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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." 
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About the Author

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. Alcorn is the author of over 40 books, including Heaven; Money, Possessions and Eternity; Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments; and The Treasure Principle. His novels include Deadline; Dominion; Deception; and Safely Home. Alcorn resides in Oregon with his wife, Nanci.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414345534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414345536
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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