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The Treasure Principle

Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving

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In this first book in the new LifeChange series, bestselling author Randy Alcorn introduces readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity that will change lives around the world. Ninety-five percent of Christians have never come to terms with a biblical perspective on their material possessions, Alcorn writes. God has entrusted His wealth to us and called upon us to manage and invest His money. This is in everyone's best interests, including our own. When Jesus told His followers to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven," he intended that they discover an astounding secret: how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and his children maximum pleasure.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 05, 2005 – "When you discover the secret joy of the Treasure Principle, I guarantee you'll never be content with less." So claims Alcorn in the introduction to this small gift book on Christian generosity. Noting that fifteen percent of Christ's teachings in the New Testament deal with money and possessions-more than his teachings on heaven and hell combined-Alcorn compares heavenly treasure, which is eternal, with earthly riches, which "will always be lost" after death. Alcorn encourages Christians to understand that everything they believe they own is actually God's; they are merely managers. He is a compelling storyteller, whether drawing on Scripture, accounts of others who have lived generously, or recounting his own experiences; all of his book royalties and a large portion of his salary go to charity. Analyzing the pervasive disease of "affluenza" and the fact that Americans' unprecedented wealth does not seem to be bringing extraordinary happiness, he says that he and other people who have discovered the secret of unfettered giving know that they are storing up treasures in heaven, their true home. Alcorn's writing here is more akin to a motivational speech (including an overabundance of rhetorical questions, italicized words and exclamation points for emphasis) than a book. However, many Christians will appreciate his countercultural messages that "giving is the only antidote to materialism" and the "health and wealth gospel dishonors Christ." Indeed, for many, this could be a life-changing book.

Customer Reviews

What Do You Treasure?

This is the third Alcorn book I have completed and one that takes no time to read. Recently a colleague of mine gave away a dozen or so of The Treasure Principle, and I became interested in reading these 100 pages about giving. I do own Alcorn's Money, Possessions, and Eternity's, a much larger layman's theology of stewardship, but I have had difficulty getting motivated to complete the 500 pages of mouse print.

The Treasure Principle is divided into six chapters and contains six treasure principle keys...

Principle #1: God owns everything. I'm his money manager - We are merely taking care of the possessions God has leant us.

Principle #2: My heart always goes where I put God's money - Put the money you earn into eternal things like missions.

Principle #3: Heaven, not Earth is my home - Our true homeland is a home that God is preparing for us.

Principle #4: I should live not for the dot, but for the line - The dot is our present life on Earth, but there is a line that extends from that dot that does not stop. This is eternity in Heaven and that is what we should set our minds on.

Principle #5: Giving is the antidote to materialism - Giving reminds us that we are to not to be living for the world or ourselves. We were created to give God all the glory.

Principle #6: God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving - God blesses us so we can bless others.

Fans of prosperity gospel preachers like T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen will not like this book. On the other hand, if you crave Scripture passages and illustrations told with life-changing joy, The Treasure Principle is for you. Reading this book will make you evaluate the financial decisions you are making.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Matthew 6:19-20

The Treasure Principle
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Christianity
  • Published: Oct 09, 2001
  • Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 128 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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