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4,0 von 5 SternenBiblical giving without thought of gain
31. Oktober 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This book presents the Biblical concept of living generously as a basic principle of Christian faith. The author spends most of his time convincing his readers that by global standards they are already rich, with most Americans being in the top 4 percent of worldwide wealth. So, according to the author, becoming good at being rich is the great challenge, not grasping at attaining further wealth. Being good at being rich means generous giving to those who cannot give back. The idea of giving in order to gain more is the the antithesis of being rich. This biblically centered teaching on giving provides a breath of fresh air to the selfish, self-centered form of giving strictly in order to gain promulgated by the so-called prosperity ministers. However, I think that the author becomes overly repetitious in describing the problem of realizing that we are already rich and not nearly enough time in providing examples of what generosity looks like on a practical level. I have read about the Be Rich campaigns held at the author's church. The congregation is taught to not only give generously of their money to benefit charitable rganizations but also to give just as generously of themselves in volunteer work for these same organizations. This combination has a powerful impact on the congregants, their communities, and on charities around the world that have been the recipients of Be Rich campaigns. I was hoping that the book would cover the amazing results achieved on behalf of the needy by an ordinary church family that behaves much like the early church in its ministry of kindness and generosity. Replication on a large scale could revitalize churches, making them highly relevant to their surrounding communities and to worthy causes around the globe.
Andy did a great job with exposing our wealth and getting us out of our small mindedness. His illustrations are well chosen. His thoughts about generosity are on point. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is his take on the tithe is weak and typical of a generation afraid to cross PC lines. The tithe is an unpopular doctrine precisely because of the rampant materialism of our culture. It isn't a matter of the law (it predates the law by hundreds of years). I have yet to meet anyone who argues against the tithe who, at the same time, argues for a higher percentage than the tithe, but if we were true to Jesus teaching, we would have to give MORE than the law requires (read the sermon on the Mt) if it really was a matter of law, which it isn't. Having said that, it would appear Andy tithes ( he seems to use it as a baseline in his own giving though he doesn't teach that it should be everybody's baseline). He even goes so far as to suggest your percentage giving should rise as your income rises. Three cheers for that. So my complaint is minimal (and admittedly controversial today) and I would still highly recommend the book.
5,0 von 5 Sternenhow to be Rich - I thought I knew. This book showed me I had barely a clue.
17. Mai 2014 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I loved this book. I used it as the basis for a sermon series I did for our church. Andy writes with such clarity and makes me laugh out loud with his quick wit. He takes the discussion of money that many Evangelical pastors are flat out afraid to address and puts it in its appropriate realm as an essential ingredient in the discipleship process. It's not about money; it's about your heart.
I highly recommend this book for all Christ followers at any stage of your spiritual journey. It is a must read for pastors, elders and other church leaders. It is also a good read for the skeptic of Christianity who thinks churches just want your money. Nothing could be further from the truth. God wants so much more. You will have to read this book to see what I mean
5,0 von 5 SternenThis is for people who make or ever plan to make $37K annually or more.
11. März 2014 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
If you make $37,000, you are in the top 4% of income earners in the world. The majority of the world looks at me and you and believes we are rich. I don’t feel that way and you probably don’t feel that way. But we’re in the “top 4% club”. Whether we feel rich or not, we’re rich . . . globally speaking.
We complain about things like bad cell phone service, computer problems, car trouble, fight delays, watering bans, etc. All rich-people problems. This shouldn’t make you feel guilty but grateful.
“Rich” is a moving target. No matter how much money we have or make, we will probably never consider ourselves rich. The biggest challenge facing rich people is that they’ve lost their ability to recognize that they’re rich. -Andy Stanley
Here’s the sad reality: The richer people get, the smaller the percentage of money they give away. The key is to posses money without it possessing you.
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Here’s what the Apostle Paul says about us:
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6: 17)
To keep your hope from migrating toward your money, Andy suggests adopting this mantra:
“I will not trust in riches but in him who richly provides.”
In order to protect yourself from the negative side effects of wealth, Andy Stanley offers an antidote: generosity. Extreme generosity was the reputation of the first century Christians. They were inexplicably compassionate and generous. They had little, but they gave.
There are a couple of chapters dedicated to helping you develop a generosity plan that is sustainable. Andy Stanley then closes the book by challenging Christians to not be average with their generosity but, instead, be rich.
I recommend this book for anyone one makes or ever plans to make $37,000 or more annually.