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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802829260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802829269
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Allan Powell is a Bible scholar and theologian widely recognized for his work in spiritual formation and congregational ministries. The Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament Studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, he is the author of nearly twenty books, including Loving Jesus and the massive Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music.

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It is very much bible based, giving many passages of reference.
Janice A. Fisher
I'm involved in a stewardship group at church and this book gave some new & interesting ideas for thought & discussion.
linda m taupier
This is a must read for anyone interested in stewardship regardless of demonination.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Russell Peek on September 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a pastor of a congregation and we are using this as a congregational-wide discussion on the theology of stewardship. What I treasure about this book is that it starts with a good theological background before getting into nuts and bolts sorts of issues. Because Powell argues that all of life is about stewardship, this book is an excellent read for those who are tired of seeing people who only associate stewardship with church fundraising.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Musser on November 5, 2006
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This is a great book on stewardship. It's easy to read and provides good news on the subject from a completely different perspective than I have ever heard before. I am using this book in adult Christian Education classes and it is overwhelmingly positively regarded. Mark Allen Powell is a superb author with keen insight and fresh perspective. I highly recommend this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark in Maquoketa on June 25, 2007
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The very unique but biblical position that the author takes on giving is totally refreshing. So many books just want to press on with tithing or guilt trip stewardship, but this refreshing look at the whole concept made me want to give even more - not just money but time. We all need to consider that everything we have is a gift from God and how we use all of these gifts (not just 10%) is important.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Toney on February 12, 2009
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This book is a quick read but powerful conceptually for helping us to transform our thinking about God and who He is. It is about stewardship and understanding that everything belongs to God. Stewardship is an act of worship, expression of faith and a discipline for spiritual growth. It is important that we not on be good stewards in terms of finances but also in terms of our time and talents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Rhodenhiser on February 3, 2012
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My congregation studied this book. Mr. Powell is good at inviting theological reflection and insight into the meaning of giving, and an engaging writer. This is undermined by the chapter in which he encourages people to figure their "share" of a congregational budget, partly based on his mental algebra of what a responsible share would be. Most congregations I know do not budget as they would if generosity was the norm, because many attenders are not proportional givers. And many congregations would go out of business if generous givers who embrace generosity, and/or the tithe as a marker of generosity, adopted Mr. Powell's approach, and cut back their gifts of 7, 9, 12% of their income by adopting his fair share of the whole concept of doing one's part, and then perhaps more, not generosity. Many people use comparative justification to fail to discover generosity, and so hold us all back from helping our country to flourish through intelligent creative giving. The "share" is a poor heuristic anchor for generosity, which is why the parable of the talents doesn't endorse it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Slice on October 25, 2009
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Giving to God by Mark Allen Powell is an easy read on the subject of stewardship. It is written from a Lutheran perspective, but is Biblical based with scriptures to support the authors point of view. He presents some interesting concepts, some old some new,and thought provoking. The author's writing style is easy to read and the layout of the information is well organized. This is a must read for anyone interested in stewardship regardless of demonination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janice A. Fisher on March 4, 2009
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I bought this book to prepare myself for a stewardship chairperson position within my Lutheran church. It is very, very clear. It is very much bible based, giving many passages of reference. It gives wonderful ideas regarding stewardship and loving God. It was even more than I expected! I plan to have each committee member read it. If we are all fired up about stewardship and what God expects of us, perhaps we can get our congregtion fired up as well.
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Mark Allen Powell uses personal vignettes along side the biblical witness to open up the matter of generosity. Where does it come from? What are our own expectations, hopes, and how does our own generosity reveal God at work in us and in this world.
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