Tolle Lege: The Treasure Principle

Readability:  1

Length: 94 pgs

Author:  Randy Alcorn

What if books on giving money were as popular as books on making money?

Randy Alcorn’s The Treasure Principle had been on my wish list for some time when I found it at a local used bookstore.  It’s one of those small little books published by Multnomah, think C.J. Mahaney’s The Cross-Centered Life.  There were several copies at the bookstore, along with another one of these little Multnomah books, The Prayer of Jabez.  I think they were there for two different reasons.  People read The Prayer of Jabez, practiced it for a little while, decided it didn’t work and was therefore stupid.  People read The Treasure Principle, decided it was stupid, or extreme, and therefore never practiced it.  I’m saddened that so many copies of such a book would end up back at the bookstore.  I hope as a result of my small efforts here you go buy all the used copies and more to give away.

This little book is stuffed with power, conviction, and joy.  Here is the book in summary taken from the last page of the book.

Treasure Principle

You can’t take it with you–but you can send it on ahead.


Treasure Principle Keys


1.  God owns everything. I’m His money manager.

We are the managers of the assets God has entrusted—not given—to us.


2.  My heart always goes where I put God’s money.

Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things.


3.  Heaven, not earth, is my home.

We are citizens of “a better country—a heavenly one” (Hebrews 11:16).


4.  I should live not for the dot but for the line.

From the dot—our present life on earth—extends a line that goes on forever, which is eternity in heaven.


5.  Giving is the only antidote to materialism.

Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater person and a greater agenda. It dethrones me and exalts Him.


6.  God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.

God gives us more money than we need so we can give—generously.

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