Saturday, February 26, 2011
"Tithing: Test Me in This" (The Ancient Practices Series) Review
Stories of people who live a generous and happy life (and why you'll want to live that way too).
Journalist Douglas LeBlanc travels the nation to talk with believers whose lives have been enriched by the ancient spiritual discipline of tithing. He discovers people along the way who do not understand the practice as an onerous law but as God's call to a life of generosity and compassion. The effect on their lives is dramatic.
LeBlanc talks with a variety of believers-from a pastor in the south side of Chicago to progressive Episcopalians, from an Orthodox rabbi to an Eastern Orthodox priest and his wife. By holding their gifts with open hands, they are drawn deeper into a life of joy and sharing that begins in the very heart of God.
Volume VII in Thomas Nelson's Ancient Practices series.
This is topic that I have struggled with for a very long time now. The struggled multiplied one hundred fold when I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Tithing is not a choice; it is one of the tenets that need to be followed. Reading LeBlanc's book pushed me along the way in understanding the benefits other people have received from tithing, but I truly wished he had gone much deeper to where my problem lies. Being on a fixed income, giving 10% to tithing is an impossibility. I am still struggling with the concept. when I was working tithing wasn't an issue. Now it is. I enjoyed the book and reading that other people have been drawn deeper into joy and happiness by tithing, gave me hope. My request is that LeBlanc write another book delving deeper into the ramifications of titthing versus not tithing.
Disclosure: I was given the book in order to conduct an honest review. No monetary agreement was contracted. At no time was I asked to give a favorable review. If I say something is good, then IT IS GOOD!