The Giving Box: Create a Tradition of Giving with Your Children

The Giving Box: Create a Tradition of Giving with Your Children

Children, Giving, Resource Review
by Fred Rogers (Philadelphia/London: Running Press, 2000), ISBN: 0-762-40825-1, 95 pp., hardcover, $12.95US/18.75CDN) Review by Michael Meier, director for leadership development for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Chicago, Illinois Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood authored this attractive little book a few years before his death. The book opens with “Fred Rogers’ Message for Parents,” which is followed by a similar segment aimed at children. This is good stuff—basic reminders about giving and gratitude, modeling and encouragement. Rogers reminds parents to be aware of a child’s level of development and not to be too hasty to push giving habits on a child who is not ready for them. On the other hand, he also strongly encourages children and parents alike to stretch beyond the usual—to reach out generously…
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The New Context for Ministry: Competing for the Charitable Dollar

The New Context for Ministry: Competing for the Charitable Dollar

Holistic, Resource Review, Stewardship
by Lyle E. Schaller (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002), ISBN: 0-687-06580-1), 244 pp., paper,$25.00US/36.25CDN. Review by Scott Jacob, assistant to the bishop and shared stewardship staff for the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In this book Lyle Schaller reviews the historical, economic, and ecclesiastical changes and events that have taken place over the past seventy-two years. With that as background, Schaller helps us to see the new setting for stewardship and ministry for churches in the twenty-first century. Schaller begins by focusing on the statement, How the world has changed since I was a boy. Using the stock market crash on Black Tuesday in October 1929, and the terrorist attacks on another “Black Tuesday,” September 11, 2001, as bookends, he reviews the many changes in American life and…
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Money and the Soul’s Desires—A Meditation

Money and the Soul’s Desires—A Meditation

Holistic, Resource Review
by Stephen Jenkinson (Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 2002), ISBN: 0-7737-3343-4, $29.95US/43.45CDN Review by Vincent Alfano, executive director of the Toronto United Church Council. What is the origin of the fear so many people experience in money matters? Where does money get its power to provoke conflict and friction in our lives? It is possible to live an authentic life in the presence of money? These important questions give shape to Money and the Soul's Desires, a new book by Stephen Jenkinson. Jenkinson has come to the conclusion that most people believe that their money and their soul stand apart from one another...and that when they are not apart, they are in conflict. For Jenkinson, however, the opposite is reality. Money and the Soul's Desires takes us in a totally different direction—an…
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Faith Dilemmas for Marketplace Christians

Faith Dilemmas for Marketplace Christians

Case Studies, Ethics, Resource Review
By Ben Sprunger, Carol J. Suter, and Wally Kroeker (Herald Press, 1997) ISBN: 0-8361-9074-2, 80 pp., $7.00US/$12.49CDN Review by Larry Iverson, synod minister and shared stewardship staff for the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In his life, Jesus modeled engagement with the world. He met people in their work and daily lives and challenged them to live in a faithful way. This short book of workplace dilemma scenarios encourages us to wrestle with the Christian response to real-life situations. I recommend this book for workplace discussion groups, Bible studies, senior high youth discussions and other adult forums on workplace ethics. The format of the book is to present a scenario that poses a dilemma, and then offer thought-provoking questions (and sometimes Scripture references) to help…
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A Woman’s Book of Money and Spiritual Vision—Putting Your Financial Values into Spiritual Perspective

A Woman’s Book of Money and Spiritual Vision—Putting Your Financial Values into Spiritual Perspective

Holistic, Resource Review
by Rosemary Williams with Joanne Kabak (Philadelphia: Innisfree Press, Inc., 2001) ISBN: 1-880913-44-5, 224 pp., $15.95US/23.00 CDN Review by Barbara DeGrote-Sorensen, shared stewardship staff for the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We can always use more help when it comes to aligning our actions with what is important to us. A Woman's Book of Money and Spiritual Vision offers that kind of help. Through open-ended statements, real-life stories, spiritual encouragement, and yes, cash flow charts, readers move past the fears that can keep them from living generously. This book will make you grateful. It will also unleash the giving potential in each reader to make a difference with the resources they've been given. Williams asks the questions. How we fill in the blanks is up…
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Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens

Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens

Resource Review, Stewardship, Teens
Edited by Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter (Nashville: Upper Room, 2003), ISBN: 0-835809-75-7, 304 pp., paper, $16.00US/23.25CDN Review by Jane Schuyler, congregational support specialist for the Reformed Church in America. The magic number is eighteen. Eighteen adolescents and eighteen adults collaborated to identify eighteen Christian practices that are of particular interest to teens. Using language and graphics that are appealing to teens, the eighteen chapters, each portraying a particular practice, feature a variety of voices and perspectives on Christian faith, including diverse racial and ethnic viewpoints. The chapters can be used in any order. Students and leaders are encouraged to begin with a practice that will engage them at a deep level. Several chapters are of particular interest to those emphasizing stewardship, including “Stuff,” “Food,” “Creation,” “Work,” and…
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Money Talks: 10 Bible-Based Sessions on Making, Saving, and Spending Money

Money Talks: 10 Bible-Based Sessions on Making, Saving, and Spending Money

Biblical, Money management, Resource Review
By Todd Temple (Grand Rapids: Zondervan and Youth Specialties, 2003), ISBN: 0-310245-48-6, 144 pp., $19.99US/29.00CDN Review by Jane Schuyler, congregational support specialist for the Reformed Church in America Senior-high-school youth leaders, church school teachers, and small group leaders will want to examine this ten-session practical, common sense, biblical approach to personal finance planning. Topics include tithing, investing, spending, and simplified lifestyle. For leaders who feel inexperienced when talking about personal finances, each section contains a section just for them. It contains a background article on the subject that provides leaders with more in-depth information and helps them apply the key ideas covered in the student sessions. The scripts on the accompanying CD-ROM can be customized to match the leaders personal and conceptual adaptations. Thus, changes could be made if the…
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