Posted by: deemckay | February 24, 2010

Does it Really Make Sense?

I recently joined a program at Booksneeze.com sponsored by Thomas Nelson Publishers. The program allows you to receive and review books before they are officially released. Free books…I’m all for that. Love to read.  This is my first book review for a book by Douglas LeBlanc —Tithing

 “In these uncertain times, does it really make sense to tithe?” This is the question that the author of Tithing sets out to answer in this book from The Ancient Practices series which explores traditional spiritual disciplines used for centuries in the Christian Church and tithing is one of these disciplines. Tithing, in my opinion fails to answer this question.

The book contains a collection of stories about different families and individuals that tithe.  The collection of stories recants the importance of tithing in the daily lives of these people but it fails to illustrate the connection of tithing to the spiritual promises of God and the biblical discipline’s relationship to spiritual growth. It only discusses how each family views tithing in their lives but not if tithing “makes sense.” The author does try however, to convey the results of tithing as compassion, generosity and joy. 

Perhaps relating how tithing causes reliance on God for daily needs and through this reliance and sacrifice, the tither draws closer to God,one may make sense of tithing as a way to grow in a relationship with God. The collection of individuals in the book was growing closer to God through their practice of tithing.  A reader of Tithing would have to put this together himself because the book was somewhat of a “dry” read.  LeBlanc did well with his research and with putting a collection of such diverse believers of the Christian world together in one place with a common practice—tithing.

If you are looking for a book to reassure you that tithing is a discipline that God requires of a believer, this would not be it. If you are looking for reassurance that you are not alone in tithing, this would be encouraging.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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  2. Very well worded summary of what our generation is facing these day. Impressive.


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