Sunday, February 7, 2010


Tithing – Test me in This

Written by Douglas Leblanc
Published at Thomas Nelson

About the book
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.

This is volume VII in the Thomas Nelson's Ancient Practices series.

Who is Douglas Leblanc?
Douglas LeBlanc has been religion editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge and editor for Christianity Today, Compassion International, and Anglicans United. He and his wife attend Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA.

My Thoughts
Tithing. Such a touchy subject in the Christian circles sometimes. And when I picked this book I was half expecting getting more insight on the subject. But I ended up more confused I think.

I’m a bit disappointed on this book that is part of the ancient practices series. I would have preferred to get more details on tithing. As a family, we believe that everything we have belongs to God and tithing is just a part of our Christian life. We don’t hesitate to open our doors to people in need (and I do have stories about this) or share our belongings when we can. And we do believe that God will bless us when we tithe or share what we have with others.

But part of me, was hoping to receive more guidance on the subject of tithing. And I only got stories on how people deal with it. Among these stories, some were disturbing to say the least. I respect the fact that the author tried to get various experience from interviewing different people from different backgrounds but honestly some are questionable.

As much as I had enjoyed The Sacred Meal, I am not recommending Tithing except for those of you who would like to have a variety of examples on the perspective on tithing.

This review was possible because I received a free copy of Tithing from Thomas Nelson.

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