating the obvious. I strongly disagree with the authors eschatology and views on the promises that God will care for his people in this world and that there is a special blessing (in this life and the next) to be unlocked by giving. All in all a worthwhile, challenging and inspiring read.
Marty Hu
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the most comprehensive book on a proper perspective of giving that I have ever read. The content is superb (the author has an incredible understanding of the Scripture on money and its impact on us), however the book is difficult to get through. So what I did was munch through the book slowly over a period of several weeks. Would still highly recommend for anyone looking to do a deeper dive on spirituality & money.
Mason E Searle
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book on the concept of stewardship and giving. It is NOT a book on how to manage your money or the ten steps to get out of debt. This is entirely Scripture based and discusses how God wants us to spend our money and about what Jesus said and did. An example read that really puts things in the right perspective and challenged me to make some changes in my own life and the way I handle God's money. ...more
Sawn Medrano
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giving-back
Makes sense to understand the whole idea about giving and supporting your church. Presents ideas that help you get past the thoughts of, "I worked so hard, have so many bills, want to do so much..." Helps you to see things in a different light. Even though you've heard these spoken in church and read elsewhere, he brings it together in such a way that you become eager to give more and know that you have more to give. ...more
Bethany
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not a perfect book, nor is it one that I agree with 100%, but I will say it's the best book on the topic of money from a biblical and also a practical perspective. It is uber challenging and convicting and encouraging too. Highly recommend reading with a group in order to discuss and work out together. ...more
Christina
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is super challenging, really good. I just wish it was split into 5 smaller books to make it less daunting. I think parts of it have been, but I read it slowly over almost a year bc the content is rich and gave me a lot to think about, but i took lots of breaks from it too bc it spans so many aspects of life that it’s just a long book.
Tiffany Tubville
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well-written, in depth book by Randy Alcorn focusing on money and possessions in light of eternity. I’ve been convicted of getting caught up in our materialistic culture by wanting a nicer & bigger house. Now I’m encouraged to live simply and exercise contentment so I can give generously! This book will be a great reference tool for my financial stewardship class at church.
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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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