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Tithing: Test Me in This (Ancient Practices) Hardcover – February 14, 2010

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Douglas LeBlanc has been religion editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge and editor for Christianity Today, Compassion International, and Anglicans United. He and his wife attend Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Ancient Practices
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849900956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849900952
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,699,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Douglas Leblanc, a journalist, contributed this volume to the Ancient Practices series edited by Phyllis Tickle exploring the major disciples or practices of the historic Christian faith. I've read one other book in this series (The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher), but each volume in the series seems autonomous in its direction and structure. Leblanc approaches tithing through a series of biographical vignettes, offering insight into the life, background, and tithing practice of a dozen or so individuals or families, including Ron and Arbutus Sider (of 'Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger' fame) and Ed Bacon (rector at All Saints Episcopal in Pasadena) and a number of others in between.

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.
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So I read Tithing by Douglas LeBlanc. Tithing is an issue that I have done some study on before even requesting the book and I will admit to having a negative predisposition before it even arrived. Book Sneeze asks for an unbiased review, so here it is. This was just a numbingly uninteresting book. It amounts to little more than a series of anecdotes and a diverse group of people stating their personal opinions about why tithing is swell and how, in many cases, God has faithfully given them money mysteriously. Sure it isn't technically prosperity teaching but there is a certain element of that ideology that runs rampant throughout. I frankly found it not only uninteresting but doctrinally dangerous.

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.
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The latest book in the Thomas Nelson Ancient Practices Series tackles the topic of tithing. Tithing is a subject that many churches and many Christians often shy away from discussing. Douglas LeBlanc shows, through a series of interviews, why people tithe and what God has done in their lives because of their practice of tithing.

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. ***
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I recently read the most challenging and inspiring book I've read in a long time. Unbelievably, it's a book on tithing! Douglas Leblanc's Tithing: Test Me in This is the latest title in the Ancient Practices Series. In this book Leblanc challenges us to practice the discipline of tithing. He does this not by undertaking an exegesis of relevant bible passages or preaching a sermon, but by interviewing people whose lives have been decidedly marked by tithing and generosity. These interviews include members of a 1970s intentional community, an author who has given away millions of dollars in book royalties, and a pastor helping a New Orleans' neighborhood rebuild after Katrina. An interview with a Jewish rabbi gives useful background to the Old Testament commandments on tithing and generosity.

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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