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BRANSON'S LAW: Mary Kinney Branson's groundbreaking new book begins and ends with a statement that every Christian should learn about stewardship. She says: It all boils down to a simple formula: The extent of misuse is directly proportionate to the distance between the giver and the spender. Mary is much too humble to call it this, but I think it should be called Branson's law. She has spent years agonizing and analyzing what goes wrong when Christian institutions become so large and so unaccountable to the people who fund them, that they lose touch with the higher purpose that they were intended to serve. Branson is not talking about geographical distance between the giver and the spender. She's not talking about organizational distance or social distance either. She is talking about the most fundamental distance possible in a religious community---spiritual distance. The spiritual distance is enormous between the humble widows who give their last mites for what they believe is God's work and the arrogant denominational executives and wanna-be mega-church preachers who spend their money to brand their names in the Christian marketplace. SPENDING GOD'S MONEY: EXTRAVAGANCE AND MISUSE IN THE NAME OF MINISTRY ought to be in the library of every church and on the bookshelf in every Christian home. Every church and every Christian has a responsibility to make sure that the resources they give to God's work are spent wisely. --Dr. Bruce Prescott Mainstream Oklahoma Baptist

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Mary Kinney Branson served six years on a local church staff and a combined 16 years as Editing Director for the Home Mission Board and Director of Marketing for the North American Mission Board. She is the author of 17 books and is president of AptWord, Inc., a literary service that assists writers in preparing their books for publication.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Father's Press; 2nd edition (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977940764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977940769
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,770,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Coffee on May 25, 2007
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Ministry has become a path to wealth. Too much money with no accountability is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. We give to the cooperative program for missions...not for private dining rooms and catered lunches for VP's at NAMB. Not to mention the extra money they make writing books on the job and collecting royalties. Has sin been so dumbed down that these people do not even notice that they are using the tithe dollars of brothers and sisters in Christ for personal gain? Shameful.

It has become a monolithe with no REAL spiritual oversight. What is the answer? Send your money to a missionary personally.

My view is if these types of jobs paid less than six figures they may attract more shepherd like men. Take away the celebrity status and no writing books. After all, our Savior had no where to lay His head and Paul made tents.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Drayton M. Sanders on March 24, 2007
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Mary Branson has wriiten a couageous report of her experience working for leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention who have been corupted by power. It is an indictment of those who abused and defrauded the laity, but is also an indictment of the laity who failed to monitor and exercise prudent stuardship over God's money. Appropriate auditing and involement by people in the pew might have prevented this dreadful happening. It is a must read for anyone connected with the Southern Baptist Convention.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Haas on February 5, 2007
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As painful as it was to read, I was impressed by the fair, direct, and loving manner in which it was written. It serves as a prophetic warning to American shepherds that God will not allow greed to remain hidden forever. I intend to get this book into as many hands as possible.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Z. Schwartz on March 5, 2007
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Branson shares her first hand knowledge of how these people spent money sent by well-meaning believers for their own indulgent lifestyles. The book is fair and impartial, and lets the reader be the judge. This is a book that needed to be written!
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