Giving to God: The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life

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By Mark Allan Powell, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2006, ISBN: 978-0-8028-2926-9

Giving to God would be a great addition to the shelf of stewardship books you rely on to help you unlock biblical truths for a sermon, talk, or paper.

Mark Allan Powell brings stewardship theology alive. Just when you think you have heard all the ways it can be expressed, Powell delivers a fresh, concise, and candid interpretation that speaks to today’s local church.

The book’s subtitle really sums up the spirit in which the theological material is presented. The liberal use of anecdotes and examples brings us face to face with the person God has meant us to be and drives us toward being a stewardship partner with Christ.

Giving to God sets itself apart in its exploration of ways to be faithful in our practice of financial stewardship. Timeless questions such as, “How much should I give?” or “How do I live in a Godpleasing manner?” are addressed in appropriate and realistic ways, taking into account both what Scripture tells us and the challenges of living in the modern world.

Powell lays out a program for living and giving that most Christians will be able to embrace, including a simple and unapologetic explanation of what sacrificial giving means.

Individuals and small groups will find Giving to God a valuable study resource. Each chapter has discussion questions that challenge the reader to participate and share.

This is a highly readable and authentic presentation of a subject that can sometimes be made more complex and complicated than it really should be.

Review by Tom Brook, National Church Council member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

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