The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving

The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving

by Randy Alcorn
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The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving by Randy Alcorn

Discover how the joy of giving can make your life richer, starting today.

Bestselling author Randy Alcorn introduced readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity with the release of the original The Treasure Principle in 2001. Now the revision to the compact, perennial bestseller includes a provocative new concluding chapter depicting God asking a believer questions about his stewardship over material resources.

Jesus spent more time talking about money and possessions than about heaven and hell combined. But too often we’ve overlooked or misunderstood his most profound teaching on this topic, from his words in Matthew 6. Jesus offers us life-changing investment advice. He actually wants us to store up treasures for ourselves—just not here on earth. Instead, he urges us to store our treasure in heaven, where they will await us, and last forever. We can’t take it with us—but we can send it on ahead!

Readers are moved from the realms of thoughtful Bible exposition into the highly personal arena of everyday life. Because when Jesus told His followers to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” He intended that they discover an astounding secret: how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and His children maximum pleasure. In The Treasure Principle, you’ll unearth a radical teaching of Jesus—a secret wrapped up in giving.

Once you discover this secret, life will never look the same. And you won’t want it to be. 

“Supercharged with stunning, divine truth! Lightning struck over and over as I read it.” 
- John Piper, Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590525081
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Series: LifeChange Books Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 527,223
Product dimensions: 4.78(w) x 6.54(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM). He is the bestselling author of twenty books, with over one million in print, including the novels Deadline, Dominion, Lord Foulgrin’s Letters and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His fourteen nonfiction works include ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments, and the stewardship classic Money, Possessions and Eternity. He and his wife, Nanci, live in Gresham , Oregon , and have two grown daughters, Karina and Angela. He enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading.

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The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JoAllison More than 1 year ago
Okay, I read it. It disturbs me & I'm trying to figure out how to articulate why because there are a LOT of reviews out there saying this is an absolutely fantastic book on encouraging Christian giving, and tithing (ironically, the latter bothers the glowing reviewers, but not me). His Principles are: Principle #1- God owns everything. I am His money manager. Principle #2- My heart always goes where I put God's money. Principle #3- Heaven, not Earth, is my home. Principle #4- I should live for the line (eternity), not the dot(short life on earth). Principle #5- Giving is the only antidote for materialism. Principle #6- God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving. Doesn't sound bad in & of itself. But I didn't care for what felt like to me, too much focus on our rewards in heaven. It felt like for me there was too much focus on the motive for giving being that we would receive rewards (treasure in heaven) for it (i.e., what we give here is sent ahead to become our treasure in heaven -- I always thought our treasure in heaven is our relationship with God. This just transposes materialism here for materialism in eternity). I feel our motive shouldn't be about getting, but about being so grateful for all He has done, and knowing it's often His way of providing for his children or drawing someone to himself for which we are led to give. I also believe Alcorn misinterprets scripture quite a bit, taking it out of context and making them say things they do not say per what I've learned from my pastors & classes in my church & my own reading.. Moreover, it disturbs me greatly that he did all he could (moving money into other's names) to avoid a civil judgment against him & resigning his job so as not to get the paycheck at that point. And touts this as a good & honorable thing in the book which taught him to live below his means (bear in mind he started off debt free - other than the judgment that he weaseled out of). This book makes me vastly uncomfortable & I cannot recommend it to anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book blessed my life! With all the love of materialism going on in this world, this book is needed for the everyday consumer! I love the stories Randy tells in the book!
deandeguara More than 1 year ago
After reading The Goodness of God by Randy Alcorn, I jumped at the opportunity to read and review as a part of the Blogging for Books program another one of his books. It could be the topic, but I found the Treasure Principle disappointing in comparison with the previous book I read. Don't get me wrong I understand that this book has sold over 1 million copies and it does have Randy's personal testimony of "losing everything" which is both powerful and encouraging to see how God has used and is still using a very difficult circumstance to find pure joy in knowing that God owns it all. I just personally was expecting more after reading the theological richness of The Goodness of God. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a desire to discover the essentials of giving and how it can be a joyful experience. I think it would also serve as a great companion book to go along with a message series on the basics of tithing and giving.
RevTony More than 1 year ago
As I was reading this book it gave me good insite on how I looked at the money that I have and how not to be so cliggy to it. It helped me understand that its all of God's and we need to be good stewards of it as well give it freely back to him. The theme that kept coming back to is that we need to give this treasure back to God and live the life that God envisions for us. One of freedom. It is scriptureally based and after reading it I plan on following these principles so my life can be in line with God's.
viveresperando More than 1 year ago
The author definitely sets high standards for giving. He challenges the reader to give joyfully more than they are used to giving now. His stories and reasoning behind his concept are persuasive. I felt challenged and most important it helped get my mind thinking.. am I giving enough now? Could I give more? Should I give more? Great book to give as a gift.
The-Little-Man-in-China More than 1 year ago
Randy Alcorn's modern classic , The Treasure Principle, reveals the Scriptural truths about giving: how a change in one's attitude towards giving can ignite a reformation in living that will cross over the bounds of this life and open up the very treasure troves of Heaven. With careful yet simplistic detail, Alcorn develops the message of Christ that denial of materialism in this life and investment in the life to come is the best cure for the financial worry and strife that persistently marks our modern culture. Alcorn's writing style is clean, littered with historical facts and noteworthy anecdotes. As simple as his writing is, however, his challenge is far more difficult. By developing six modest keys to unlocking the secret of joyful giving, and by concluding with a six-point giving covenant for the reader to confirm, Alcorn lays bare the truths and trials of one's decisively altering his entire financial philosophy. While reading this short book, I must admit that I found it challenging to picture Alcorn's intended audience. Because his book is filled with stories of philanthropists and business owners, and the majority of his encouragements to give often imply going far beyond the classic 10% tithe, I wondered if he was writing only to the rich. While he mentions often his own story of facing an $8.2 million court judgment and having to accept minimum wage to help pay this off, Alcorn still comes across as a man who lives by far different means than I. His story surely does not resonate with my own, and as a result, this book tends towards the "nice, but not for me" shelf in my library. [Note: I received this book free through the Waterbrook-Multnomah Blogging for Books program] © 2010 E.T.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn is one of many books on the market encouraging Christians to give first to the Lord and trust in His blessings. This books stands head and shoulders above others in this genre because the author truly lives the message of which he writes. Alcorn, who is well known for his many books, especially Heaven, lives on minimum wage. All of his books belong to his church which donates 90% of the profits to charities close to Alcorn's heart. Compare this to other pastors who tell you to tithe, and that you can start by mailing your money directly to them! Alcorn's Treasure Principle is that when we are good stewards of the gifts that God has given us on earth, He will reward us, and we will store up treasures accordingly in Heaven. He uses as an example: if I offered you $1000 today or if you waited, $10,000,000 in a year and then again every year after forever, which would you take? Anyone taking the $1000 would be sacrificing a greater treasure for small happiness today. I know this is a sin I am guilty of, but Alcorn's book offers hope and straightforward reasons for me to repent. It's a thoroughly enjoyable book with a wonderful message. More than 1 year ago
The Treasure Principle
Unlocking The Secret of Joyful Giving
Randy Alcorn
Multnomah, 2008
ISBN: 9781590525081
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for, 12/08
The joy of giving¿
Author Randy Alcorn delves into the mystery of the joy of giving. We live in a society that measures success on materialistic things. The more you have the more you want. The house is never big enough. The car is never good enough. If one is good, two is better, and three is best. None of this brings us happiness or satisfaction.
Alcorn explains where our true happiness and satisfaction comes from¿God. We are to be good stewards of everything, including money. We have nothing without God, yet we claim it all as our own. We use the phrase, ¿I deserve,¿ when in actuality we deserve nothing. All we ¿have¿ belongs to God. He graciously allows us to work for Him. ¿We don¿t own the store. We just work here.¿
Alcorn presents his message is an easy-to-understand, simple manner. This should be required reading for all Christians.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Randy Alcorn writes in a clear, concise manner showing a genuine heart for the Lord and a solid understanding of the Bible. He presents a number of principles and shows how the Lord has led him to use them in his life. He does not tell you to blindly follow his advice, but rather to read the Scriptures and live accordingly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pray for discernment before reading this book. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the truth in it and to help you 'spit out the (numerous) bones' of error included as well. Be a careful, critical reader and do not be deceived.