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The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secrets of Joyful Giving

By Randy Alcorn (Author) & Paul Michael (Read by)
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: Discover a joy more precious than gold! Priceless treasure is within your reach. And with it, liberating joy. In Randy Alcorn's 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! "Supercharged with stunning, divine truth! Lightning struck over and over as I read it." John Piper, senior pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis "The Treasure Principle will change your life! This book is destined to become a classic." Howard Dayton, CEO Crown Financial Minstries

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DISCOVER A JOY MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD Priceless treasure is within your reach. And with it, liberating joy. In Randy Alcorn's 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 "Supercharged with stunning, divine truth Lightning struck over and over as I read it." -JOHN PIPER, senior pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis "The Treasure Principle will change your life This book is destined to become a classic." -HOWARD DAYTON, CEO, Crown Financial Ministries "The Scripture passages and illustrations really ring true. Just what I needed " -HUGH MACLELLAN, president, The Maclellan Foundation RANDY ALCORN is a bestselling author and is founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. He wrote the stewardship classic Money, Possessions, and Eternity and the definitive book on the afterlife, Heaven. Randy and his wife, Nanci, are proud parents and grandparents and live in Gresham, Oregon.

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  • Christianity Today - 01/01/2009 page 71

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Studio: Hovel Audio
Running Time: 150.00 minutes
Pages   1
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.06" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.16 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   Hovel Audio
Edition  Unabridged  
ISBN  1596443677  
ISBN13  9781596443679  

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More About Randy Alcorn & Paul Michael

Randy Alcorn Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.

Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has an MA degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and has taught on the adjunct faculties of both.

A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written more than forty books, including the bestsellers Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His books in print exceed seven million and have been translated into over thirty languages. Randy has written for many magazines including EPM’s quarterly issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives. He is active daily on Facebook and Twitter, has been a guest on more than 700 radio, television and online programs including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, The Bible Answer Man, and The Resurgence.

Randy and his wife Nanci have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading.

Randy Alcorn currently resides in Gresham, in the state of Oregon.

Randy Alcorn has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Best of Small Groups
  2. Christian Large Print Originals
  3. Lifechange Books
  4. Proclaiming the Gospel
  5. Revive Our Hearts
  6. Serie Bolsillo
  7. Touchpoints

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Very Helpful and Simple  May 19, 2010
Randy Alcorn is no stranger to financial success, financial loss, and sacrificial giving. In The Treasure Principle, Alcorn shares with his readers six important keys to joyful and free Christian giving.


It is very possible that many Christians do not even recognize the hold that materialism has upon their lives. Alcorn's work helps us to see just how devastatingly attached we are to our things, and how sadly we miss the joys of giving.

Alcorn challenges us to realize that God is the true owner of everything while we are merely his stewards. We will give more freely and rightly when our mindset on giving changes. Alcorn encourages us to realize that all the money we have is God's. Instead of thinking, "What does God want me to give," we should think, "How much would God want me to keep of his money?" This mind-shift is very helpful for believers.


Not much is negative in this book. It is possible that Alcorn is too simplistic or sweeping in his statements. This negative is not damaging for most readers, however, only for those who read this book without discernment.


It would be very good for almost any Christian, especially in western cultures, to read through and strongly consider Alcorn's The Treasure Principle. Perhaps it would open our eyes and hearts to giving for the joy of the eternal reward and the glory of God. Yes, readers should be careful and consider their steps wisely, but this is true of any book. Without question, believers should consider how God would have us worship him through giving in the midst of this difficult financial time.

I am grateful to [...] for their excellent downloadable version of this book. They also have a free download of conference audio from Alcorn on this book (I haven't' listened to it, but I'd suppose it contains much of the same material for $0 and in a 50-minute lecture).
Excellent  Mar 30, 2010
This is an excellent book to show you God's word about His money that He allows us to manage while we are here on this earth.
A different way to think about wealth  Mar 18, 2010
If you are having trouble with feeling happy, satisfied, and/or wealthy, read this book and start giving.
Excellent book on generous living  Feb 17, 2010
I think I've read this book two or three times before. And I find Alcorn's treatment of biblical stewardship in The Treasure Principle to be helpful and motivating, and thus it's a book worth re-visiting on a regular basis. Alcorn begins the book, "All your life, you've been on a treasure hunt. You've been searching for a perfect person and a perfect place. Jesus is that person; heaven is that place." Alcorn then goes on to explain how stewardship in your life now can affect eternity.

"Some books try to motivate out of guilt. This isn't one of them." That proves to be true as Alcorn motivates more from the promises God makes to those who live for Him. Alcorn lays out what he calls the treasure principle: "You can't take it with you - but you can send it on ahead." The rest of the book is a further explanation of this principle from Scripture, replete with examples both from history and from Alcorn's own life. The explanations of the treasure principle fall under six themes (or keys).
1. God owns everything. I'm His money manager.
2. My heart always goes where I put God's money.
3. Heaven, not earth is my home.
4. I should live not for the dot but for the line.
5. Giving is the only antidote to materialism.
6. God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.

I highly recommend this short, readable book to individuals or study groups looking to grow in giving generously.
A challenging book about giving...  Jan 8, 2010
I have known of Randy Alcorn's books for years, but this is the first one that I've read. Overall, I was favorably impressed. The basic premise of "The Treasure Principle" is to reshape the way that American Christians think about money and possessions, and to that end, I would say that he is mostly successful. Much of what he says is not particularly new, but his writing is succinct and clear. And he shares his own rather unusual financial situation to provide some authenticity to his claims. Alcorn suggests that most of us should give away more than we do. He challenges some commonly held assumptions about savings and inheritances, even suggesting that it is not only unnecessary but potentially damaging to pass along significant wealth to our children. Though I'm not necessarily ready to embrace all of Alcorn's ideas, I love his willingness to challenge the church to consider some new and seemingly dramatic ideas about money.

My disappointments with the book are two-fold. First, I was disappointed by Alcorn's narrow view of which organizations are worthy of our generosity. As he encourages us to increasing levels of giving, he suggests that only Christian organizations specifically geared towards evangelism or discipleship deserve financial contributions. He specifically calls out arts organizations as unworthy. I think this position reflects a short-sightedness about the scope of God's work. Though I understand the need to invest in churches and Christian ministries, I am convinced that God's work is not so limited, and we would be well-served to think more broadly about our giving.

Finally, I thought the appendix to the book was ridiculous. It was described as a series of questions that the readers should ask themselves in prayer before God, but the questions were completely loaded, leading questions. Rather than honest questions, that portion of the book was more like an opportunity for Alcorn to rehash what he had already stated earlier in the book. I don't mind an author offering challenging opinions, but couching those opinions as questions was repetitive and even felt a bit disingenuous.

With these two frustrations aside, I am still glad to have read this book. Alcorn is engaging, honest, and challenging. He offers a firm challenge that the 21st-century American church needs to hear. I am happy to recommend this book to anyone willing to thoughtfully consider if God might be calling them to step into a new life of generous, sacrificial giving.

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