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Tithing: Test Me in This (Ancient Practices) Hardcover – February 14, 2010
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While I appreciated Leblanc's narrative/biographical approach, I found myself wishing that the volume had a deeper framework and guiding structure. There was little in the book that related to the theological, biblical, or historical traditions related to the practice of tithing, and I believe the volume could have been strengthened with some sort of thread that connected the stories together.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.
I understand that the point most of the folks interview were making was not that tithing is commanded but a spiritual discipline (hence the name of the series) but the problem remains that in reading the various interviews you get the impression that these folks have done very little to study the idea of tithing as an Old Testament practice and don't see the difference between bringing your tithe into the storehouse and contributing money to your local church.
There is a lot to be said about faithful giving in the church, about caring for the needs of our brothers, about how Christians should view money. Setting a baseline 10% based on a poor understanding of Old Testament tithing and applying it to the church is unhelpful. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. That might seem harsh but I didn't come away with anything even remotely redeeming about it.
I received Tithing: The Ancient Practices Series as part of the Book Sneeze program in return for posting an unbiased review.
Like many churches and non-profits around the United States, our church has recently been affected by our nation's economic downturn. If Christ-followers understood and practiced tithing, churches wouldn't be short on funds and we'd be able solve many of the world's poverty related issues. I believe and practice tithing. As a church staff, we're trying to help our church members take that step of faith. When I saw this book on Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze site, I thought it might be a great resource for teaching our members more about stewardship. Although I was not thrilled with all of the interviews and stories, I liked the concept. I would liked to have seen more discussion relating directly to the scriptural basis for tithing leading into or as a follow up to the testimonies. Unfortunately, this book is not the resource that I'd hoped it would be. It isn't a bad book. It is not what I was looking for or needed.
*** This book was review for Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze. This book was supplied to me for free through this program in exchange for a review of the book. My review was not influenced by Thomas Nelson or the fact that the book was provided for free. ***
Leblanc looks at tithing not as an act of legalism but as an act of grace that is the doorway to a life of generosity. Tithing is discussed as a Christian practice through which God invites us to participate in His purposes in the world. Tithing is a means of grace through which one learns to live in the fullness of the Kingdom of God that is present now.
When I received a review copy of Tithing from Thomas Nelson, I anticipated reading it a few pages at a time, but was so inspired that I read the entire book in one day. I pray that my life would be marked by the radical dependence on God and joyful partnering in His work in the world that is seen in this book.
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By the time I finished this book, I was hoping to be convinced one way or another that tithing was a scriptural practice and that didn't happen. Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by Angel L. Peterson
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