Book Review: The Treasure Principle
Like a refreshingly cold splash of water on a half woken face, The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn, opened my eyes to see the vastness of my material wealth in comparison to the world around me and how selfishly I horde it. While sharing his testimony from living on a hefty church salary and book royalties to minimum wage, Alcorn was clear that following your money trail (where you spend your money) is the thermometer of where your heart is. Additionally, there was a healthy weave of Scripture, Godly wisdom, and illustrations that at their core were rooted in biblical truth. This short book (120 pages) challenged me to my core not only in how I spend my money, but also in the use of my talents and time. Unlike other Christian books on money, this title was not teaching on how to diversify your portfolio to the glory of God, or how to store up a great inheritance for my children’s children. Alcorn encourages the reader to give out of the overflow of the grace that they have freely and richly received. He argued that the inheritance that one leaves should not be a pile of gold, but a spiritual inheritance, a legacy of giving.
While I must legally disclose that I received this book free of charge for the purpose of reviewing it, I am in no way obligated to present it in a positive light. I can with integrity say that as a Pastor I would strongly suggest this work for the purpose of teaching on money in a discipleship, small group, or Sunday school environment.