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Revolution in Generosity: Transforming Stewards To Be Rich Toward God Hardcover – May 1, 2008
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Our approach to money and possessions isn’t just important--it’s central to our spiritual lives. Our giving is a reflexive response to the grace of God in our lives. It comes out of the transforming work of Christ in us. I pray that this book will lead you to a greater understanding and appreciation of this truth.
-Randy Alcorn, author of Money, Possessions and Eternity and The Treasure Principle
As we are seeking to become men and women of integrity, we certainly will need to become more God-centered in our approach to giving. Wes Willmer has done a marvelous job of providing a rich resource for the church in A Revolution in Generosity. This is certainly a great opportunity for all of us to learn how to follow a God-centric model of creating a revolution in generosity that will transform lives and ministries beyond our wildest dreams.
-Ken Behr, President, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
Revolution in Generosity intends to show you how to make genuinely biblical choices in every area of your life, including giving and asking. If the ideas in this book were followed, there would be a revolution in generousity among Christians. This book will be an important resource for those who seek to advanse the Kingdom.
-Charles Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship
The Christian church today needs a revolution in generosity--a revolution that will shape Christians into the image of Christ, a revolution that will spread goodwill and the fragment aroma of Christ, a revolution that will fuel authentic transformation. Read the book, join the revolution.
-Chuck Bentley, CEO, Crown Financial Ministries
If this book had been available fifty years ago and resources had been handled with the depth of theological insight that Revolution in Generosity offers, Christian ministry effectiveness today would be radically improved. Now that the book has arrived, I highly recommend it and suggest that ministries not delay another day in implementing these essential principles to further the Great Commission.
-Clyde Cook, President Emeritus, Biola University
Revolution in Generosity rightly contrasts God-oriented stewardship with human-oriented philanthropy. It underscores the urgency for each of us to be rich toward God. It also includes numerous practical suggestions and referrals. If you're in a position of responsibility in fundraising, whether in a local church or in a parachurch organization, do yourself a favor--read this book.
-Franklin Graham, President and CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse
This book offers a refreshing and hugely needed biblical perspective so often absent in ministry. It seeks to show that God has given us a much better way: transformation of our hearts and minds that leads to a whole new motive for giving. Churches and parachurch organizations that humbly apply these biblical principles will revolutionize ministry effectiveness--for all the right reasons.
-Mark Holbrook, President/CEO, Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU)
Managing money in a God-honoring way is one of the great challenges for every Christ-follower. This book will move people toward a more generous future.
-Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
At last, a book about money that doesn't dodge the hard questions and doesn't focus on "fundraising techniques." This collection of scholars, leaders, and practitioners helps us look at money from God's perspective and teaches us how to "grow more generous in our hearts" toward God and others. A must for every pastor, ministry leader, or board member!
-Chip Ingram, President and Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge
Now we have the book written from a biblical worldview with the answers we need. Revolution in Generosity is a must read for all of us who want to move to the next level of effectiveness in fundraising by helping donors see the big picture. Thank you, Wes, for putting the goodies down on a shelf low enough for all of us to reach. You have done a great service to God's work in these times.
-Michael D. Little, President, The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc.
The Christian faith involves all of life. I commend this book to all pastors and parachurch leaders. Focusing on heart transformation is the future for a revolution in generosity for God's work.
-Frank Lofaro, President, Christian Management Association (CMA)
Wes Willmer has been a pioneer among Christian leaders to encourage Christians to follow God’s plan for money, giving and asking that results in a transformed and generous life. This is a good book for any believer serious about their faith.
-Hugh O. Maclellan, Jr., President, Maclellan Foundation
Revolution in Generosity is a compelling vision of "giving and asking" as they were meant to be done in God's eyes. Every person should read this book...you can't afford not to.
-Josh McDowell, author of More Than a Carpenter and Evidence that Demands a Verdict
Revolution in Generosity offers solid teaching that gets at the heart of giving and asking. It is a helpful resource and a much-needed call to all of us in ministry to be transformed in how we view possessions and spiritual growth.
-Elise Morgan, CEO, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) International
Psalm 24 reminds us that God is the ultimate owner of all we are and have. He expects us to be good stewards and invest the resources he has entrusted to us. For Him, returns are measured in eternal values. This book will help you understand the joy of being generous and responsible as you invest and give the resources God has given you.
-Bill Pollard, Chairman Emeritus, ServiceMaster Co.
An important book devoted to an urgent task: transforming scandalously skimpy Christian giving by nurturing Christians genuinely conformed to the image of Christ. Wise, concrete, practical advise from successful practitioners.
-Donald J. Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action
If as a believer, my pursuit of true discipleship is reflected by a prayer life that consistently implores, “Father, what would you have me think, what would you have me say, what would you have me do?” Then as a Christian leader I must pursue being informed in godly practices of fund development. A Revolution in Generosity, is a valuable resource in that pursuit.
-Ken Smitherman, President Association of Christian Schools International
The American Church has largely failed the "test of prosperity" during a century that witnessed the greatest buildup of wealth in the history of man. It's time for a change. Wes Willmer and his collaborative thinkers have given us a book that truly challenges the church and its ministries toward the pursuit of biblical generosity. Stewards awake! May God be glorified through faithful lives poured out for His purposes.
-Greg Sperry, National Christian Foundation
In the wealthiest nation of Christians in history, the most seldom preached sermon from American pulpits is the sermon that addresses head-on what we do with our money. If God were to write a letter to the church in America, as he did to the seven churches in Revelation, it would almost certainly challenge our stewardship over the wealth which He has entrusted to us. If we would truly embrace and model the principles set forth by the authors of this important book, I believe that God could use the American Church to change the world.
-Rich Stearns, President, World Vision US
There are lots of books about how to get rich, but far too few about becoming rich toward God… which, by the way, is far more important! Embrace the wisdom of this book and enjoy true prosperity!
-Joseph Stowell, President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Convicting, scholarly, and practical--Revolution in Generosity is a book that every Christian involved in ministry in Christ's kingdom should read!
-Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends
This book is countercultural and revolutionary. It is sitting down with the best thinkers in the world of biblically astute financial or development consultants. Who among us as leaders has not cringed at the appeals we receive--and even sent as an organization. As results-driven leaders, we so easily look at the bottom line in financial terms when it is really in the Kingdom lives of people who give and serve with us. Wes Wilmer and his coauthors point us down the road of biblical generosity and true stewardship--a road not easily taken, but so needed in our "bang for the buck" and "do whatever it takes" competitive Christian world.
-Jerry White, President Emeritus, The Navigators
Our possessions are an indispensable part of our life in the Kingdom of God. We need to understand how they receive spiritual life by our choices under the direction of the Word and the Spirit. This is not widely appreciated, but Wes Willmer has devoted much of his life to helping people with Kingdom generosity and stewardship. He gives good direction on how to be faithful over little and faithfulover much.
-Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy, The Spirit of the Disciplines, and Renovation of the Heart
Money is integral to life. It reflects who we are and what we value. If we are to worship God, this worship must include our finances. Unfortunately, many ministries today overlook this important truth.
-Robert Wuthnow, Andlinger Professor of Sociology and Director of Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University
From the Back Cover
A Revolution in Generosity equips resource-raising leaders to help Christians become generous by conforming to the image of Christ. With twenty-two expert contributors, this comprehensive book is a must-read for churches and organizations striving to rid themselves of secular asking practices and gain an eternal approach.
Glean revolutionary wisdom from these gifted contributors:
-Rebekah B. Basinger
-David R. Black
-Craig L. Blomberg
-Ronald W. Blue
-Joyce M. Brooks
-Shelley A. Cochrane
-Howard L. Dayton
-Richard E. Edic
-John R. Frank
-Todd W. Harper
-Richard A. Haynie
-Daryl J. Heald
-Gary G. Hoag
-Brian P. Kluth
-Lauren D. Libby
-Adam J. Morris
-Paul D. Nelson
-R. Scott Rodin
-Walt B. Russell
-Richard J. Towner
-Mark L. Vincent
-Wesley K. Willmer
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The long term problem of the lack of generous giving by the modern Western church is heavily emphasized. There are certainly good biblical principles given in general and much to be reminded about. It is indeed a concern for the Church. However, I found Willmer's opening comments on current methodologies for fund raising highly simplistic and narrow in understanding how Christians have always appropriated sound methods to do mission and ministry (which includes funding it) and that wisdom, whether communicated through scientific modernism, sound business practice, or the Bible, is still wisdom from God.
His comments on early to mid century philanthropy are distorted as many philanthropists were believers who cared about the common good of others and lived it out. His asserts that the motivation for giving, based on current practices, is purely transactional, hence he taints fund raising terms as mostly worldly and unbiblical. I'm amazed over how Willmer can pose such a sharp dichotomy over current fund raising methods, i.e. all current methods are worldly because supposedly worldly modernist rationalist business people developed them. Other authors deride the church for the way it has borrowed secular methods to raise funds and entice people to give. While many of their concerns are certainly valid, such a strong dichotomy fails to take into consideration how wisdom may appear in different forms, even if it does not use the language of theologians.
The authors, esp. Willmer, don't appear to ask the question, what do the givers value in projects they want to give to. Often the things they value are things that are indeed biblical concerns, even if not put in theological terms. Willmer is too quick to dismiss how God may indeed be working through a new generation of givers to bring about his mission in new social and cultural contexts.
The concept of stewardship, a key concept in the book, mostly has to do with giving amounts (being more generous) and not so much on wise giving, strategic giving, how giving influences the work of mission and ministries, and how the givers are part of a covenant community. It reveals the historic propensity for the ministry to marginalize the laity when it comes to how the giver's funds are spent and indeed the injudicious use of the givers' funds on the part of the ministry. Could this have contributed to lower giving levels?
Although the book reminds us that the givers are not to be treated simply as a source of funds, somehow I still got the feeling that they were portrayed only as a source of funds in the greater scheme of mission and ministry. This is because it fails to talk about how God raises up givers to accomplish his mission through wise and thoughtful giving. It doesn't discuss how the fund raiser or "asker" may need to learn from the giver before assuming their heart needs transformation in this area. Are we to think that giving is reduced to purely an act of worship and obedience without any connection to the glory the act will bring to God in this life through wise giving?
Much time is spent on the theology of generosity and giving, but the systematics of the various contributor's theology leave us with only half or an understanding of the role of giving in the church and parachurch. Addressing the role would have given the book more balance and it could have inspired more people to give generously and wisely in fulfillment of their Romans 12:8 role in God's local and Global mission. This is the practical application of the theology of generous giving that the book lacks.