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Replace Stress with Security

Imagine a life in which you don't struggle to make ends meet each month--a life with no debt, a healthy savings account, and solid plans for retirement. Imagine being able to help people in need and give to causes much bigger than your own concerns.

Sound impossible? It isn't. This is how God wants you to live. And it is attainable.

The Generosity Ladder is a must-read if you want to handle your finances in a way that honors God and gives you security for the future. With the help of this practical and insightful book, you'll finally uncover your true level of financial health and discover a step-by-step plan to save, spend, and invest your money in a responsible, godly way.

Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church of the City with locations in New York City, Queens, Brooklyn, and Boca Raton, Florida. He is also the founder of www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com. He and his church appear routinely on lists such as the 50 Most Influential Churches and the 25 Most Innovative Leaders. Nelson lives in New York City.

Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Prior to moving to New York, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

About the Author

Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. Started in 2002 in New York City, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently meets in locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as additional locations in San Francisco and Boca Raton. Nelson is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Donald A. McGavran Award for Outstanding Leadership in Great Commission Research. He is the author of more than seventy-five church growth resources and twelve books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, and Ignite. Nelson is also an experienced church planter, coach, and church-growth strategist. Before to founding The Journey, he served as the director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church. He is also the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the Renegade Pastors Network.

Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Prior to moving to New York, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080107276X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801072765
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Very simple and straight forward!!
Abbie
Nelson produces extremely practical tools for church leaders to use with their congregations.
Dr. S. Craig Bishop
I don't disagree with Searcy's perspective on generosity.
George P. Wood

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ed Crenshaw on October 25, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nelson Searcy has done a great job covering the basics of the Christian perspective for handling our material wealth. The book offers hope for people living under the stress of a flawed financial paradigm, providing simple and practical steps for climbing the ladder toward financial peace. The approach is clearly biblical, guilt-free, and non-legalistic. As a pastor, I plan to use this book to help the people of my congregation understand the freedom that comes through living a generous life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George P. Wood VINE VOICE on February 1, 2013
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Many Americans live with financial stress but long for financial peace. In The Generosity Ladder, Nelson Searcy offers practical, biblical advice for how to fulfill that longing. Searcy mentions sound financial practices such as getting out of debt, creating a budget, and living within one's means (38, 76, 103-105). But he focuses on how to "live an openhanded life," which is the essence of Jesus' teachings about money and possessions (33).

The openhanded life requires a paradigm shift: "your money is not yours. You are just a manager. God doesn't give us increase so that we can be more comfortable or advance our lifestyle. He gives us more so that we can give more" (90). But it also involves taking incremental steps toward greater levels of giving, from "initial giving" (43) to "proportional giving" or tithing (54) to "sacrificial giving" (82). And it results in blessing: "When you begin tithing, God's spiritual laws kick into high gear. Since you are honoring him, he honors you. I'm not promising his blessings are always going to be tangible. But they will be there, tangible and intangible" (73).

I don't disagree with Searcy's perspective on generosity. However, I was disappointed that a book about "financial peace" focused on only one aspect of the biblical teaching on financial stewardship and dealt so cursorily with sound financial practices. The whole biblical teaching is what leads to financial peace, not merely the generosity component of it.

The Generosity Ladder is short (about 100 pages), easy to read, and inexpensive ($6.99). If you register at GenerosityLadder.com, you will receive additional resources to use with the book. However, if pastors use this book in sermon series or church members in Sunday school or small groups, they should supplement it with Christian books that address other aspects of stewardship.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. Craig Bishop on October 23, 2010
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Nelson produces extremely practical tools for church leaders to use with their congregations. This book continues that streak. At a time when economic pressures have strained church budgets, Nelson has served up a ready to use handbook on how individual members can take the next steps toward generous giving. I plan to use this with new givers, to encourage regular givers and as a gift for key donors. It fills the gap in a church leader's financial resource arsenal. I wish I had written it myself!
Dr. S.Craig Bishop, Lead Pastor, BranchCreek Community Church, Harleysville, Pa.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Chambers on October 15, 2010
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Generosity Ladder is a timely resource in extremely difficult financial times. While the concepts of stewardship, tithing, and generosity have been around for centuries, Searcy has presented those concepts in an easy to understand and practical way. I greatly appreciated how he makes no assumptions about the readers previous understandings on the subject matter, but instead starts with the premise that we all have a perspective of some kind, and that the key is shifting our perspective to a Godly one.

As someone who already embraces the concepts presented by Searcy in his book, I found it to be a refreshing reminder of why I already do what I do. For those who may be experiencing these concepts for the very first time, Searcy's book will be a valuable tool to walk the individual from being a first time giver to a sacrificial one.

I will be giving a copy of this book to my entire congregation and to every first time giver in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By consultray on March 3, 2014
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Nelson gives practical methods on how to increase giving in the local church. For pastors and church leaders looking for ways to increase giving 30% and more, this book will help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coquille Church Of Nazarene on April 22, 2013
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After reading maximize, I ordered this book to give to people who took the four month challenge. It challenged me.
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By Abbie on February 18, 2014
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Very simple and straight forward!! This is easy to digest and put into action for those new to generosity or those with a long history of giving.
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By Nicole on January 29, 2014
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If your looking for a way to stop being burdened by money this book will put you on the road to recovery. My Pastor recommended this book, since then I feel better about financial freedom!!
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