Book Review: The Treasure Principle

“Unlocking the secret of joyful giving” is the subtitle for this tiny little book by Randy Alcorn.  As I read through this book, I felt myself being drawn more and more to change my life into a life of a giver.  Many of you who know me know that I am kind of a finance guy—I’m the business manager at Grace Church of DuPage, and a fan of Dave Ramsey.  My wife will tell you that I’m all about saving and investing.  We put together a budget in the last few years that was very conducive to saving and investing.


But as I read through this book, I wondered to myself whether, instead of being a “saver,” I was being a “hoarder.”  I began to wonder whether, instead of giving 10% to God, and then doing with the rest of “my” money whatever I pleased, if I should change my paradigm.

Here are three things that I took away from this book:

  1. God owns everything; I only manage it for him.  If we were truly to act as money managers with God’s money, would we be so stingy with how much we give back to him?
  2. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Conveniently, this is from Scripture—Matthew 6:21.  If I want my heart to be entwined with God’s, then I should put my money there.  If I say, “I want to have a heart for missions,” then I should give money to missions.  Randy gave a quote from John Wesley toward the end of the book: “Money never stays with me.  It would burn me if it did.  I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, les it should find its way into my heart.”  If we don’t want money to have a hold on our hearts, then we should give our money away!
  3. 2 Corinthians 8:7 b– “See that you also excel in this grace of giving.”  We are to excel at giving.  Alcorn exhorts, “Like piano playing, giving is a skill.  With practice, we get better at it.  We can learn to give more, give more often, and give more strategically.  We reach the pursuit of excellence in our vocations.  Why not make giving something we study, discuss, and sharpen, striving for excellence?”

Overall rating: starstarstarstarstar

Questions: How do you excel at giving?  Where is your heart at?

Title: “The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving”
Author: Randy Alcorn
Publisher: Multnomah Press

The publisher provided me a free copy of this book for review purposes.