- File Size: 304 KB
- Print Length: 186 pages
- Publisher: Missional Press (October 12, 2010)
- Publication Date: October 12, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0046ZS2YG
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Generous Soul: An Introduction to Missional Giving Kindle Edition
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Missional Giving is the financial strategy of the missionary manager, purposefully utilizing all the money and possessions God has entrusted to him or her according to His priorities and viewing all financial activity as integral with God's kingdom.
I think that definition is the best attempt I have seen at defining how a Christian should view his/her resources and their obligation to use their resources for the glory of God and advancement of his Kingdom. I cant even imagine what the world would look like if all Christians, if I, faithfully applied that definition to our lives.
Here are some brief thoughts on "The Generous Soul:"
1) The Generous Soul is the next needed step in the Missional Conversation. The Missional conversation has been active, productive, and pretty well rounded... Except for one category and that is how missional living affects how we reach into our pockets. Radical by David Platt is a good book to go to, but it doesn't really deal with our finances as directly as Marty does. I really have not seen a book like The Generous Soul. No one more clearly, directly, and faithfully applies living on mission with God to our finances like Marty does in this book. In my mind- to live a missional life means to apply the gospel to every area of our life- this includes our finances. For many of us, we are not exactly sure how to do that... This is where The Generous Soul is most beneficial. Marty does not give us "3 steps" to Missional Giving. Instead, he gets to the heart of the matter which is a matter of the heart when it comes to missional living- and giving. That leads to my second point...
2) This book is literally for everyone that follows Jesus. When I first knew about The Generous Soul one of my first questions was, "I wonder what he does with the storehouse giving issue?" Thankfully, he does not do anything with it. The principles that Marty lays out in this book transcends that debate. Whether someone believes in storehouse giving or not does not take away from this book. No matter what your belief is on that subject the principles in this book that is drawn out of the Scriptures can be applied by all... and should be. I am grateful that Marty did not tackle that issue in this book because it makes the book usefulness transcend theological differences. Any pastor can feel comfortable putting this book into his people's hands. He can also feel confident in the affect it could have on their life. Which leads to my last point...
3) Until "The Generous Soul" I didn't know of one book on giving that I wanted to keep on my book shelf or give to other believers trying to learn how to better glorify God with their money. In fact, in my area every pastor talks about Dave Ramsey as if he is the answer to all problems. Listen people, Dave Ramsey is not an example of Missional Giving, at all. I went through the class and it made me sick to my stomach. Why? it does what 99% of giving books do- it gives you all the wrong(selfish) motives for being responsible with your money. "Live like no one else so later you can LIVE LIKE NO ONE ELSE!" might be the most unbiblical thing a majority of Evangelical endorse. Fear no more, people- we have a new resource to put into people's hands... Well, that is if you are wanting your people to trust Christ with their finances and give sacrificially because their hearts desire is to live on mission with God in every aspect- including finances.
Marty Duren puts forward what seems like a radical idea, but should really be the norm in his book, "The Generous Soul." In my humble opinion, it is the best book to put in the hands of church members in order to teach them how to live missionally with their finances. It is theologically grounded and biblically driven- rather than driven by the motive of security.
All in all, this book is great- it's biblically sound, challenging, and a needed word for our day.