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Sharing with all our neighbors, recommended by:
Noreen Stevens of the Eastern Minnesota ELCA Resource Center
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
This book is a guide to biblical stewardship and, more particularly, to Jesus' teachings. Jesus used money in a variety of ways to make the Gospel known.
Golv begins with the beginning of Matthew and carefully sifts through the texts finding the various ways in which a reference is made to money. Texts not found in Matthew but in Luke and John are added.
The author reflects on these texts incorporating insights from biblical studies, raising questions and discovering new insights. The result is 27 chapters of engaging insights for Bible studies, discussion groups and sermon development.
"This is a book about worshiping the true God and letting the true God act in us. It tells us as plainly as possible that the true God is a God who cannot stop giving and forgiving, and that our knowledge of this true God is utterly bound up with our willingness to receive from the hand of God the liberty to give and forgive."
Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Why are people good? Why is it necessary to give?
The book is structured by a generosity hierarchy developed by a 12th century scholar, Rabbi Moses ben Maimon. The author interviews people and reflects on the insights shared by Maimonides.
The purpose of this book is "to offer a biblical vision for financial stewardship." The basic vision is "to find life - the life God wants us to have, in confidence that this will be the best life we could possibly have.
Part One: Belonging to God
Stewardship is a way of life. It is about "turning total control of our lives over to God."
Part Two: Our Duty and Delight
In this part, Powell lays out a program for "living and giving that most Christians will be able to embrace as both a duty and a delight."
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