Tithing: Test Me in This [NOOK Book]

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Stories of people who live a generous and happy life (and why you'll want to live that way too).

Journalist Douglas LeBlanc travels the nation to talk with believers whose lives have been enriched by the ancient spiritual discipline of tithing. He discovers people along the way who do not understand the practice as an onerous law but as God’s call to a life of generosity and compassion. The effect on their lives is dramatic.

LeBlanc talks with ...

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Overview

Stories of people who live a generous and happy life (and why you'll want to live that way too).

Journalist Douglas LeBlanc travels the nation to talk with believers whose lives have been enriched by the ancient spiritual discipline of tithing. He discovers people along the way who do not understand the practice as an onerous law but as God’s call to a life of generosity and compassion. The effect on their lives is dramatic.

LeBlanc talks with a variety of believers—from a pastor in the south side of Chicago to progressive Episcopalians, from an Orthodox rabbi to an Eastern Orthodox priest and his wife. By holding their gifts with open hands, they are drawn deeper into a life of joy and sharing that begins in the very heart of God.

Volume VII in Thomas Nelson's Ancient Practices series.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781418588816
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 922,931
  • File size: 656 KB

Meet the Author

Douglas LeBlanc has been religion editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge and editor for Christianity Today, Compassion International, and Anglicans United. He and his wife attend Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church.
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TITHING

Test Me in This
By Douglas LeBlanc

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 Douglas LeBlanc
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8499-0095-2


Chapter One

CONTINUITY IN THE TRADITION

Gregory and Frederica Mathewes-Green

In the summer of 1991, Frederica Mathewes-Green attended the Episcopal Church's 69th General Convention, which met that year in Phoenix. I had admired Frederica's witty articles in the national newsletter of Feminists for Life, which she edited for a few years, and this convention was my first opportunity to meet a woman who was quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. From a distance, I saw Frederica handing out free copies of a document printed on a modern imitation of parchment. The document was the Baltimore Declaration, an effort by six Episcopal priests-including Frederica's husband, Father Gregory-to identify ten points of theological struggle for the church. The closest the declaration came to causing any change in the Episcopal Church was the publication of a thoughtful and largely ignored book, Reclaiming Faith: Essays on Orthodoxy in the Episcopal Church and the Baltimore Declaration.

I interviewed Frederica during that convention, and I have forgotten most of what we talked about. What I remember, though, is her crying. That year's convention featured a daily morning Bible study combined with the Holy Eucharist. Deputies, bishops,journalists, and visitors gathered together at round tables in a vast and gloomy exhibit hall to read Scripture together and discuss what they thought God might be saying to the convention on any given day.

One morning the text told the wonderful story of John the Baptist leaping for joy, in utero, merely upon hearing the voice of the pregnant Blessed Virgin Mary as she greeted her cousin Elizabeth. Frederica, who was attending convention not only to help promote the Baltimore Declaration but also to volunteer with NOEL (the National Organization of Episcopalians for Life), pointed out the clear pro-life lessons to be drawn from this passage. Frederica's tablemates disagreed with this plain-sense reading of the text. As Frederica told me about this encounter, she cried, explaining that she was not crying because her feelings were hurt but because she was so heartbroken for the church. Frederica and I have been friends ever since.

The General Convention of 1991 was the final national convention that Frederica attended as an Episcopalian. The convention's anemic response to the Baltimore Declaration, and its refusal to affirm that Episcopal clergy ought to limit their sexual activity to the covenant of marriage, convinced the Mathewes-Greens that they should think about serving in another Christian church. They considered the Roman Catholic Church and what are called continuing Anglican churches-bodies that broke away from the Episcopal Church after it decided to ordain women to the priesthood and adopted a modern version of the Book of Common Prayer (1979). Frederica had attended Virginia Theological Seminary at the same time as her husband, as they both explored whether to become Episcopal priests. When the Mathewes-Greens decided to leave the Episcopal Church, they ultimately joined the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, a branch of Orthodoxy that has been most pastoral toward Protestants-evangelical Protestants in particular-whose search for a deeper spiritual life has led them toward the East. Frederica told her family's story in her book Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy.

During their childhoods, Gregory was Episcopalian and Frederica was Catholic. They made no pretense of Christian faith when they met each other, and Frederica read a Hindu prayer during their wedding. They were hippies, Frederica was a self-described hairy-legged feminist, and their spirituality was syncretic. On their honeymoon, however, Frederica found herself kneeling before a statue of Jesus and hearing the unmistakable yelps of the Hound of Heaven. When they attended seminary together in 1974 and 1975, they were still zealously renewed Christians-and they began tithing. It was not an easy commitment to make, but it would shape the rest of their life together as Christian disciples.

IMPOVERISHED SEMINARIANS

"We were both new Christians, new to seminary, and, for me, new to the Episcopal Church," Frederica said. "I'm not sure what it was that inspired us to begin tithing. I remember that we were doing it right from the beginning, during our seminary years. We were janitors at Church of the Resurrection; we each got twenty dollars a week, and that was our only income, apart from our being on work-study scholarship. We might have gotten a little bit of income from the work we did at the seminary. So for each twenty dollars, we put two dollars in the basket."

Gregory said, "We knew it was one of those things that committed Christians, biblical Christians, did, and obviously it said something about our commitment of our material things to God."

Frederica recalled their financial struggles during their time in seminary: "Our rent was one hundred dollars a month, and our weekly food budget was ten dollars. I remember it was a splurge to get a container of yogurt. We were vegetarians that year. That helped us save a little bit of money, that first year in seminary. We were extremely poor, poorer than most people would admit. I remember they had just invented ziplock bags, and I was at a school picnic or something, and I was saving the bags and washing them out and putting them out to dry. One of the other students teased me about exaggeratedly acting like I was poor, but I was poor. We hadn't bought a box of ziplock bags. My dad had sent us something in several bags, so we saved those bags and kept rewashing them. I didn't buy a mop, because it was eight dollars, and I could mop the floor with a sponge. It was a real sacrifice-to give 10 percent of twenty dollars is a large sacrifice-but we felt very determined about it from the beginning. In thirty-four years of marriage, we have never not tithed. Every month we've given 10 percent or more."

"I think we were aware that being truly committed Christians was going to be a life-changing thing, and there wasn't going to be any part of our lives that wasn't touched by that, so it had to mean something for our pocketbooks," Gregory said. "We certainly were biblically literate enough to know what the tithe was."

"I remember a little controversy we were in at the time," Frederica said of her senior year, when she was a part-time student. "We were on campus a couple of days a week, and I didn't want to pay two dollars for the campus lunch. In the cafeteria it was family style; everybody put in two dollars and they put the dishes on the table, but I wanted to bring food from home. The fear was that I hadn't paid and that I might eat some of the food out of the bowls as I sat there eating my sandwich. The administration was very insistent that I put in my two dollars. 'It's just two dollars, that's all you've got to pay.' But I was the one paying the bills, and I knew that we just didn't have an extra two dollars, so I wanted to bring my peanut-butter sandwich. The decision, I guess to force my hand, was that I was not allowed to come into the dining room unless I paid two dollars. So I'd go to classes, talk to my classmates, say good-bye, and then sit in the lobby and eat my sandwich. I think eventually they decided it was safe to let me back in. I think I was allowed to have some of the coffee, but none of the food."

Frederica laughs heartily as she recalls the resolution of this standoff. Gregory describes her as "holding court" while eating in the spacious lobby of the refectory, as her fellow students often gathered around to commiserate with her.

A SECOND POVERTY

Gregory and Frederica speak fondly of this time, as they believe it established patterns of generosity and trust in God that served them well, especially when Gregory made the financially costly decision to leave a well-paying career as an Episcopal priest and to plant Holy Cross, a new Antiochian Orthodox mission in metropolitan Baltimore. Gregory refers to that period as "our second poverty."

Frederica landed a full-time job in 1992 in which she helped work on a pro-life referendum for Maryland. Knowing the financial sacrifices that lay ahead, Gregory and Frederica saved all the income from Frederica's job so they could use it as a cushion in the future. "As we were looking toward becoming Orthodox, we were quite nervous about it, because we had three children, and we'd have to find health insurance somehow, and we'd have to move out of the rectory," Frederica said. "I kept saying, 'Lord, if you give us ten tithers, we will have our church.' We were surprised, as we kind of canvassed the Episcopal parish, that not very many people wanted to join us. We thought that in a high Episcopal church, you just jump off that onto the escalator and go to the slightly higher Orthodox Church. We were surprised that we didn't get very many takers-more arrived as the year went by, but not right away. I kept saying, 'Ten tithers make one income.' I kept praying, 'Give us ten tithers,' and we got five.

"It was very threadbare there for a while. Right from the start, the church decided what Gregory's income was going to be, and it was $1,500 a month or something. It was quite low. They determined that this was our income from February 14, 1993, the first day we had worship, but they couldn't pay it, so month after month went by and we would draw on our savings to pay him the salary, and the church would still owe us. But we kept tabs of how much was owed, and within those first three years it was all paid off. They got to where they could pay a salary and then pay a little bit more to make up the prior shortfall. It's another example of how God brings things together. If it hadn't been for that job with the referendum, I don't know what we would have done. But everything was arriving at the time it was needed, not before, and we were able to make it work."

Gregory wondered during some weeks and months whether he should drive a truck for United Parcel Service. "Looking back, you can see it so much clearer. But as we all know, sometimes being in the midst of creative activity, you don't always know that it's increasingly getting better," he said.

"We insisted that the church tithe to the diocese, and the diocese at that point was providing very little financial support for mission priests," Frederica said. "They sent us $200 a month, and our mission's income was about $2,000 a month, so we sent them $200 a month back. These identical checks would cross in the mail as they supported us and we paid our tithe to the diocese."

For the first several years of its life, Holy Cross met in a community center near Catonsville. In 1997 it bought a church building in Linthicum, near Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The Mathewes-Greens live just around the corner from the church. The building they bought was constructed for a Methodist congregation and had become Full Gospel Mission Church, a Korean congregation, by the time Holy Cross purchased it. The members of Holy Cross poured hundreds of hours into transforming it from a Pentecostal worship space into the icon-rich and incense-friendly church it is today.

As Holy Cross has grown, Gregory has worked his way back toward a reliable income and Frederica has developed a vocation as a prolific author (nine books) and speaker (pro-life groups, churches, college lectures). "As things have gotten better, as Holy Cross Church has put down roots and thrived, I decided (I think it was a year and a half ago) to actually break through the wall to 20 percent," she said. "We gave 20 percent for a year, kind of nervous, but turned out great. It's so true that you can't outgive God."

AN ANCIENT TRADITION

In Eastern Orthodox theology, the Mathewes-Greens have found an anchor for a spiritual discipline they had begun in the mid-1970s, and a deeper explanation for what that spiritual discipline is meant to achieve. "When we became Orthodox, it didn't feel like a radical departure from our sense of what tithing was about and stewardship questions," Gregory said. "It felt like a deepening of it, and we could see much more continuity in the tradition. We could see almost immediately the connection with the whole idea of spiritual disciplines, of the Orthodox emphasis on theosis-being like God, growing into the image of God.

"Since clearly one of God's characteristics is generosity-the overflowing of his compassion, his love, and his self-giving-there are different ways the church gifts us in exercising that in ourselves. When we give, the muscle grows, the God-likeness. In the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus talks about prayer and fasting and almsgiving, those three seem to have a special connection-not just because Jesus talked about them in the same sermon, but also because they're three facets of the Christian life that demonstrate our commitment to the dominion of God over everything and also give us ways to internalize that work.

"By all that, I mean that the dominion of God is over the whole material world. We're given some control over it, but we demonstrate that we know he has the lordship and the dominion, because we tithe. It's even kind of a sacramental illustration, I think."

"The Orthodox continuity with the ancient practices was something we frankly didn't believe until we had been in the church for a while, and we saw that they really fasted on Wednesday and Friday, and maintained other practices from the first century onward. You can just drop into the devotional literature or the records at any point in history, in all of these different ethnic backgrounds, out of touch with each other for centuries, and find that the practices are still the same," Frederica said.

Gregory cites author Randy Alcorn's image of tithing as a set of training wheels for Christians who want to become serious about their giving. He believes the same is true of fasting. "All these practices are training wheels for learning how to live fully in the kingdom," he said. "At this point in our lives, we need the training wheels, for the most part. Tithing is a really good example, because it may feel like a constriction at first, like training wheels, but after a while grace does move a person to a place where, in a sense, you can take those wheels off and feel truly more generous in your heart, not having to worry so much at the end of the month, 'Did we give the 10 percent?' It's less about the mechanics of it than the growth that really does happen into grace.

"I would say it's really the same dynamic in most of the spiritual disciplines. We come into a fallen world as fallen people, and our relationship to the fallen world is just not as it was meant to be by God. I don't get it right in relation to money; I don't get it right in relation to my stomach; I don't get it right in relation to the use of time or any of these things. In the tradition, there are these great mechanisms and disciplines that help me get it right."

Looking back on their decades of tithing, Gregory and Frederica see consistent evidence of God's faithfulness and his call on them to grow in generosity. "Things have been tougher sometimes, financially, but there's never really been a strong temptation to stop tithing," Gregory said. "What there has been is a realization that we really can give more. God has given us so much, not just financially but in so many different ways, that one of the ways we can clearly give back is by supporting various ministries and outreach and so forth beyond the tithe, which we always give to 'the storehouse,' which we understand as being the church."

"Even at the beginning, we could see that tithing did not make us impoverished," Frederica said. "In fact, somehow we ended up having more money. There were a couple of times, that first year in seminary, we went and looked in the savings account and mysteriously found an extra fifty dollars there that we hadn't put in. That happened at least twice, and we were never able to discover where it came from. (That was in the day when you actually would give them the bank book, and they would stamp it and give it back.) We would get unexpected refunds, bonuses, or things we were never looking for.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword ix

Introduction xiii

1 Continuity in the Tradition Gregory Frederica Mathewes-Green 1

2 So that Others May Simply Live Ron Arbutus Sider 14

3 Missional Living After Katrina Jerry Stacy Kramer 28

4 Earnest Money John Schwiebert 43

5 Treasures in Heaven Randy Alcorn 54

6 "Never Tell Me What You Wont't Do" Jerald January 67

7 Deep Gladness Meets Deep Hunger Kevin Jones 80

8 A Sense of Community Mark Kellner 94

9 "The Essence of God Is Always to Be Giving" Ed Bacon 107

10 "Do They Tell Such Stories About Me and You?" Yisroel Miller 122

11 Righteous Numbers Crunching John Sylvia Ronsvalle 136

Epilogue: Stewardship Is a thanksgiving to God Thomas McGread 149

Notes 153

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Not Recommended

    I recently received a copy of Tithing: Test Me In This by Douglas Leblanc in exchange for agreeing to write an honest review about it. As a writer myself (and a perfectionist one, at that), this review is hard for me to write. I don't like writing negative reviews, but because I promised to report honestly on my feelings about the book, here I go.

    I did not enjoy this book. The premise is a good one, obviously. The book is a collection of stories of individuals and families whose decisions to tithe (that is, return at least one-tenth of their financial resources to the Lord) blessed them immensely and, over time, brought them to a place of knowing the Lord better. Sounds great in theory, but the execution of the book was less than stellar.

    My main complaint is that the book seems to be written primarily for those with a background in the Episcopalian church. The terms used assume a knowledge that I, from a different denomination of the Christian faith, do not have. That was very frustrating and made it difficult to weed through the language to find the story lying underneath. The stories of lives blessed by dedicated obedience to the Lord were good, but the language got in the way for me. As the book went on, it improved somewhat, but still was difficult to get through. Because each chapter was centered on the life and story of a different family, much of each chapter (and consequently, much of the book) was dedicated to simply telling who each person was and putting their story in context. While necessary for the purpose of the book, I didn't feel that it was well done and I simply did not enjoy reading it.

    The introduction to the book did provide helpful background information on the discipline of tithing. and if that is what you are interested in reading, this book may be what you are looking for. However, I feel that there are almost certainly better-suited volumes for that purpose. If you are looking for personal accounts of lives blessed by tithing, I would more easily recommend simply talking to those in your church family.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    Faithful Folios Review

    Vertical Reach = 2

    The nature of this books layout left little room to discuss the author's personal relationship with God.


    Ministry Message = 3

    When you give to God He takes care of you.


    Craft = 3


    This book has a solid command of the craft and is written in a journalistic format and style. It took me quite some time to read this book because it really didn't hold my attention or deliver the in depth information about tithing I expected.


    Aesthtics =2


    I have to be honest, I just didn't get this cover.



    Dollar$ & $ense = 2.5


    I was a bit disappointed by this book. I am still looking for answers about tithing and I didn't find it in this book.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    Does it Make Sense?

    "In these uncertain times, does it really make sense to tithe?" This is the question that the author of Tithing sets out to answer in this book from The Ancient Practices series which explores traditional spiritual disciplines used for centuries in the Christian Church and tithing is one of these disciplines. Tithing, in my opinion fails to answer this question.
    The book contains a collection of stories about different families and individuals that tithe. The collection of stories recants the importance of tithing in the daily lives of these people but it fails to illustrate the connection of tithing to the spiritual promises of God and the biblical discipline's relationship to spiritual growth. It only discusses how each family views tithing in their lives but not if tithing "makes sense." The author does try however, to convey the results of tithing as compassion, generosity and joy.
    Perhaps relating how tithing causes reliance on God for daily needs and through this reliance and sacrifice, the tither draws closer to God,one may make sense of tithing as a way to grow in a relationship with God. The collection of individuals in the book was growing closer to God through their practice of tithing. A reader of Tithing would have to put this together himself because the book was somewhat of a "dry" read. Leblanc did do well with his research and in putting a collection of such diverse believers of the Christian world together in one place with a common practice-tithing.
    If you are looking for a book to reassure you that tithing is a discipline that God requires of a believer, this would not be it. If you are looking for reassurance that you are not alone in tithing, this would be encouraging.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Interesting, but not life-changing

    Tithing by Douglas Leblanc

    The book Tithing is a religious journalist's view of the ancient practice of tithing. Through the stories of many people across the country, Leblanc tells the benefits of tithing. He uses real-life examples of people associated (or formerly associated) with the Episcopal Church to bring a face to tithing.

    Leblanc uses the stories of these people to encourage the reader to return to the "ancient practice of tithing." The concepts of living simply and being generous are thoroughly discussed as well.

    As a practicing tither, I was excited by the possibilities presented in a book dedicated to the subject.

    Though the book is interesting and fairly easy to read, it deals more with the politics of the Episcopal Church than tithing. Many of the biographies and anecdotes in the book don't even mention tithe or giving.

    Unfortunately, I was bogged down enough by the church politics and so distracted by the numerous off-topic anecdotes that after 3 hours of reading over half of the book, I couldn't finish. The author gave a good effort, but the result fell far short of my hopes.

    I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are my own. I am not under any obligation to give this book a positive review.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Not at all what I expected

    In seeing this title you think that this book is going to have some insights since the book is in the Ancient Practices Series. The book is quiet boring, with other's stories. You might find it interesting, but to me, I did not. I however did find myself relating to the last family in the book, John and Sylvia Ronsvalle. Some of their story was a bit boring but when they started talking about how they used to live; paycheck to paycheck, on food stamps, using government assistance to help them pay bills and rent, this started to sound like how we used to be. They made a decision that even though they didn't have enough money to afford the basic necessities in life, they would tithe. Both John and Sylvia didn't come from a tithing family, which is the same for my husband and I, which is why I relate to them and see that if they can do it and let go of the idolatry and the "it's my money" that my family can do the same. I can tithe and be confident that it is going where it needs to go and not to the newest craze that the "Johnson's" have. I can tithe and teach my children to tithe.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Interesting book on tithing

    I just finished reading Tithing: Test Me in This (The Ancient Practices Series) by Douglas LeBlanc given to me by Thomas Nelson's prior to its release. The book is easy to read and contains a lot of storytelling. My only problem with the book is the title. It comes from the "ancient practices" series, but the book is really just a series of stories. It is sometimes difficult to find an overall theme or motif throughout the stories or why the author chose those stories over others.

    Because the book was labeled as ancient practices I was expecting a bit more church history in the book. With my criticisms aside, I would like to say the book is worth reading if you are inspired by individual stories. They did inspire me to want to give more and it had some interesting about tithing in the book.

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    Posted September 6, 2014

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    Not interested....

    Not my type of story. But good writing!

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    Posted August 17, 2014

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    Coolness. I like it. Keepbit coming

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    Posted September 2, 2014

    I love it!

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    Posted August 16, 2014

    Oh My Gosh.

    I freaking love this! It's so detailed and descriptive! [Can I be your co-author? Can we work together on this?]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    The Godly Tests: Prolouge

    Hi! I am Starr. This chapter is gonna explain the history of the world this story takes place in; Rian. Now, I won't need character applications, since I already have all sixteen/thirty two (if you are counting the gods) planned out, but feel free to do so. I'll try to find a way to include them in. So, please leave a review, and I'm open to suggestions! But lets start.
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    <br>
    In the beginning, there was only the Creator. The Creator fashioned Rian out of the endless Void, dotting the Void with stars and Rian's sun to shine down on the world the Creator had just created.
    <br> But the Creator deemed Rian to be too empty, and created sixteen divine beings out of the Creator's own consiouness, each being taking three attributes to grant the world. Soon Rian was teeming with life, for one of those beings had granted life in the skies, another in the seas, and another on the land. But there was a special race walking upon Rian. They looked like the divines, had the same intelligence capacity as them, even talked as they did.
    <br> They called themselves humans.
    <br> They had a connection to the gods, and prayed to them when they needed guidence. The gods would sometimes provide help, feeling that they needed to help their subjects. Other times they would shun them, leaving them to their own devices. Gods were never predictable.
    <br> After a thousand years, humans were the dominant race in Rian, priding themselves in their higher intelligence and connection to the gods. The Creator had not felt need to interfere in that thousand years, thinking the gods had handled everything quite well. But nothing is eternal, excluding the Creator.
    <br> And gods, although leading very long lives, could not be either.
    <br> The Creator wanted to pick a human to replace the Fading god. The gods and humans were very alike, aside from their powers and life spans, so it was only natural that a human would rise to be a god when said god was fading.
    <br> Not just any human would do, however. So, the Creator assigned Desfeti, god of fate, time, and destiny, to pick sixteen people that had enough talent to become a god, and one that could overcome the Tests. At the end, only one would still be there, the others either dead or kicked out of the race.
    <br> And so the cycle began.
    <br> Every thousand years, an old god would fade, a new one taking their place. That time is dawing again. Who will have what it takes to become a god? Who will die? And who will just give up?
    <br> This is the story of sixteen people, some ordinary, some not, that fate hisself picked to have the honor to compete to replace him.
    <br> But who will?
    <br>
    •~-~•
    <br>
    So! This is The Godly Tests. Any suggestions? Questions? You can go to the next res, and i will answer them. But reviews go here. And i love reviews! So, please leave one :) ~Starr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    NRM

    And tada! There was epicness bursting at the pages of the story! Flippin awesome, Starr! I was hooked and am seriously cravin for more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Violet

    Add in a warrioret named lnya, who helps with the Godly tests and sometimes cheats to get her favorite to victory.black hair blue eyes two swords four daggers, bow and arrows, long living, has survived throught four or five goldly tests. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Epicness

    Bleepin'...epic...o_o

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    Tithing

    Tithing is a debated topic the world over. Is it commanded by God? Is there a amount set by the Lord?

    In this book Douglas Leblanc tours the country interviewing many different people from different denominations and different walks of life. From an Episcopalian to an Eastern Orthodox priest... Leblanc covers the full palette of faith.

    This book is informative, and well written. It was not one of the best books I have ever read, but I did enjoy the different thoughts on tithing.

    Score ~ ¿¿
    Violence ~ None
    Indecency ~ None
    Language ~ None
    Age Appropriateness ~ 15 and Up

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

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    Short, Simple, Concise Book on Tithing

    Tithing by Douglas Leblanc is part of The Ancient Practices Series. If you're a Christian looking for information on tithing, this is the book for you. It's relatively short, consise, and unjudging.

    Tithing is the act of giving 1/10th, or 10%. This means different things for different people. For some it means giving 10% to their church, for others it means giving 10% to those in need. The tithe has long been a debate in the Christian community, and Leblanc does his best in this book to share the stories of 11 Christian and Jewish families and their personal takes on tithing.

    I enjoyed reading Tithing. The personal stories were both touching and inspirational. Time after time, the stories came back to their title theme: test me in this, from Malachi 3:10:

    "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,' says the Lord Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."

    Even though the stories and the backgrounds of the families featured in Tithing are very different, the message that comes forward is very similar. Tithing is trusting God with your money, that He will do with it good things, and that the Bible literally says that we can test him in this. As a person who has been new to tithing in the last year, this book spoke volumes to me. My husband and I, still in our 20's, have a lot of debt from college, etc. We are approaching the tithe in a graduated way, which is also described in the book. This book also offers a glimpse of financial responsibility. It has been said that you can look at your bank statement and see exactly where you're worshipping (where you're spending your money).

    I recommend this book to Christians looking for an open forum of tithing stories. It's a book to read and to draw your own conclusions from.

    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Tithing in return for my honest review, from BookSneeze. The opinions above are my own and may differ from yours.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Tithing by Douglas LeBlanc

    This book takes a journalistic view of a number of individuals (or couples) who have been consistent "tithers" during their lifetimes. The main point seems to be to tell each person's story and how tithing has had an effect on their lives.

    To be frank, I had a difficult time with this book. The author does not claim to aspire to educate the reader about the merits of tithing, or even the historical significance of the act of tithing, but to tell the personal stories of a number of people who have/are tithing. It was interesting to read some of the accounts. The author captured stories from people across a wide range of denominations and provided a very journalistic look into how they tithe. I think I was hoping for something with some historical background where I could learn more about the act of faith that tithing is and how it turns our hearts towards God. Not a book that I would recommend to a friend.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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