Sunday, January 26, 2014

On being rich.

Andy Stanley has done pastors around the world a huge favor by writing How to Be Rich: It’s Not What You Have. It’s what You Do with What You Have. (Zondervan, 2013)
Although we've heard time and time again that the poorest Americans are among the richest people in the world, that if you make $37,000.00 you would be among the top 4% of the world’s most wealthy. We’ve heard it, we know it at one level, but at the same time we don’t want to believe it, because it doesn’t seem like much compared to the person who has just a little bit more.
Taking his cue from 1 Timothy 6: 6 and following, Stanley teaches about generosity, giving as Jesus taught, and using what we've been blessed to bless others. Pastors will find this book an easy read, full of information and ideas that they can use to teach their congregations about giving.
We don’t ‘give’ anything to God, in fact it’s just the other way around, God gives us everything, and He expects us to do something with it other than put it in a bank account, and try to impress people that have even more than we do.
This is a quick read, an easy read, and gives multiple examples on how to help people become the givers they've heard about but thought was something that only other people did.
This book is a wake-up call to the fact that being rich is about more than the amount of dollars in the bank account. Being rich is all about doing the right thing with those dollars.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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