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The Reverend Eric Foley is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Seoul USA and the pastor of .W, a congregation of The Evangelical Church that meets simultaneously in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Seoul, Korea. Over the past twenty years he has trained more than 1,300 Christian NGOs and churches how to build volunteer and giving programs grounded in distinctively Christian discipleship practices. He is a much sought-after speaker and the author of Coach Your Champions, a “ministry fable” primer in Transformational Giving. He lives with his wife, Hyun Sook, the co-founder and President of Seoul USA, in Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: .W Publishing (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061541186X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615411866
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,427,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Whole Life Offering is a discipleship primer in which the reader comes away with a keen awareness of how to eat, drink, sleep, work, and do whatever else it is that we do on a daily basis, all to the glory of God. While it has a few dull spots here and there, and one minor technical error about a Hebrew root (p. 241), this book is a must-read for people who are serious about being doers of the Word rather than hearers only. Foley's Whole Life Offering functions as a practical Christian-life handbook - a discipleship guide that reiterates the two greatest commandments (Matt 22:37-39), and suggests a systematic, whole-life method for carrying out these commands on a daily basis.

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.
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Perhaps "butt-kicking" would be more accurate than "challenging." Foley manages to very effectively dismantle our culturally (religious or secular) practice of "philanthropy" and to systematically present a divine philanthropy that is "comprehensive, direct, beneficient, unwarranted, unwavering friendship with all people." Having stepped out of a more cloistered version of Christianity that knew little in theory or practice about biblical philanthropy into a church setting that is seeking to be immersed in it, most of Foley's points weren't new to me. But he took me deeper. The book has the feel of a textbook - it certainly is no light devotional read! But don't let that put you off. It drew me in, it fed me - or perhaps better it reminded me of how much I have been fed and filled - and sent me out hungry to share with the hungry in the full spectrum of the ten "works of mercy" that Foley describes. Foley's book is a wonderful and thorough call - and polemic - for the "true and undefiled religion" of James 1:27. Take and read.
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As a worker in a missionary sending agency I see the need each day for the Church to obey the command of Christ to "go and make disciples." But we have run into a problem. Discipleship is on the spiritual disciplines endangered list. We are sending North Americans to go makes disciple when many have never been discipled or have discipled someone else.

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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