Featured Generosity Books
E.G. “Jay” Link’s latest book Who’s In Charge Here? Beginning Your Life Stewardship Journey is now available. The PDF and Kindle versions are free and can be downloaded on the Stewardship Ministries website HERE. Hard copies of the book are also available with discounts for bulk ordering. This book is a great resource for Churches who are looking to encourage a biblical focus on stewardship and giving. Jay Link gives a concise picture of how church leaders and pastors need to live out the principles of good stewardship and giving in order for their congregation to ‘get it.’ It is not something that can only be preached from the pulpit, it must be modeled as well!
I read the pre-published version of the book over Christmas 2012. It was like a Christmas gift – I could not put it down. A must read for every Christian, I hope the book will be downloaded and purchased by people across the world and translated into many languages.
Who’s In Charge Here? is a tremendous generosity resource that should be an essential part of any generosity reading list.
Dr. Sas Conradie Coordinator, Global Generosity Network
It does not happen very often that you stumble on a website and then get so excited about the content that you immediately make contact with the website owners. That happened to me when I discovered ‘The Generosity Gameplan’ (http://generositygameplan.com/).
I ordered a free copy of 7 Steps to Excellent Giving that Does Good and Feels Great and was so impressed that I called John Stanley, author of the book ‘Connected for Good: A Gameplan for a Generous Life’ on which the 7 Steps are based. John then sent me an overview of the book. I do not want to give too much away since people need to order the book and 7 Steps themselves. However, John Stanley’s approach to generosity and giving is fresh, focusing on relationships instead of just the check! Here are 3 quotes from the book:
‘God has wired us in such a way that we run best on renewable energy sources generated in relationship. When we see God in the hearts of others, when we build bridges within and across tribal lines, this energy multiplies as it moves from person to person’
‘The old paradigm of check-writing and volunteering can feel exhausting and futile when it lacks the connection that our hearts crave. But building in connection turns our time, talent, and treasure into renewable currencies in the form of relationships, strengths, and resources.’
‘Our giving is successful when it fulfils our heart’s desire for connection with God and others.’
The emphasis is therefore on relationships and connected generosity. Get the 7 Steps outline and book. We are often saying generosity is transformational and John Stanley’s material is as well!
Randy Alcorn’s The Treasure Principle (Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving) introduces readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity that will change lives around the world.
“You couldn’t pay me enough not to give,” exclaims the bestselling author, who believes there’s a higher motivation for giving than guilt. “Giving infuses life with joy. It interjects an eternal dimension into even the most ordinary day.”
Alcorn bases his brief, motivational message on the words of the world’s foremost financial consultant, Jesus Christ, who advised listeners to “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20). In a concise power-packed style, he leads the reader toward the Treasure Principle mindset by proposing and illustrating key truths. “God owns everything,” writes Alcorn. “I’m His money manager. What I call my money is really His. The question is, what does He want me to do with His money?”
Available in the following languages:
Afrikaans, Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English (Kenyan), English (South African), English Tagalog (The Philippines), French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish (Cuban), Tagalog, Vietnamese
by: Dr. Tim Keller
The pastor of New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church offers a persuasive plea for evangelicals to embrace social justice efforts. Keller (The Reason for God), whose evangelical credentials are well respected, is among a new breed of conservative Christians eager to break out of the straitjacket that frowns on justice work as doctrinally unsound or the work of overzealous liberals. Without ever resorting to hyperbole, Keller carefully analyzes Old and New Testament passages to make the case that God’s heart for justice on behalf of widows, orphans, immigrants, and the poor is indisputable, and that an encounter with grace will inevitably lead to a desire for justice. This short manifesto goes further: Keller argues that gospel preaching that aims only to change hearts while remaining oblivious to unjust social structures will never fully succeed. Keller recommends that evangelicals partner with non-Christians in pursuit of social reform while speaking distinctively in their own religious idiom. Emergent Christians as well as others serious about their faith and eager for a balanced and authoritative voice on the subject will appreciate this book.
by: Kelly M. Kapic, Justin L. Borger
The God who created a good and perfect world, but whose world turned from him, has brought restoration through gift: The Father loved the world and gave the Son, and the Father and the Son pour out the gift of the Spirit into the hearts of humanity bringing about praise, hope, and new creation. Those who are united to the Son by his Spirit then find they have received the glorious gift of God’s coming Kingdom. In other words, the Gospel is shaped by giving: God’s generosity buys us out of bondage and brings us into all the blessings of belonging. But the good news is not only that God has made us to be recipients of his grace but also participants in the movement of his divine justice and generosity. Living in God’s gifts, Christians discover they are free to give themselves. The cross and resurrection of Christ come to shape and define this new life of faith, hope and generosity—a life that is best lived not in isolation but as a community. Throughout the book special attention is given to the relationship between divine generosity and concern for the poor and oppressed. Kapic and Borger encourage readers to not simply discover the immensity of God’s grace, but to enter into the flow of divine generosity as God has invited them to become avenues of his great gifts to the world.