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Monday, February 1, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Tithing: Test Me in This (The Ancient Practices Series)


Tithing: Test Me In This, is part of The Ancient Practices Series.  

LeBlanc's motivation for writing this book was to demonstrate "tithing in action" to his readers by sharing the stories of a wide variety of believers who have tithed and experienced the benefits in their lives.  LeBlanc traveled to seven different states gathering the stories and experiences of the believers profiled in this book - he calls this work a "journalist's pilgrimage."   He is simply telling the story of other people's lives.

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it gave a solid "teaching" foundation as to the biblical basis for tithing (why we tithe, when it was instituted, etc)., rather than just the stories of other people - but I do give credit to the author for being upfront and honest in the introduction and making it clear that this was not a theological teaching on the subject.

Out of all of the people profiled in this book, I was only familiar with Randy Alcorn.  I enjoyed his story the most, especially because he speaks out against the belief that tithing is Old Testament, legalistic and no longer applicable to today's New Testament believer.   

For those who are unfamiliar with the practice of tithing and wanting to know the specifics, I think this book will be a bit weak on the teaching aspect but it might encourage those who have never tithed, to consider making it part of their worship.

This book was provided free for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers

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