New Year 2010 Must Reads

This New Year Must Reads book list is not a comprehensive list of all of the great books that I intend to read this year, but I think books on the topic of generosity is the perfect place to begin this year.

Our nation is in a recession and we understand this because it has affected our household – the way that we shop for groceries, whether or not we are going far away for our family summer vacation, and the fact that we have friends into our homes for coffee instead of going out for Starbucks.

As we save and steward our resources well during this time – which for some has been easier because even in the midst of excess they were already practicing good stewardship, and for others, has been a much needed and now welcome challenge – it is a good idea to start out the New Year by reading a few inspiring authors who call us to live our lives marked with generosity.

The Law of Rewards by Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn, and The Generosity Factor by Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chic-Fil-A, are three short, sweet, simple books that inspired Tyler and I in our desire to budget,spend, save, and give our money to do good to others and to glorify the Lord.

The Law of Rewards by Randy Alcorn (Tyndale House Publishers, 2003)

Inside the Pages

Randy Alcorn discusses what it looks like to give what you cannot keep to gain what you cannot lose – time, money, possessions, and talents.

Worth Repeating

“Faith [in God and His promises] … motivates us to forgo something in this life for the promise that it – or something even better – will be ours in the next.” (115)

From My Perspective

What great motivation this book provides from a godly man with a scriptural perspective on money, time, and talents. His heart and mind are bent towards heaven, helping his readers to also grasp the good that is to come for all of those who trust in Jesus. This book motivates me to prove my trust in Jesus by daily submitting my finances to the Lord of life.

The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn (Multonomah Publishers, 2001)

Inside the Pages

Randy Alcorn shares his life story and what the Lord has taught him, especially as it relates to God and money. He desires that his reader discover the secret of joyful giving, living the abundant life in Christ here on earth and hoping in Christ for the eternal life in heaven yet to come.

Worth Repeating

“God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.” (73)

From My Perspective

And oh how the Lord has prospered my family! So may we give as unto the Lord with a heart overflowing with thanksgiving, joy, and love. This book motivated my husband and me to consider all of the ways, little and big, inside the box and outside of the box, we can live our lives and use the talent, time, and treasures that He has bestowed on us as vessels of mercy to bring good to others and glory to His name.

The Generosity Factory by Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy (Zondervan, 2002)

Inside the Pages

Blanchard writes a short fictional story to inspire readers – whether you are a business owner or a bag lady – to steward well what the Lord has given you by living a life of generosity.

Worth Repeating

“The successful person knows how to make money, the significant person has learned how to give it away – how to be generous, to share the blessings of money with [others].” (64-65)

“The old [man] desires to have good things flow towards us. The new [man] wants good things to flow out from him.” (107)

From My Perspective

The life of S. Truett Cathy told in a fictional story of the Executive and the Broker was such a refreshing application of all of the principles I read in the two other books. One lesson from this book that deeply impacted is the lesson that we must invest what we have been given by the Lord so that we can be as generous as possible. We must invest our time with Him – He rewards us with time management to spend with our family and friends. We must invest our money wisely so that we have more and more to give to others as He leads. One way that Tyler and I have started to implement this lesson in our lives is simply to purchase products on sale so that there is money left over to give or to invest in others.

{Recession proof your resolutions : to read these books, purchase them at http://half.com, http://amazon.com, which is the link connected to each book’s picture, or borrow them from your local community or church library.}

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