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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: .W Publishing (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061541186X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615411866
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Reverend Eric Foley is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Seoul USA and the pastor of .W, a congregation of The Evangelical Church that meets simultaneously in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Seoul, Korea. Over the past twenty years he has trained more than 1,300 Christian NGOs and churches how to build volunteer and giving programs grounded in distinctively Christian discipleship practices. He is a much sought-after speaker and the author of Coach Your Champions, a “ministry fable” primer in Transformational Giving. He lives with his wife, Hyun Sook, the co-founder and President of Seoul USA, in Colorado.

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The Reverend Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Hyun Sook Foley, of Seoul USA, a multinational, multicultural ministry supporting the work of the indigenous underground church in North Korea and the spreading of historic underground Christian discipleship practices worldwide. Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and the Seoul USA executive team oversee a far-flung staff in the US and across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. Foley is Dean of Underground University, a missionary training college for North Koreans. He is committed to equipping North Korean church leaders for comprehensive underground Christian service.

Rev. Foley pastors .W (which stands for DOTW, or Doers Of The Word) Evangelical Churches in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Seoul, Korea, congregations of The Evangelical Church of North America denomination. Over the past twenty years he has helped more than 1,300 churches and Christian NGOs learn how to build volunteer and giving programs. Most recently, he has taught them how to adapt discipleship practices of the North Korean underground church (and other underground churches throughout history) to churches in countries with freedom of religion.

Rev. Foley received a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Purdue University, served as Presidential Scholar at Christian Theological Seminary, and received a master's degree in Applied Communication and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Denver. He is currently a doctoral student and Nonprofit Fellow in the Doctor of Management Program in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where his research centers on the happiness of North Korean defectors. He is an ordained pastor of The Evangelical Church of North America.

Rev. Foley and his wife, Hyun Sook, the Co-Founder and President of Seoul USA and a doctoral student at Regent University, divide their time between Colorado and Seoul. They have four children. His books, Coach Your Champions and The Whole Life Offering are available through amazon.com. His congregational training manuals and persecuted church discipleship manifesto Church is for Amateurs are available through Seoul USA.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Whole Life Offering is a discipleship primer in which the reader comes away with a keen awareness of how to eat, drink, sleep, work, and do whatever else it is that we do on a daily basis, all to the glory of God. While it has a few dull spots here and there, and one minor technical error about a Hebrew root (p. 241), this book is a must-read for people who are serious about being doers of the Word rather than hearers only. Foley's Whole Life Offering functions as a practical Christian-life handbook - a discipleship guide that reiterates the two greatest commandments (Matt 22:37-39), and suggests a systematic, whole-life method for carrying out these commands on a daily basis.

Foley demonstrates that Christianity is much more than a cultural, feel-good, check-list religion, in which we participate in random acts of kindness, or service that is mindless, perfunctory, or just-for-fun. He shows that true Christianity is a whole-hearted love for God that is cultivated and expressed through seven works of piety and ten works of mercy. The works of piety are essentially the spiritual disciplines in which the works of mercy are rooted; the works of mercy can be defined as radical God-like philanthropy - true love of mankind that is borne out of a heart that has acknowledged and received God's love, and mirrors that same love into the world.

I am thrilled to give this book a hearty recommendation. It has significantly impacted how I walk with God, how I lead & love my family, how I do ministry as a pastor, and how I interact with the world around me - indeed, this book, by the grace of God, has been a major transformational tool that has affected my whole life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Freeman on June 8, 2011
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Perhaps "butt-kicking" would be more accurate than "challenging." Foley manages to very effectively dismantle our culturally (religious or secular) practice of "philanthropy" and to systematically present a divine philanthropy that is "comprehensive, direct, beneficient, unwarranted, unwavering friendship with all people." Having stepped out of a more cloistered version of Christianity that knew little in theory or practice about biblical philanthropy into a church setting that is seeking to be immersed in it, most of Foley's points weren't new to me. But he took me deeper. The book has the feel of a textbook - it certainly is no light devotional read! But don't let that put you off. It drew me in, it fed me - or perhaps better it reminded me of how much I have been fed and filled - and sent me out hungry to share with the hungry in the full spectrum of the ten "works of mercy" that Foley describes. Foley's book is a wonderful and thorough call - and polemic - for the "true and undefiled religion" of James 1:27. Take and read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Small Change Jason on June 10, 2011
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This book for donors, volunteers, nonprofits, and philanthropists that breathes life into giving. This book makes a bold declaration that everything is connected and how we give should flow out of who we are. If you are a Christian, this book will change your perspective on how you live out your faith and give. If you are not a Christian, this book makes some remarkable claims about how faith can and should impact your giving. The Whole Life Offering walks the reader through a number of principles that govern how we think of philanthropy. Each of these principles is explained from seven perspectives using these Works of Piety: Searching the Scriptures, Learning, Worshiping, Praying, Self-Denial, Serving, and Giving. This book has helped me to think deeper and act more intentionally. This book is a valuable tool and guide in living and giving well.
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