Treasure Principle, The

Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
128 Pages
Reviewed on 03/23/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Author Randy Alcorn delves into the mystery of the joy of giving. We live in a society that measures success on materialistic things. The more you have the more you want. The house is never big enough. The car is never good enough. If one is good, two is better, and three is best. None of this brings us happiness or satisfaction.

Alcorn explains where our true happiness and satisfaction comes from…God. We are to be good stewards of everything, including money. We have nothing without God, yet we claim it all as our own. We use the phrase, “I deserve,” when in actuality we deserve nothing. All we “have” belongs to God. He graciously allows us to work for Him. “We don’t own the store. We just work here.”

Alcorn presents his message is an easy-to-understand, simple manner. This should be required reading for all Christians.

Robert W. Fry

Hands down, this is one of the best studies ever done on the gift of giving. Randy Alcorn has done a surper job of taking a tough life issue and wraping it into a wonderful package. The treasure principle is simple: "You can't take it with you, but you can send it on ahead." This truth affects every aspect of our life as Christians.

Gayle Evers

This is a terrific,quick read. It is entertaining and memorable. Lots of great Scripture refs.

M. McDaniel

Absolutely the best read on setting your heart free from bondage of stuff and being free to give....

J. Jaylor

Alcorn, a former pastor and prolific author, explains the need to invest in eternity. He asks: "why should we save and buy things we cannot take with us when we die?"

Indeed, he suggests setting a budget with a fairly low standard of living, and giving the rest away to your church or other Christian charities.

He warns against hoarding money for the future or leaving your children an inheritance. Instead, he says we should give now and give often to the Lord's work.

Alcorn's perspective is refreshing and, mostly, dead right. But his message, at least in this book, may be misinterpreted by some.

He vigorously reacts against those who save too much for the future because it makes them less dependent on God. He says you should only provide for part of your future needs. Yet we still have to plan/save for retirement.

How much should be "our" part to save? At what point does saving too little make us irresponsible as opposed to spiritual?

How exactly this tension is resolved is unclear. But I'm working on his longer book, Money, Possessions and Eternity, and I expect that his concept is more fully explained there.

Jonathan Hodel

This book honestly changed my life and my perspective on how I handle my money. I hope it can do the same for you.

Pamela J. Slovek

If you desire to know the joy that Christ promised His followers; read this book! It is radical, yet profoundly biblical. Finally, I have the answer to the questions I have been asking in my many years as a Christian. I read in my Bible that Christ tells us not to love the world, nor the things of the world; to store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, not on earth; to give as the widow who gave all she had; not to be as the rich young ruler, etc. But, in America, Christianity is generally not practiced in this way! And, it is no wonder that we do not see the kind of joy that Christ promised either. If you are hungering for "abundant joy" and are ready to "put your money where your mouth is" then read this book. I purchased 20 copies and will buy more. This message needs to be heard!

Bud Surles

"The Treasure Principle" is probably the best layman's guide to biblical stewardship available today. it is crisp, non-judgemental, and thoroughly biblical. It provides a good foundation for a church who needs to raise capital, meet budgets, or just help their congregations learn how to worship through the act of giving.
Bud Surles

R. Wegner

Great book on what we should value the most in life. It's not what we have here on earth that counts with God, but what we do with what we have that counts. Randy Alcorn describes what matters most to God in a wonderful, clear way.

Brian Dolleman

This is a book I have read and reread three times. It is one of my all time favorites on the topic of joyful and extravagant giving. What I love about this book is that it challenges me to a new dimension of what is possible in the realm of generous giving. It challenges the status quo of giving just a 10% tithe and adding some on top for special offerings or projects in the church. It challenges me to the core and helps me gain perspective that all that I might try to save for (retirement, our children's college or inheritance) will one day not matter, but souls always will.

If God has entrusted me with greater financial blessing than I once had it may be that the purpose of that money is to raise my standard of giving and not my standard of living. (2 Cor. 9:11) Have I overaccumulated? Have I allowed unwise spending and accumulating debt to inhibit my giving to God? Am I honoring God as the owner and CEO/CFO of the assets he's entrusted to my care? Or am I treating him as a mere financial consultant, to whom I pay a fee (2% or 10%).

Since I have no choice but to leave money behind when I die, is it really "giving" to designate through my will the distribution of my estate? If I were to make a list of all the assets God has entrusted to me, is there anything that I could not give away if God directed me to? Giving is the only antedote to materialism. Can I just say that this entire book is highlighted to me. I shake my head and say, Wow.. on every page.

I think that what the Alcorn family lives demonstrates that they have an understanding on the true purpose of wealth in this earth. To affect eternal results. With the economy's downturn as of late, Brian and I have been more vigilant and indignant to want to give more- above our tithe- we're voting with our checkbook!

If just government fluxuations can result in losing thousands of dollars and the housing market can plumet the way it has, then all the more we want to be big givers to the Kingdom work! It's the only thing that really matters! This book would be my first choice for anyone who wants to rise to new levels of giving. Enjoy!!

Cheryl N. Massey

Outstanding All Christians should read this book and share with Christan friends Truly amazing What a joy to read

D. Menchaca

This small but principle-power packed book is a must read for all who want to grow further in their giving!