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Book Review: Tithing by Douglas Leblanc

This is my second book in the Ancient Practices Series. It will probably be my last. Don’t get me wrong: It’s not that Tithing by Douglas Leblanc was a bad book. It just wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Instead of tracing the biblical discussion of tithing throughout the church’s history, making application to our lives today.

Instead, this book is a series of testimonies from voices throughout Christendom on the role that tithing has played in their lives. Interesting stories undoubtedly, but a tool for deepening an understanding of the call of giving, it is not.

One theme did resurface throughout several of the stories is the idea that tithing is the starting point, not the end point. Randy Alcorn, who contributes on chapter in this book, refers to tithing as “giving’s training wheels.” The tithe is a guideline to help us grow in charity, not an end unto itself. That lesson should resonate with us all. Our God gave everything – the life of his own Son – to us. The tithe is a step in surrender all of our lives to the One who surrender his life for us.

In short, if you are looking to see the impact of tithing on the lives of others, it is an encouraging read. If you are looking to wrestle with a theology of tithing or its application to the church throughout history or today, this book comes up short.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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