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Managing God's Money: A Biblical Guide [Kindle Edition]

Randy Alcorn
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Book Description

God cares a great deal more about our money than most of us imagine. The sheer enormity of Scripture’s teaching on this subject screams for our attention. In fact, Jesus says more about how we are to view and handle money and possessions than about any other topic—including both heaven and hell. In Managing God's Money, Randy Alcorn breaks down exactly what the Bible has to say about how we are to handle our money and posessions in a simple, easy-to-follow format. Filled with Scripture references, Managing God's Money is the perfect reference tool for anyone who is interested in gaining a solid biblical understanding of money, possessions, and eternity.


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"Randy Alcorn is back, writing about a topic he’s very familiar with—financial stewardship. He cites scripture as he explains that everything we own is given to us by God and, therefore, should be treated as precious and borrowed. Jon Gauger accomplishes one of the more difficult tasks of a narrator in that he makes this work his own. He reads with great feeling—as though he has personally experienced the joys and pitfalls of which Alcorn writes. When sharing a deep, theological truth, his measured voice helps the listener meditate on what is being read. Gauger and Alcorn combine for an enjoyable experience that, if heeded, will prove fruitful in this life and the next." 
T.D. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

About the Author

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries and the best-selling author of Heaven; Money, Possessions, and Eternity; The Treasure Principle; If God Is Good; Deadline; Dominion; Deception; and Safely Home. Randy and his wife, Nanci, live in Oregon and have two married daughters.


Product Details

  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414345534
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MPRVP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Managing God's Money deals with the whole spectrum of Christian stewardship, and addresses issues like insurance and inheritance, gambling, saving, investing, giving and debt. And, in true Alcorn style, the theme of stewardship is woven throughout the book.

What I Liked About Managing God's Money

1. This book makes sure the proper foundation is laid for good financial planning. That foundation, of course, is our understanding that nothing we have is ours. Our money is really God's money. As such, we need to understand how we should handle what the Master has entrusted to his stewards. This book helps you get that mindset firmly rooted in Scripture.

2. Alcorn offers some very challenging words throughout the book on fighting against our culture of materialism. He cleverly calls materialism the disease of "affluenza".

3. I particularly liked the back of the book, which provided some common sense answers to questions about debt, retirement funds, investing, and leaving an inheritance. I thought his words on giving money now compared to leaving it to good causes when we die provided a good challenge and great clarity.

4. There's been a response recently to materialism within some Christian circles that has to do with creating a simple lifestyle. Randy provides a great distinction between a simple lifestyle and a strategic one:

"Simple living may be self-centered. Strategic living is Kindgom-centered."

"If I'm devoted to "simple living," I may reject a computer because it's modern and nonessential. But if I live a strategic lifestyle, the computer may serve as a tool for Kingdom purposes.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Prequel" to other money courses July 15, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I began reading Managing God's Money by Randy Alcorn before we left on our big vacation, and I finished it within the first few hours of being on the road. In some ways, this was a very easy book to read. It's not too long, the chapters are organized well, the concepts are easy to grasp. In some ways, it was a difficult book to read--especially when I felt challenged to look at how I handle money. I could be reading along and say, "Oh good, I already do that." Easy part. Then turn the page and feel, "Oh, I don't do that. I don't like that at all. He's saying I should change." Hard part. Temptation to put the book down and stop reading. I found during these times it was good to keep pressing on. And also to acknowledge my shortcomings and pray for a change of heart.

I have read many books by Christian authors on handling money. I felt prompted to read this book, but I asked, "Why?" We've read Larry Burkett, we did the Dave Ramsey course, and even a small-group study by Crown Financial Ministries, why did I feel like I should read another book? I pulled up the book on Amazon.com and looked at the table of contents (using the "Look Inside" feature). That right there motivated me to pick up the book. Think of this as a "prequel" to Dave Ramsey, Larry Burkett, and the others. It deals with a heart focus more comprehensively. The book answers questions that I have wrestled with even after going through other courses.

The table of contents really is helpful in knowing what the book contains. The book is divided into 6 sections. Under each chapter title lists a set of questions that the particular chapter tackles. Such as Chapter 1: Are we faithful in how we handle money?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Resource on Christian Stewardship June 30, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If the polls are correct, many Christians spend more on their pets than they give to missionaries (our pets are better cared for than our missionaries). If the polls are correct, most Christians only tithe about 2% of their income. Even if those polls are a bit off, I think it is safe to say all of us need to hold a little (or a lot!) less tightly to our cash and coin. So when Tyndale made Alcorn's "Managing God's Money" available for review, I quickly requested it. I've not read anything by Alcorn before this one; I was happy to see he did his best to summarize the Bible's teaching on how Christians should handle the money God has given them to utilize as pilgrims and stewards.

The book consists of six sections: 1) Money and possessions in the Bible, 2), Perspectives that hinder biblical money management, 3) Stewardship in light of eternity, 4) Giving and sharing, 5) Wisdom and money, and 6) Training our children (and churches) about biblical money management.

One part I appreciated was Alcorn's discussion of materialism. He writes about the materialistic aspect of Western culture, how it affects all of us, and how we can fight it. Alcorn also rightly criticizes the prosperity gospel: "Prosperity theology is like chocolate-covered rat poison." He mentions the suffering Christians are often called to and also explains that God often gives his people wealth so they can give it to others who need it. Alcorn gives a great quote by Augustine: "Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others."

One part of this book I wasn't completely convinced by was Alcorn's discussion of rewards in chapter 11.
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great book
Published 11 days ago by Gary Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!!!
This is an excellent book that every Christian should read. Randy does a phenomenal job at explaining money and how we are to view money. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Janet
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most excellent purchase I ever made!
Published 1 month ago by Charlene Laguer
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't know before this book that my tithe money ...
I didn't know before this book that my tithe money should come off the gross amount of my check and not the net amount. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jolin R. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars a rich resource
Every Christian, every church needs to study and embrace what God teaches us about money and possessions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ronnie Collins
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great book
Published 2 months ago by Angela Wazny
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book helps you get a different perspective on how money should be spent.
Published 3 months ago by J. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Conservative and Biblical
This is, indeed a "biblical guide." Alcorn discusses multiple passages from the Bible to defend his theology of financial stewardship. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lori Schwilling
5.0 out of 5 stars Managing God's Money: A Biblical Guide
Received in great condition for a used edition, looks almost new. The book concepts are very easy to understand and are supported by biblical references. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Angel O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Perspective!
This book was recommended from materials I studied with Crown Financial. Between those aforementioned materials and this book, my view of finances has had a paradigm shift of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dennis J. O'connell
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More About the Author

Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God's Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.

Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has an MA degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and has taught on the adjunct faculties of both.

A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written more than forty books, including Courageous, Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His books in print exceed seven million and have been translated into over fifty languages. Randy has written for many magazines including EPM's issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives. He is active daily on Facebook and Twitter, has been a guest on more than 700 radio, television and online programs including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, The Bible Answer Man, and The Resurgence.

Randy resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading.

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