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The Whole Life Offering: Christianity as Philanthropy Paperback – April 8, 2011
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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.
Few believers have been in a discipleship relationship, but even the few seem to have limited view of how discipleship involves their WHOLE LIFE. It appears spiritual growth is stunted in the North American churches when it comes to comprehensive discipleship. Many discipleship programs focus on only parts of true discipleship, not the whole. Spiritual development needs to involve all aspects of our lives.
Eric Foley's latest book, The Whole Life Offering: Christianity as Philanthropy, addresses this shortfall in discipleship training. Foley attacks the need for wholeness in becoming disciples. This book presents new challenges to being `all-in'. If you are looking for a book to serve as a guide for long-term, well rounded discipleship, you have found it.
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The Whole lLife Offering is interesting, but is full of big words and is more complicatedm in it's use of words, than I feel is necessary to explain God's purpose for mankind.Published on March 16, 2014 by Dorothy I. Lanz
It is important to stay active in the family of God and to represent Him well based on the time He has given each one of use while we still have breath to do so.Published on December 6, 2012 by H. Wilson