How Can Church Leaders Talk About Money in a Healthy Way?

Many pastors find it difficult to talk about money in the church. Why is this? Probably because it has been so abused. No one wants to be the guy who resorts to guilt or cheap gimmicks to motivate people to give more. As a result, some leaders find it an easy subject to avoid.

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But the Bible says more about money than almost any other subject. Obviously, there is a direct correlation between our faithfulness to God and how we handle our money.

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Jamie Munson is the Executive Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. He has just written a new book on this topic called, Money: God or Gift. I read it in one sitting last week. It covers everything from spending, to savings, to giving. And it does it all in a positive, balanced way. Amazingly, it’s only $5.00 on Amazon.

I was able to interview Jamie via Skype. You can watch the embedded video above. Specifically, we talked about:

  • What prompted him to write the book
  • Why so few Christians give to their church—or any other cause
  • Some unhelpful ways Christians and churches talk about money
  • How the people in his own congregation have responded to the message of the book
  • How the book reflects his journey from being a non-Christian to a pastor of one of the country’s largest, most influential churches.

If you are looking for a good, solid book on money—one that provides a biblical overview and practical application—this is it. By the way, you can connect to Pastor Jamie on Twitter, too.

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  • http://twitter.com/sundijo Sundi Jo

    Not necessarily leaving a comment to read the book. Just wanted to say that my pastor has never had an issue talking about money, but to be honest, he hasn’t had to do it much. Our church has been so blessed by the honor and submission to God’s authority. We wanted to raise $100K to build a new school in Darfur, Haiti in 12 months. We still have four months to go and this past Sunday we hit our goal.

    Do His will and He shows up!

    • Anonymous

      Amen! Great testimony.

      • http://twitter.com/sundijo Sundi Jo

        Thanks. God is good, He is.

    • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

      Are you building a school in Darfur, or Haiti?

      Reason I ask: I’ve been recently keyed in to the role of the church in the mountain crisis in Sudan via a National Geographic article (of all places).

      • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

        oops. should read “mounting” crisis, i.e. the elections early next year.

      • http://twitter.com/sundijo Sundi Jo

        Darfur I believe. Wow! Congrats…

  • http://www.chrisaltrock.com Chris Altrock

    I’d like a copy of the book because our congregation just finished a relocation which took 10 years and which has resulted in more baptisms and more new members than we’ve had in over five years and we are struggling to know the best way to teach these new Christians and new members about money in ways that are sensitive, biblical, and fresh.

  • http://www.bloggingtheologically.com Aaron Armstrong

    I would love this book for a couple of reasons:

    1. It would be a terrific book for me to read to better serve my wife and children (I’m the primary income provider in our household); and

    2. Teaching on money is incredibly tricky and can leave many people feeling beaten up, rather than encouraged or challenged. I’m hopeful that Jamie’s book would be helpful in learning how to teach about finances in a way that is edifying.

    • Anonymous

      My children are (mostly) grown. I’m trying to instill the value of gracious giving. I do wish I’d started when they were young.

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  • Richard Wanjema

    I think this is a great resource for people struggling with this topic in the church. I’ve been blessed to be under church leadership that helped me understand this subject. But I also know that there are many people who have a hard time with this. My hope is that this book sheds more light into the subject. Thanks.

  • Joe Abraham

    Very interesting and meaningful title. Like to know more about it. Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/CHiltonDyer C. Hilton Dyer

    As a pastor, missionary and leader focused on helping the poorest of the poor I find that actually lifting people out of poverty is the easiest part of my mission. The most difficult part is getting people who earn more than $20.00 a day(the wealthiest) to get off the fence and release their resources. My ministry’s greatest challenge is to disciple and lead people to Biblically give to the causes that are on God’s heart; the orphan, the widow, the church, the unreached and the poor.

  • Jeff Pinkleton

    I’d like a copy because people talk to me a good bit about money, since I need to raise money (www.gatheringspringfield.com) since I run a non-profit and because I’m multiple leadership positions.
    Would be helpful for me in fundraising and to share with others, since giving is a high-priority for our family.

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  • Chris Woodruff

    I mentor single men in their 20’s – following the NGM model by Regi Campbell – and I am looking for a book to take them through on money – spending, saving and giving from a biblical perspective. I would love a copy to read and see if this is a good fit. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • http://twitter.com/jamiemunson Jamie Munson

      That’s great to hear, Chris, as our church makes a special effort to reach young men with the gospel. A very influential yet often neglected (by the church) demographic. Thank you for your work—hope my book can be of service.

  • Anonymous

    …because I’m having one of “those” years. Extremely underemployed. Had to sell my new home and move into a cheaper rent house. Reinventing myself career-wise. Needing to be wise with every penny.

    Happiest I think I’ve ever been (but broker by the minute).

    I would like this book as means of encouragement for my family. We are at a point of urgent teachableness.

    Most of all, we want to be able to bless others financially.

    Here’s a bit of our current attitude, written almost a year ago:

    http://cflemming.com/ripeforharvest/archives/1250

    Thanks for considering us!

    (And, yes–Carol and I will both read the book.)

    • Shari

      Just read your blog, Charles… it is yet another Romans 8:28 message the Lord has given my husband and me this week… Thank you – you are already being used of Him right where you are now. Joining with you in prayer for your next assignment!
      Shari & Stephen

      • Anonymous

        Thanks so much, Shari. I appreciate both the prayers and the encouragement!

  • http://kingsdaughters21.blogspot.com/ Angela De Souza

    I would love to read this book please

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    During his initial years, my dad had a troubled business partnership and got into huge debt subsequently. As a result, I and my siblings had a painful childhood life. We experienced starvation and poverty. I realized what money is and how it should not be mismanaged. I also understood that I need to be a faithful steward.

    In fact, money is a powerful instrument; and, we all know that it is a good servant but a bad master.

    As it is evident from the pages of world history, when one becomes wealthy, it is easy for him/her to depend on their accumulated money rather than on God. Today, many heinous crimes are carried out in our society in connection with money. Money has become the root cause of many evils.

    Hence, it is important that we get the right perspective on money and have a correct attitude on handling the same. “Money – God or Gift” should be a real eye opener and excellent tool for the aspirants willing to develop the right perception on money biblically.

    Thank you.
    Uma Maheswaran S

  • Lynn Soss

    As a submissive wife and stay-at-home mom, I do not feel that my values are honored by my husband, who was raised in the Catholic faith. He is a very intelligent and capable money manager, but he finds his security in controlling his assets rather than finding security in God. I believe this comes from his response to the death of his mother and perceived abandonment by his father at an early age.

  • http://www.validleadership.com James Castellano

    Being a relatively new christian I have found it intriguing speaking about money in church was touchy. In my opinion talking about money openly and honestly creates great value in and out of church. Thanks for discussing these topics.

    • http://twitter.com/jamiemunson Jamie Munson

      Great perspective. Always good to hear from somebody with a fresh take on the many conversations that circle around within the church. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • http://pastorricky99.blogspot.com pastorricky99

    i have seen several fb and twitter posts regarding this book. as a pastor it can be very challenging to address issues of money and stewardship. this would be a great resource to guide me in my ministry. ricky kirk

  • sjohnston

    A great subject to communicate. I will read this book and hope many Christ-followers will choose to consider its implications for our personal lives. We have so much potential to influence the world for Christ through our generosity.

  • Bprincess1

    Why do I want to read the book, for 2 reasons, I’m new to the Christian walk as I just rejoined the church and gave my life to Christ and I’ve always had problems with handling my money. The second reason is that my father is a pastor and has been a pastor since I was a baby and his church now going on its 35th year, and though the members have been there since I was a child and now are grown and have children of their own attending, my dad still has to have to sell dinners or something else just to raise money for general upkeep when my sisters and I believe that would be unnecessary if people only understood how to properly tithe or give to the church. I think this sounds like a good book that would be a great teaching aid in helping not only me but our members understand the money issues.

  • Diane Stortz

    Wow, Michael–So many stories! You are going to have a hard time choosing the recipients for this book!

  • Mike

    In the next 2 weeks we will be paying off a $900 k debt, in 6 years. Not bad for a small rural church. The people give graciously, but only when there’s a need. Their history is, don’t talk about money. Yet, I do, with kindness, respect, but with firmness. So, I need a new book, something fresh to help me lead this group of people to do what they really don’t want to do, so they can achieve what they’ve always wanted to achieve . . . to build God’s kingdom.

  • Samsung955rep

    I would like a copy of this book for several reasons: first, as correctly noted above, a person’s or church’s attachment to or desire for money is a subject that, if not handled adroitly, can damage a person’s relationship to one’s church. This topic is timely for me and my wife as we are in the process of considering joining a local church. This topic is especially timely at this time of year as there are numerous demands for my money.
    The second reason I would like a copy of this book is that I’m a voracious reader and will often recommend books to my friends, family and colleagues. I’m always looking for good books to recommend.
    Thank you.
    John

  • Anonymous

    I am passionate about this topic. Long after I began my pursuit of tithing I came to appreciate Malachi 3:10 (“Test me in this” the Lord challenges us to tithe and discover the rewards). When my husband and I committed to increase our giving in an effort to someday become tithers we ran into an unexpected problem. Our lives turned around and our financial position steadily improved. It was a “problem” only if we limited ourselves to our pledge because the increased income meant our giving percentage was less than planned. Our God is an awesome God! I praise Him and credit Him with *all* of the blessings.

  • Justin

    I would love to be considered for this book…as a planter/pastor of an 8 month old church-we are thinking through how best to fan the flame of generosity in the people God has entrusted to us. We have several families who in the past have left churches over money (deceit on behalf of the leadership)…so this is something that many in our setting are particularly sensitive to…Not to mention that in our neighborhood there is an obvious idol of material that has bred within many the lie that they do not need a Savior b/c money is serving as their functional savior (yet its unable to deliver!)
    Thanks for giving us this opportunity to get our hands on a sound work!

    • http://twitter.com/jamiemunson Jamie Munson

      Justin, sounds like you have good perspective on your new church. There’s a long road ahead. If you haven’t already, check out Acts 29 for some good resources and support for church planters: http://www.acts29network.org/

  • Jncutright

    That book sounds like just the thing my husband and I need.
    We had gone through a period of wealth, then the construction boom hit a wall and my husband lost his job. Had we been wise masters of what the Lord blessed us with, it wouldn’t have been as devastating as it it was. However, we were not wise and destroyed our credit and amassed a mountain of debt.
    Through many trials, meals of only Ramen and a lot of support from family members, God has given us a second chance. We want to do right this time. I would live a copy of the book as a jumpstart to our new adventure.
    Thank you.

  • Scott

    I am a Christian Financial Advisor and a leader in my church. I am always looking for new and practical ways to communicate the biblical truths about finances to a vast array of people. This books sounds like a great tool!

  • Scott

    I am a Christian Financial Advisor and a leader in my church. I am always looking for new and practical ways to communicate the biblical truths about finances to a vast array of people. This books sounds like a great tool!

  • http://twitter.com/doughibbard Doug Hibbard

    I’d like a copy,and will certainly read it. Why? 1. I’m a pastor. I know that most folks in my church are giving, so I don’t want to just hit them with the trite “give more!” because that’s not fair to their level of commitment. So, I need to know more. 2. I like to read books, especially free ones. 3. I promise to read it. I’m between semesters in my graduate program, so I’ve got time to read it.

  • http://twitter.com/doughibbard Doug Hibbard

    I’d like a copy,and will certainly read it. Why? 1. I’m a pastor. I know that most folks in my church are giving, so I don’t want to just hit them with the trite “give more!” because that’s not fair to their level of commitment. So, I need to know more. 2. I like to read books, especially free ones. 3. I promise to read it. I’m between semesters in my graduate program, so I’ve got time to read it.

  • Edwina

    Our Elders truly need to read this book. Our church is in a very tight financial situation and the Elders hesitate to discuss this with the congregation. We desperately need this book!

  • Edwina

    Our Elders truly need to read this book. Our church is in a very tight financial situation and the Elders hesitate to discuss this with the congregation. We desperately need this book!

  • http://twitter.com/pabreck Patrick A. Breck

    There are a couple reasons I would like to read the book. First, to strengthen my own stewardship principles and to effectively teach those to my children. Secondly, our church does a wonderful job of meeting a specific financial goal (building campaign, funding mission trips, etc.); however, we struggle to understand that general giving towards the operational expenses is just as important. Look forward to reading the book.

  • http://www.cfgears.com Eric Cobb

    I would absolutely love a copy of this book, as I’m sure it would help not only myself and my wife in our money management skills, but also allow us to teach our children how to better manage the gifts that God gives us.

    Unfortunately, since I have neither a Facebook or Twitter account (and have no intentions of ever getting them), I guess that excludes me from your contest.

  • http://twitter.com/saintpatslex Peter Matthews

    Hi Michael,

    I am an Anglican priest in Lexington, KY leading a 7 year old church start. One of the struggles through the history of our congregation has been passing on good teaching about finances, stewardship and giving. One of the key pieces in inhibiting that has been my reticence as a pastor to boldly yet graciously call people to sacrificial giving.

    In the last 6 months the Holy Spirit has been dealing with me to address this issue in our church life. I have already taken positive steps forward, but frankly I need more training. Discovering Money: God or Gift seems quite providential to me in my situation. I would be grateful for a free a copy because of the way it would concretely shape my ministry and the life of our parish.

    This was not very creative I fear, but an expression of my heart.

    Thanks and God Bless,
    Peter+

    • http://twitter.com/jamiemunson Jamie Munson

      Thanks for your honesty and humility, Peter. Preach Jesus and lead with sincere repentance, and God will be glorified whether or not your congregation chooses follow.

  • http://bladeronner.com Ron Dawson

    It was a gradual working on my heart by the Holy Spirit to gradually increase my giving to a point where I was fully tithing (I was in the tithe AFTER taxes camp for a while! :) Anyway, I know that technically I’m “legal” by tithing 10%, but I know it’s God’s heart for us to give more. But in an economy like this, especially when you’re self employed, it can be so hard to even give the 10%, let alone more.
    I would love to grow in my heart to give. Not only to give, but to trust in the provision God has for us. That’s the real clincher isn’t it. If we wholeheartedly, unabashedly trusted in God, we’d never have an issue with giving, not just our money, but our time as well. To know that you know that you know that God will provide, in any number of ways, for my family.
    I’m hoping this book can give my wife and me practical ideas to give joyfully, generously, and with a complete and utter trust in the Lord to provide.

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      I love my husband for this comment and more importantly, his heart to seek God in all that we do as a couple and family.

  • David Rockett

    Good deal Michael & Jamie, excellent topic very needed. I want the book because I work in the financial services sector doing Charitable Gift Planning, largely with Christian folk who want to give more wisely and carefully to their heirs, Churches and Charitable causes — and, I haven’t read such a book in awhile. Most such books are just another restatement/rehash of what Larry Burchette, Ron Blue, and Dave Ramsey have all said, and I wanted to see if this book said anything new or different.

    in His tender mercies,
    David Rockett

    • http://twitter.com/jamiemunson Jamie Munson

      David, sounds like you’ve got some interesting experience. I hope to bring something new to the conversation with practical advice that starts with a clear presentation of the gospel and how it comes to bear in all aspects of our lives.

  • http://www.MySpiritualUpgrade.com Greg Gilbert

    I have shared a program “My Spiritual Upgrade” in churches for a few years. It’s a combination of stories and songs mainly about our role as a parent. One of the discussion items missing is money. Two weeks ago God gave me a new song “What Are They Leaving With” that doesn’t have one thing to do with possessions. It’s about what values and character I’ve instilled in my child. My Bible reading prior to your post included Proverbs 22:7. After all these thing surfacing recently and reading your post, I know I’m supposed to read and share this book.

  • Linzendrsn

    Oh this is such a touchy subject at my church. I would love to learn more about this and pass this onto my pastor. Very interested in this book.

  • http://twitter.com/dsantistevan David Santistevan

    I’d love to read this book. As a pastor, I find there’s a strange relationship between money and the role of a pastor. Also, as a newlywed, I’m asking this question, “how do we seek to provide for our families and use money without it becoming our God?” It’s incredibly easy to fall into the trap of materialism. As a young adult pastor, I’m excited to share these principles with my congregation.

  • Linze Anderson

    Not only do I promise to read this but I will make sure people in my church sunday school class reads this and hopefully my pastor will read this too!

  • John Alexander

    I’ve read a lot about this book and have been looking for impactful ways to talk about money!

  • Jim Egly

    This is an issue I have all ways struggled with. With this economy and my divorce I need all the help i can get

  • Jim Egly

    This is an issue I have all ways struggled with. With this economy and my divorce I need all the help i can get

  • Kathy Dobbels

    I am a member and leader in a small church in a prosperous suburb. My husband and I have been members of this congregation since 1982, when a few people gathered together in the gymnasium of an elementary school. We helped pick out the property for our sanctuary, our middle-school daughter dug the first hole as the church dedicated itself to serving God. The small sanctuary was built first and a small education wing and new pastor’s office was built later. Our children grew up and moved away, as happened to other member’s children. Members moved and passed away and the congregation aged and decreased in numbers. Next year we find ourselves short of the estimated operating funds. There are other prosperous and very large churches we can attend in our community but this is OUR church home and OUR church family. This Sunday, December 12, the church leadership is meeting with the congregation to walk together faithfully in prayer and discussion as we hope to be able to keep our doors open. For all who read this post, I ask for your prayers too. The members of this small congregation will continue serving God in some way but we need prayers of encouragement and wisdom to know the right steps to take now.

  • dee23

    I seriously need to be “convinced” by someone or something(?) why I should give back to church again. I used to faithfully pay my tithes & offerings, but after many disappointments I felt from my church, being neglected by those I considered family, and seeing them being blessed, friends getting married, etc.., and I, overlooked.. I thought my sacrifices won’t matter anymore, or the church only wanted my $..
    I’ve read Malachi many times & prayed, but my heart has hardened so badly.

    • http://twitter.com/jamiemunson Jamie Munson

      It sounds like you’re wrestling with a lot, and while I don’t pretend to understand all that’s going on in your life, I get the sense that you’ve given in the past with a sense of entitlement: giving to God so that he will give you things in return, such as wealth or a spouse. I’m very sorry for the poor teaching you’ve received in this area (the church is indeed full of sinners), and I pray that God will help you see that he calls us to give as a joyful act of worship, dependence, and love toward him—not as a way of getting something from him.

  • Michael Wehrle

    I want this book to get a fresh perspective on the teachings of the Bible about money, so I can impart the truths into my children (1 and 2) as they grow. Its never too early to teach them about money, from God’s perspective.

    I promise, I will read it :)

  • http://twitter.com/ThatGuyKC K.C. Procter

    This is a great interview. Thank you for sharing. I’m a Seattle-ite and it is cool to see a local featured.

    I’m going through Dave Ramsey’s program Financial Peace University and have been convicted about my attitude toward money, especially as it relates to church and giving.

  • Steve Benson

    Our church is 63 years old and has been in decline for some time. A year ago we embarked on an intentional revitalization process. I’ve been reading books on leadership, time management, etc. Perhaps stewardship will help. All the “success” stories from other churches just seem to emphasize our failures. We are still trying to find the corner and start coming around it toward recovery…

  • chris foster

    As a Pastor of a church where 80% of the people in our church received Christ in our church, I can say this is a constant measure of discipleship and a focus the church must not be afraid to tackle.

  • 5littlelambs

    I walk through the church parking lot full of new cars, overhear the discussion of the football schedule options – HD on cable or satellite? – and watch a foyer full of people sliding fingers on the latest smart phones. I then ponder over the budget shortfall published in the church bulletin. I’m not the prodigal son, I’m the older son. I struggle with how to ask my Father for the freedom to celebrate and serve. I am interested in reading Mr. Munson’s counsel.

    • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

      Your post made me think of Wikipedia. Every time I look something up these days the first thing I see is Wiki’s ostentatious banner aimed at generating funds.

      You made me wonder if the institutional church has fallen into the same category as NPR, National Geographic, and Wiki-anything: congregants expect systems and buildings and ministries for public consumption, but on an ad-hoc donation basis. It’s a far cry from Biblical.

  • Dan Brubacher

    I would love to receive a copy of this book as I am always looking for practically helpful and biblically faithful resources on the topic of money. I am a pastor responsible for adult discipleship in my church, and this matter of financial stewardship is one of those “sticky” topics that never goes away. Jamie’s book sounds fantastic! Please consider me for one of the 100 free books. Thank you so much!

  • Sbradley

    Thank you for the opportunity to receive a copy of Money: God or Gift by Jamie Munson. Over the past 4 years, I have asked our Pastor to do a series on tithing and he keeps saying he will but then he never does. It sounds like this book will help him. I will read it, then pass it on to him (and I will Twitter and Facebook about it). Sandy B

  • Danielle M

    My fiance and I are getting marriend this January, so money has been a pretty big issue lately as we prepare to merge bank accounts, budget our ceremony, etc. We’ve had several opportunities to sponsor missionaries, developing countries projects, international organizations, and more lately, but are hesistant until after we establish our finances together. Sharing money is more complicated than I thought – of course it’s not a problem, but it’s new for both of us to second-guess whether or not to buy a new movie or grab coffee after work without checking the bank and with eachother! Handling money scares us both a little, so we could use any advice and teachings about it. I actually thank God, though, for keeping us dependent on him; I don’t ever want to lose sight of who the money really belongs to!

  • Dale

    I’d like a copy of the book because I think that I’m one of ‘those pastors’ who struggle with teaching on this subject…not because I’m afraid to necessarily, but because I find it difficult to live it out myself. I don’t give GENEROUSLY because I just don’t have anything to give. Personally we’re going through the most difficult times financially in the 12 years that I’ve been in ministry. I’d just like some help equipping me-so that that I can equip others.

    • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

      Grace to you, Dale.

    • http://twitter.com/jamiemunson Jamie Munson

      Thanks for being honest, Dale. You have a great opportunity here to lead your church by showing them what repentance looks like. More resources at http://www.marshillchurch.org/.

  • Neal MD

    A) I read the Anne Jackson book “Permission to Speak Freely” the day I got it. Thanks for an encouraging, great read!

    B) I’d love to read this book because I really want our time and act of offering to be worshipful. God has given us a phenomenal church of blue collar to government employees with high appointments. We are – in the big picture – a very young, maturing church. Moving our local body of Christ in the direction of maturity and obedience is exciting. I want to know more to be able to do more!

  • http://twitter.com/lancecashion lance cashion

    Our pastor speaks openly and often about money, taxes, giving and tithing. Our church has zero debt, so everything is paid for in cash. I think talking about money in the church is a healthy thing to do.

    Our culture leads Christians to believe that money is the cause of our problems. The fact remains that our problems are directly linked to our culture’s lack of faith in Jesus Christ. A pastor’s fear of addressing money is a symptom of a more serious infection that is spreading throughout the Church.

    Churches should step up their efforts to convey that money is a Biblical concept and God wants us to take money seriously as we glorify him in all that we do (including dealing with money).

    Frankly, I’m tired of the cowardice within our churches in dealing with important issues. No one is attracted to a wimp and no one is attacked to wimpy churches conveying a wimpy message.

  • http://www.embracepositivepassion.com Georgiana

    Money is a very sensitive subject for people. How we think about it, spend it and save it are extremely personal issues which can transform our spirits into stingy misers or giving souls. Greed is an enemy that many don’t realize which causes unhappiness in us and is a detriment to our joyous passion, positivity and blessed purpose in life. This evil desire of unhealthy wealth takes away from others in need. It’s important to guard against greed as it seizes our freedom. Life can be snatched from us at any moment, and then what good is our money as it only reveals opportunities of giving gone by.
    Personally, I am continuing to learn that it is vital to be a living blessing by giving abundantly to those of less fortune. In return, my soul experiences an internal gushing of heavenly joy!
    I definitely promise to read Money: God or Gift and share with it others for when it comes to money it is very important to be a Giver and leave a legacy of generosity, compassion and love.

  • http://brevis.me Bob

    I’m the business manager for a church in Warrenville, Illinois, and I would love to read this book to see if our church is talking about money correctly, or if there are new ways to talk to/teach our congregation about money and stewardship.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I’ll have to check out Mars Hill Church. I’m not happy with my church situation here and had never heard of this church. I’m looking forward to visiting one of their campuses.

    I agree with Jamie regarding the guilt/gimmick churches do. That is no an immediate turn off for me. The Word is true, I believe it and do it.

    • http://twitter.com/jamiemunson Jamie Munson

      We’d love to have you visit! Go to marshillchurch.org for details.

      • Anonymous

        Will do

    • LauraEve

      Not sure why you’re not happy with your church situation but I would like to respectfully suggest “The Bait of Satan, Avoiding the Deadly Trap of Offense” by John Bevere, before anyone leaves their church.

      • Anonymous

        read that 10 years ago when it first came out

  • Alatorcai

    The generation today is so WIIFM (What’s in it for me?) that often the tithing / offering is not part of the character of their thankfulness. How do we implant this attitude back into the Y generation? Hopefully this book can help. Thanks for your kind consideration! God Bless.

  • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

    For some reason the western church has been able to divorce a person’s values from the way they spend money. It’s a peculiar schism. After all, if at the end of the month, I’ve spent $5 a day on coffee drinks but not a dime on the poor, that is in fact—not in theory—an expression of my personal values.

    Could the money thing just be a world view collision that pastors need to bring to a head?

  • http://www.adaptationsoflife.com/ Jack Heimbigner

    Listening to Jamie’s answer about what money was to him before he was a Christian and how he looks at it now, sounds much like my story. Though I am not at the “complete” flip point of where money had been my god yet. I would love to read through his book to help me understand what God really says about money and how I am handling it right now! Thanks for the great review!

  • Mike

    This would be a great resource to have as I teach Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University to my church.

  • http://twitter.com/JoshCousineau Josh Cousineau

    Would love to read as copy of this book. I am a youth pastor, student, husband father of two and adopting 2 more this spring. So to say this book would be good for me might be an understatement.

    So yeah thanks for setting this up with Jamie!

  • http://storytimewithblair.wordpress.com Blair

    i want this book because i like books. and because i am terrible at how i handle money. and the church at large is terrible at how they handle their money. we’ve turned into a business model rather than the life giving church. anyway, anything that could help me understand better how to handle my money what God has called us to would help me and my family.

  • Bruce

    I have always been turned off by the typical TV Evangelists with lavish lifestyles that seem to want to profit from every word they speak and every sentence they write. I can however, support a pastor that understands he is a workman that must give an account of his stewardship of things entrusted to him. Jesus asked us to save the people drowning in the lake, he never told us to build resorts along the shore. We are to store up our treasures in heaven where moth and rust will not destroy. I can freely give to pastors and organizations that take these words of Jesus the way He meant them. Are His messengers relaying the right message? A message that allows the Holy Spirit to stir in the hearts of His people. We find refuge under the shelter of His wings, not in buildings that have had more thought, effort and resources poured into them than in saving the lost. I apply the glory filter to my decision making. The glory filter, when working properly, will filter out my glory and purify His. The process begins by asking, “who gets the glory.”

  • http://storytimewithblair.wordpress.com Blair

    two memories stick out in my mind. i still remember at my christian school growing up the yearly financial address from the president. to be in high school and have someone basically make you feel guilty because people were supporting you to go to school did not make me want to give to a christian institution. and at church in later years, i remember an elder getting up and saying we weren’t giving enough as young people, and we needed to grow up and support our church. he may have been right, but it certainly didn’t have the effect he wanted.

    i want this book because i like books. and because i am terrible at how i handle money. and the church at large is terrible at how they handle their money. we’ve turned into a business model rather than the life giving church. anyway, anything that could help me understand better how to handle my money what God has called us to would help me and my family.

  • http://twitter.com/phlowen phil owen

    ok…truth is i feel torn. I’ve been the recipient of one of your book give-away’s recently, and i feel like somewhere there must be a radio-esque announcer hiding somewhere saying, ‘you’ve already won in the last 90 days…back-off thief’.

    however, this particular issue is one i’m still working on developing communicating to our church body as crystal clear as I possibly can. I LOVED Andy Stanley’s Fields of Gold book, and would love to hear Jamie’s perspective on this. If we can get people to not just understand giving, but truly…GENEROSITY…I think we’d be looking at a totally different landscape in this world.

  • http://tasra365.com tasra

    I got my husband hooked on your blog, now he’s reading it before me and telling me to go read your post and apply to get this book. Since I’m the avid reader in the family always telling him about books, I was intrigued and here I am… would love to read this, would absolutely finish it, and share what I learned via social media. Thanks for the chance!

  • Mark McKeen

    I hadn’t checked my Google reader for a few days. Today, I had a spare minute or two and I thought I’d get caught up on my blog reading. I don’t think that it is a coincidence that I read this post today. Our church budget meeting is tonight, and there is, no doubt, going to be some hot discussions about the finances of the church. I wish that I had this book a month ago. I am always looking for ways to communicate a spiritual view of money to people. I appreciate what Jamie Munson said about money being the last part of us that we surrender to the Lord. It truly is! This book would be a benefit to me in my ministry as I teach people to surrender their WHOLE lives to Jesus–not just certain parts. That is why I want the book.

    I would also like to note that leaders find it hard to talk about money in the church because they don’t talk about it much. They leave it to a couple of sermons a year that are usually right before church budget meetings. This creates an atmosphere where the topic of money is taboo in the church. The same thing happens with the topic of sex. Everyone wants the teens to stay pure sexually, but no one wants to talk about it. If you create an environment where its ok to talk about money all the time, then you will have more discussion, and the conversations will be easier, more positive, and more conducive to learning, and in the long run, more encouraging.

    Don’t limit it to one or two talks a year, but incorporate it in as many sermons and conversations as you can.

  • Roy Wallen

    Indeed, we have much to learn from the Bible about money management. As a lay leader of our church, this book would likely be a great help to me and to us as a church as well as to individuals. If I could get a copy, I commit to not only reading it but writing a review for further publication.

  • http://twitter.com/bgbulmer Bryan Bulmer

    I am apart of a 2 year old church that has over 400 people attending it. Need I say more:)

  • @PaulSteinbrueck

    Sounds like an interesting read. Money is one of the biggest impediments to following God for many people, so I’d love to read Jamie’s perspective on money and how to discuss it more effectively as a church.

  • http://twitter.com/poimane Terry L. Little

    I wanted a copy of this book because it is about money and God and @paulsteinbruek promoted it.

  • http://twitter.com/WJFINCH Bill Finch

    I am a Pastor of a small town in Southern Ontario that has been particularly hit hard by the economic downturn. A number of our folks inthe church have suffered job losses. As you may expect, our church has been affected by this as well. Despite these drawbacks it does not disqualify us from being faithful in giving to the Lord’s work. Any help that we could receive in this area would be greatly appreciated.

  • http://twitter.com/MatOwens Matt Owens

    I love your blog. I’d love to read the book too.

  • http://twitter.com/MatOwens Matt Owens

    Talking about money in the church can be challenging. My grandparents were living on a fixed income, and after attending their church for the last time they stopped going because they felt guilty for not giving. They barely had enough to make it through, especially with my grandfather’s multiple medications. It was a very hard time for them, and the pastor made things worse. People need to be educated on the proper methods of teaching their congregation about giving.

  • EmGro

    I would love a copy of this book because:
    1. I want to learn more about what the Bible teaches about money so that God is the most important thing in my finances, not worrying about bills, etc.

    2. My boyfriend is agnostic, and I want to be able to explain my view on finances to him, without seeming preachy or clueless.

  • http://twitter.com/WJFINCH Bill Finch

    I am a Pastor of a small town in Southern Ontario that has been particularly hit hard by the economic downturn. A number of our folks inthe church have suffered job losses. As you may expect, our church has been affected by this as well. Despite these drawbacks it does not disqualify us from being faithful in giving to the Lord’s work. Any help that we could receive in this area would be greatly appreciated.

  • http://tomjamieson.wordpress.com Tom Jamieson

    What a great resource! I’d like a copy of this book because our congregation is going through a major transitional period. Our hispanic mission church is launching into an autonomous, constituted church on 1/1/11. We will be losing about half of our regular attenders and about one-third of our income. This book offer may just be the resource I’ve been looking for to help our congregation as well as the hispanic congregation when it comes to the subject of money. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Here’s the link to the tweet: http://twitter.com/pastortomjam/status/12228183470383104

  • http://www.flavors.me/jasmine84 Jennifer Rowsell

    I want this book because I am a young Christian pastor-in-training who is constantly fighting the western world materialism battle. Just on Black Friday I ALMOST bought an iPad even though I have no money and it would have been bought on a student line of credit. This is DUMB. I am in a constant fight with wanting to live with nothing and give it all away, to wanting to have all the latest toys just so I can have stuff which I think will make me happy, but I know won’t.

  • BJ Stricklin

    Why do I want this book?
    Well, as I read this blog I am extremely sleepy after a 4 hour budget meeting last night with our elders. I am the Equipping Pastor at a 1.5 year old church plant in Tuscaloosa, AL (we are in the process of joining A29). We have been blessed financially as a church by several sponsoring churches and tons of faithful believers who have poured in resources to get us off the ground. However, as we looked at last night, we are still only about 80% self sustaining as a church. Over the course of the next year, it will be one of my responsibilities to help us get to 100%. I am reading and listening to everything I can get my hands on these days!

  • Stephanieann Huff

    I would love a copy of this book. I have been desiring a greater biblical understanding of money, it’s usefulness or the kingdom and how to be a good steward of it. I am 23 and I am realizing this is a foundation that is needed for a successful life. Thank you!
    Stephanie Huff

  • http://www.burningheartproductions.com Lauralee

    I am a filmmaker and speak often to artists of different disciplines who are also persons of faith. Lately that discussion has taken the form of considering what it might mean to become the “new amateurs” going back to the root meaning of the word which is “lovers.”

    We have to consider both what we do with the money we have, and whether the getting of it defines our paths, especially as artists. I’m interested in reading anything that helps put that conversation in context, especially since I am also an elder at a church that meets in Hollywood and is full of musicians and filmmakers who struggle with this on an ongoing basis.

  • Stephanieann Huff

    Stephanieann Huff 0 minuter sedan
    I would love a copy of this book. I have been desiring a greater biblical understanding of money, it’s usefulness or the kingdom and how to be a good steward of it. I am 23 and I am realizing this is a foundation that is needed for a successful life. And yes, I absolutly promise to read it! Thank you!
    Stephanie Huff

  • http://twitter.com/loveintheTruth Trevor Peck

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    Was just talking
    About money
    Not five minutes ago
    To tell you the truth.

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    Coincidence? Maybe.
    Only, I don’t believe in that. It must be
    Providence!
    You decide and let me know. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/MacKinnonChris Chris MacKinnon

    I just started pastoring a new church in August, and have been racking my brain how to teach on giving. Instead of preaching on the topic outright, I have offered sermon-prayers at offering time, praying for the offering but dropping in Scriptural truths about blessing, giving stewardship. The church has existed for over 80 years, but the past 25 years it has deeply struggled with finances. What a great resource.

  • Beth9543

    i would love to win this book! I am a 21 year old college student graduating this spring and what thing is more pivotal at a time like this than for me to learn how to handle God’s money? I somewhat budget now but I am only making $0.04 cents a month so it is fairly easy for me to do the math and such. but when my budget gets bigger and i get into the real world im gunna need a big dose of money theology to slap me in the face before i get slapped in the face by not taking care of it well!

  • Austin Ross

    I want this book because, as a newly married man, money is something that I need to be better at handling. I want this book because, as a staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ, I want to teach gospel-centered fiscal responsibility to the students I lead. I want this book because, as someone who raises financial support for his salary, I want to handle the money God has given me as best I possibly can. I want this book because I believe our God to be a practical God who desires us to be responsible with what He gives us.

  • http://markmyles.wordpress.com/ Mark Myles

    I am also a pastor and love how Jamie points to the fact that money is given to us to show the world that money is not our God, Jesus is. I’d love to get a copy to have a better grip on gospel motivation behind generosity in general.
    Plus, it would be another piece of ammo against the health & wealth arguments. :)

  • Neil Johnston

    I’m a pastor in a local church and leading out on the topic in January. Sounds like it’d be a great resource! Thanks.

  • Matt Smith

    I would love to do a podcast interview early in 2011 and promote the book. Check out our previous interviews, including Anne Jackson, Dave Ferguson, Amy Grant, Matthew West and so many more!
    http://eaglesinleadership.org/category/interviews/

    Thanks!
    Dr. Matthew Lee Smith
    EaglesInLeadership.org

  • Carrie

    I would like a copy of the book. How can I get one? Is it on Kindle?

  • http://twitter.com/kmbe11 Katie Bell

    I would love a copy of this book because I am currently in transition to becoming a full-time missionary in Mexico. Trusting God in finances is really the most difficult faith battle I’m having to overcome. It is difficult to let go of my own master planning and just step out into His will knowing that He will take care of His servants. Yet I know that guilting money out of people for support is a dead end road; teaching so that hearts are changed to give to the work of God as they have been blessed is the way to go. I’m also seeking God in what He wants me to do with all my worldly assets (house/car/furniture/etc). I have been studying this subject by reading a variety of books and listening to a number of sermons by some highly respected pastors, and so I would greatly appreciate having the opportunity to hear your spin on it as well. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/kmbe11 Katie Bell

    I would love a copy of this book because I am currently in transition to becoming a full-time missionary in Mexico. Trusting God in finances is really the most difficult faith battle I’m having to overcome. It is difficult to let go of my own master planning and just step out into His will knowing that He will take care of His servants. Yet I know that guilting money out of people for support is a dead end road; teaching so that hearts are changed to give to the work of God as they have been blessed is the way to go. I’m also seeking God in what He wants me to do with all my worldly assets (house/car/furniture/etc). I have been studying this subject by reading a variety of books and listening to a number of sermons by some highly respected pastors, and so I would greatly appreciate having the opportunity to hear your spin on it as well. Thanks!

  • ThePhantom777

    Hi Michael, I want a copy of this book to help me and those I lead have a fundamental understanding of giving that is scripture based and practial. Thanks Mark Heywood (ThePhantom777)

  • Aliciakplummer

    I’d like a copy of this book to give to my husband because our pastor used it in a sermon, and my husband was really interested in the title. We are a purposeful one-income family with a toddler and another on the way in January, and he told me that if we got it (we were planning to purchase it, but winning this would be a total blessing) we could read through it together. We’d both really like to make sure that our use and view of money is healthy and glorifying to God, and your book seems like a great place to start!

  • Alethea

    We are a new church plant in Chicago of about 30 people. Currently, we still receive some support from our mother church every month. Lives are being touched by God, however, we really need to become self-supporting to begin investing in the community beyond our monthly bills. Seems like this book might give some insight into how to get from here to there!

  • Sgonzalez

    I attend a church with a young congregation. My opinion is that this age dynamic plays an important role in the low giving at the church. Their feeling is that giving their time/talents is better than money, but I doubt they realize that the church needs their support financially to be sustainable. I would enjoy receiving a copy of this book so that I help myself and my church understand the joy and necessity of giving and tithing.

  • Jim

    I believe this book could be very useful for our congregation. I recently read a statement, “Money should fund your vision, not determine it.” Hopefully, there are some insights in this book to help motivate folks to give to the vision of the church and really be excited and inspired to give.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    As a missionary, I raise part of my salary — that is, I rely on the generosity of other Christians for my livelihood. I don’t know what the financial state of the church is right now, but I’ve seen a significantly negative impact in giving towards my ministry over the past few years, and I’ve always struggled with communicating to my supporters and potential supporters about the importance of financial stewardship.

    It’s a fine line between educating people and coercing them. I’d love to read the book and glean any potential insights on how to communicate the issue of money and fundraising in effective, yet non-manipulative ways, and I’d also like to better understand the reasons why people don’t give (I also help with our organizational fundraising, too).

    Oh, and if I win this book, I’ll tear out the pages when I’m done reading it and turn those into a new type of currency. Kidding… (maybe)

  • http://www.marshillchurch.org/ Jamie Munson

    Thanks again for the interview, Michael. It was great talking with you, and I hope the book serves your audience well!

  • http://twitter.com/Bryan_Sims Bryan_Sims

    Is there any chance this book will be published in a Kindle format?

    • http://twitter.com/jamiemunson Jamie Munson

      Kindle version is in the works and we hope to have it available as early as this week.

  • http://twitter.com/man4god man4god

    I lead a church plant where the giving attitudes and fluctuations are the single biggest obstacle to seeing the vision of the church being realized. I would love to have a fresh perspective on tackling this issue.

  • Corey Mortimer

    I hope to use the information for my ministry here. I have been looking for a book that deals with church and money biblically. Thank you for pointing us in this direction.

  • Luke Kirkegard

    I am a member of the Eldership of a small church of 150 members in Australia, many of whom come from a non-church background. As a leadership we are continually faced with constraints on our evangelistic outreach into our local community and schools due to funding.

    I hope that this book would give us a fresh outlook on communicating biblical stewardship and financial responsibility to our membership and begin to change the culture of giving within our membership.

    i love the statement, i think from Mark D. “the question is not how much of our money to we give back to God, but how much of his money (entrusted to us) do we need to keep”?

  • TNeal

    I’m currently writing an article about money, working title: “My Money Won’t Shut Up.” In my case, my money often talks about me and sometimes I don’t like what it has to say. On the other hand, the fact I’ve got any money in the bank at all speaks volumes as to God’s faithfulness. My confidence in God often can be measured not by my church giving but rather by my restaurant tipping. In my least trusting moments, I avoid eating out where I have to leave a tip. When I accept that God is faithful, I’m prodigious in my tipping.

  • Christopher Paul

    I would like a copy because I am a college student with a desire to go to seminary after undergrad. So, the book would be an excellent tool for me to utilize as well as remember when paying off school debt starts.

    And here is my creative kick: If I don’t get the book, I’m ordering one off of Amazon.

  • http://twitter.com/davidhoos David Hoos

    I’d love a copy if it’s not too late. I don’t have the money to buy a copy right now….which probably means I need to read it.

  • Jeff Randleman

    I would love to read this book. My wife and I weren’t too smart with our finaces when we first got married. As a result, we racked up a lot of debt. We both learned poor money habits from our parents, and have committed to changing them in our generation and passing on beter habits to our kids. I’m confident that this book would be another step in the right directon for my family and our finances. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

    • Anonymous

      By the way: I promise to read it!

  • Pastorsteve

    Our stewardship committee has been looking for a new way to present stewardship to our church. This book would be a tremendous help to us.

    Pastor Steve

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    As a missionary who raises part of my salary, I would use this book to better understand why Christians do or don’t give. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a decline in ministry supporters, and this may shed some light on this topic. I’ve always struggled with educating people on the importance of financial stewardship (and generosity) without coming across as manipulative or coercive. It seems like a fine line, especially when you have something personally vested in it (like your livelihood).

    Oh, and I’d tear out the pages (after reading the book, of course, because I committed to #4) and turn it into a new form of currency.

    Just kidding’… (Maybe.)

  • Paul

    Money is a big issue & must be discussed, but huge cynical barriers exist that prevent a generous attitudes developing. It is an anomaly of modern life that many find giving to be a burden. But if one first gives themself to the Lord, all other giving is easy

  • Paul

    Money is a big issue & must be discussed, but huge cynical barriers exist that prevent a generous attitudes developing. It is an anomaly of modern life that many find giving to be a burden. But if one first gives themself to the Lord, all other giving is easy

  • Hales83

    I would like the book as I lead a mother’s group at our church and it would be a great resource for all of us to evaluate how we use/abuse the money our husband’s work so hard for and God has entrusted us with.

  • Lisa

    I need a copy because today, I bounced my checking account for the third week in a row. At 40 yo I feel like a failure & cannot even delegate money for regular living let alone Christmas or tithing (gulp!). Save me from the undisciplined money wretch that I am!

  • Lisa

    I need a copy because today, I bounced my checking account for the third week in a row. At 40 yo I feel like a failure & cannot even delegate money for regular living let alone Christmas or tithing (gulp!). Save me from the undisciplined money wretch that I am!

  • Lisa

    I need a copy because today, I bounced my checking account for the third week in a row. At 40 yo I feel like a failure & cannot even delegate money for regular living let alone Christmas or tithing (gulp!). Save me from the undisciplined money wretch that I am!

  • Lisa

    I need a copy because today, I bounced my checking account for the third week in a row. At 40 yo I feel like a failure & cannot even delegate money for regular living let alone Christmas or tithing (gulp!). Save me from the undisciplined money wretch that I am!

  • Tim

    Here in Canada our students have to do what’s called a Grad Transitions project as part of their 12th grade graduation requirements. I want to read the book because our Grads have asked if I would do a kind of ‘Christianized’ version of the Grad Transitions project to teach them about budgeting, relationships and time management from a Biblical perspective. I know it’s not overly creative – but very practical!

  • Jon Estes

    I would love to receive a copy of this book. From my reviews of the book and the comments by Pastor Jamie Munson above, the greatest asset to this book is it’s emphasis and encouragement to study God’s view of money within community. I oversee the financial counseling ministry for our church, and I would love to review this book as a resource for shepherding our people in stewardship.

    So I’d even petition for more than one copy if possible – maybe a couple to even lead our community group through! :)

    It’d be great to combine Michael Hyatt’s encouragement to shepherd and lead others and to bring together Jamie Munson’s encouragement to seek God’s view of our money together with people.

  • Anonymous

    I just recently left a church because that Church would always make me feel guilty about giving. They spoke about every day about giving an additional 10 to 20% each Sunday. Really it got really old for me and we left. Am I wrong for this? We don’t have a problem tithing but, I needed to see this from the Church family.

  • Anonymous

    Hello. I would like a copy of this book for two reasons, really. The first is that I love to read books and then pass them onto others, and the topic of money is one that is often neglected, so I would like to have others read on the topic. The second reason is that I myself want more information on the topic. I sometimes struggle with the idea of having a savings account; is it wisdom, or is it faithlessness? I would like to read the book to gain fresh insight on this topic, so rest assured that I will read the book.

  • Wes Van Fleet

    Thanks for writing such a needed book among all the “self-help” money books flooding Christian bookstores. Everything from RE:Lit has been such a help, thanks Resurgence! In a culture where so many are unaware of their idolatry, I hope this book exposes hearts and is an effective tool to equip the people of God to display His grace to those around us.

    The ministry I am involved in is an Acts 29 ministry, a unique one with a lot of homeless members. I am interested to see how Pastor Jamie tackles the issue of giving as far as the needy are. We have been going through Ephesians and have seen that the reason for working (earning money), is to give it away (Eph. 4:28), but what about those who have no money to give? It will be an interesting read. Thanks for writing this book Jamie.

  • hueyhlee

    I would love for my church staff and leadership to get our hands on this book. I’m a pastor of a Korean American church and talking about financial issues in our meetings is always so awkward. No one really says, even knows how to say, what they really want to say. And as the youngest one on staff it’s even harder for me to say anything. God help us! I would really appreciate a copy of this book.

  • http://apologies.wordpress.com/ Al Garlando

    Just today I wrote to my Church (in our weekly email newsletter) and mentioned that money is the hardest thing for any pastor to talk about. I try to encourage transparency with Church finances, budget, offering receipts etc. I also try, where appropriate to include the use of money, giving as one among other applications of my sermon text.
    I have only been at the Church I pastor at the moment for 18 months. Prior to me there was a culture of secrecy about money. Even now, when I mention it from the pulpit I get feedback from some of the regulars about how inappropriate and un-gentleman-like it is to discuss money. When I hear that I try to respond gently & explain how treasure is an indicator of discipleship – and that we should encourage all areas of gospel based discipleship.
    Part of the legacy of secrecy about money is that the pastoral stipend is very low and we really struggle just to make ends meet. The old time regulars know this and whenever I mention money in passing during a sermon it is interpreted as manipulating a pay rise.
    This hurts, not only because of the hardship I and my family willingly and joyfully endure for the gospel, but because I see so much gospel growth squandered, all because “you shouldn’t talk about money!” Meanwhile, after every service, the chatter abounds about oversea’s holidays, new cars, house extensions etc – none of which are bad or evil – just an almost cliche example of good things becoming god-things.
    Al.

  • David Earl

    We just took 20 people through “Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” at our church. Three of us shared being the coordinator. I decided to coordinate another class in January. My thought was this might be a good book to bring out another prospective on God’s money. I tried to bring different thoughts into the class each week.

  • Kristen@TheFrugalGirl

    I’d love to win a copy of this book. I write a blog about saving money, and am always interested in learning more about how to have a properly balanced view of money. And of course, I’d love to share the info with my readers.

    Thanks!

  • Alcjmc98

    It is not that I want this book, it is that we NEED this book. We are a one income, homeschooling family. My husband is a chaplain at a group home for youth. We don’t attend a “regular” church. Instead we worship with 50 to 60 youths. We do not really have the opportunity to tithe to the church we attend. Instead, we give where we feel led. That brings a lot of guilt. We don’t always give the correct amount and we struggle sometimes with where to give. As the people who are responsible for educating our children, we would like to start a firm foundation of giving, not only to be an example to them, but also to be obedient to God. ALso, we are not “book keepers” we are book sharers, we will pass it on!

  • http://twitter.com/gnewman123 GN

    In 3rd grade my class learned how to write haiku poems. My haiku went like this:

    “I will save, save, save
    Until I live in a cave,
    Oh yes, I will save.”

    I honestly think my philosophy about money as a 3rd grader is smarter than my philosophy about money now as a broke 23-year-old graduate student who is about to begin law school.

    As a Christian, I strongly desire for God to change my heart and help me figure out how to properly view and handle the money he gives to me, especially since I’ll be a lawyer in three years, and I would greatly benefit from Pastor Jamie’s book. I live in the Midwest but I weekly subscribe to the Mars Hill podcast and have heard about their successful financial stewardship as a church and for the members of its congregation.

    Thank you very much for your consideration!

  • zgporter

    Just finished “Radical” by Platt. I would love to give thins a read. Thanks for the opportunity to get it for free.

  • SKINNYDMR

    It feels like I’m asking people to give to me personally because the money supports my family…yet I’m wanting them to support the mission of reaching the lost…mostly Im looking to help my mind and heart bring these two issues together in a real way that isn’t sham/health wealth crap view

  • http://twitter.com/timothybitz Timothy Bitz

    Why do I want a copy of this book? It’s quite simple really. I’m a 24 year old man that handles money poorly. It’s really sad, too. Especially for one that aspires to have a family and to serve in ministry. I’m commanded to, not just in regards with ministry, but in my everyday life, handle money well; as a way to show that it’s Jesus that is my treasure…not my money. Unfortunately, there are too few men in my life that have displayed this in my life. Help a guy out?

  • http://www.lifeasexperienced.com Sethcaddell

    Money is a huge issue in the church. As a pastor I think this book would be super helpful to be able to read and then pass along to someone in the church. Good Godly money books are always good to have incase someone needs it.

  • http://twitter.com/jcarlnelson Joel Nelson

    Its my belief that if people get money right, they have a pretty good chance at getting life right. I agree with Jamie that it seems like money is one of the last areas of a Christian’s life to conform to Christ. Money is a powerful, powerful god.

    I’m a Certified Financial Planner, and for 2011 I’m praying for ways to build authentic Christianity into my practice. This book could be a great tool for helping my clients put money in its place, and God in His rightful place

  • Dan

    I’ve been looking forward to this book since hearing about it on MarsHill podcast. As a pastor of a church plant I’m looking forward to reading it and hopefully incorporating it into a small group rollout in 2011.

  • http://www.jimjosef.com Jim Josef

    I would like the book because our church has money issues. Period. Oh and So do I…I think it would be a tremendous blessing to receive something for free and plus, I never won an internet contest. Thanks! :)

  • Adbaston07

    I am about to graduate college and would really like to have a plan for giving and spending wisely.

  • alan

    I think the book could be extremely helpful for my congregation, that is been especially hit hard by the down economy. I could use helpful insight in teaching and equipping my people in this area.

  • Hunter

    There are several reasons that I want the book:

    1. I’m a college student. We are notorious for wasting money, and this book would help me, both now and as I start my journey in life in a few years.

    2. I don’t want to commit the mistakes of my parents generation. Both personally and on a community standpoint, this would enable me to not only take care of my finances, but also on helping my fellow peers.

    3. This seems like a great book. I hope it’ll help me in life, both practically and in viewing God in a bigger perspective, enabling me to worship him better.

    4. I promise to read it!!!

    • Hunter

      Name should be “Hunter Threadgill.”

  • http://twitter.com/karlfisher karl fisher

    I’d love to read Pastor Jamie’s book. My wife & I started a small business four months ago, and are being as diligent as we can with both our personal & business finances. We would definitely appreciate as much help as we can get!

  • Daniel Garcia

    We are in the middle of planting a church and this would be so helpful both for the leaders as well as the congregation…

  • Matthew

    I’d love to read this book to first, become more insightful on money and its relationship to the Bible. I want to be financially successful while steering away from being any sort of glutton. I’m interested about how much control and influence money actually has over me and I think that this book would help clarify some of that.

  • Eunice Soto

    I would like this book beacause I think it would make a great gift for Christmas! I have been blessed to be a stay at home mommy and wife. As the virtouse woman I would like to be for my hubby, i would like to have this book to read as a couple. We are youth pastors and are church planters as well. We would love to have updated material to help those around us as well.
    Pick us! Plus…have I mentioned that we are some darn good looking people? :) God made us in his image and we are mighty fine folks!! :)
    great book+good looking people of God= best seller!!
    Pick us!!!

  • alan

    I mention to mention, I’m a pastor; so it make sense when I speak of equipping my congregation

  • Matthewkiley

    I have heard Pastor Mark raving about this book. We felt God calling us to have my wife stay at home with my 2 and 3 year old kids. I am an elementary teacher and now that we are living just my salary we need all the help we can get in saving, spending and stewarding wisely and in a way that honors God. I really think that this book is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

  • http://cleanearsreview.com/ Dante

    My family has always been horrendous money spenders. As of very recently, we are trying to turn that trend off for good. But guidance in a Godly manner would definitely be an asset for us (or at least to me because I know I’ll read it). God bless you Pastor Munson! I heard about this book after I watched a video podcast on “The Rich Fool” and heard you speak about about it before the sermon. Seemed very interesting and awesome.

  • Renee’

    I’d love to get a copy of this book for my husband. For Christmas this year we are only giving each other one thing- we are taking Dave Ramsey’s class. Finances are an area we are trying to grow in, in our own personal lives but also because we are currently raising support to go as church planters to Cape Verde, Africa. Mike is a reader, I can guarantee he would devour this book! (I would read it as well but it is mainly for his resources)
    Whether you pick him or not, just wanted to say we really appreciate MH’s ministry and all the resources you make avaliable! They have been such a blessing to us.

  • http://thatselbert.wordpress.com/ thatselbert

    Over the last year or so, God has been making changes in the way our family handles our finances. A lot of things I’ve learned have been tried and tested, and they were found lacking. I think a book like this would provide a very different perspective than some I have received before. I am also attempting to learn much on the subject as I realize that in the future there will be a need for some sound Biblical teaching and understanding on how to handle money.

  • Ddoraisingh

    Our church is just two years old. It began in a movie theater in Annapolis MD. We have 60 to 90 people attending. We still depend heavily upon the denominational church planting funds and would like to use the teachings of this book to reduce that dependence.
    David Doraisingh

  • Laterrius Johnson

    I would love a copy for my family. We are currently in the process of fixing the mess that we have made with our finances. We both group up and church and were “guilted into giving. But we have a heart to really give. We want God to be the ruler of our finances and not us!

  • http://www.thattalldude.com Shawn K

    I struggle with money. I’ve made some big mistakes in the past and continue to fight against them today as I try to right many wrongs. A good Bible based book to help enlighten me and guide me could be a great asset.

  • Lavanderburg

    I’d love to get a copy of this! My husband and I are future church planters and I fear my compulsion to spend will hinder our efforts. He’s a lot better at looking at money in terms of the gospel than me! I’m a baby at financial stewardship. So help me please :)

  • Anonymous

    Please, please, send me this book so I do not have to ask my church for money to buy it.

    I really do not want to have to set a poster up in church with a book silhouette showing the colored in level of funds raised.

    With it being winter I do not think I could wash many more cars.

    I can not bake any cakes to sell, since so much free fruitcake (I think it is the same one) is going around this time of the year.

    Selling church bonds are out of the question considering the instability of the stock market.

    Might could try bingo to raise the money for the book, but I think the metal cage ball is being used for the childrens church hamster.

    Cant really do a raffle tree, since the angel tree is taking its place now.

    And I think I have run out of deacons to ask to borrow money from. (could elect some more temporarily, but would probably be frowned on)

    So please, I really need to get this free book from you.

    p.s. Please do not tell my church if you are giving me this book free, in case I need to sell it to some one to raise more money in church after I read it. :)

  • http://www.calledtoperu.org Shaun Wissmann

    How do I write these kind of things without sounding like I am begging?

    My wife and I are currently missionaries in Lima, Peru. One of the biggest issues I have seen many leaders struggle with is talking to the church about finances; that is both in America and in Peru. I am young, and have limited experience… so I am struggling with my approach in explanation. In theory my thoughts are very simplified. Talk about it. Be honest. Explain the biblical significance and heart behind finances and giving.

    Unfortunately I lack time; meaning, I am young and I don’t have a church so there is really no tree to bare fruits. I would love to see how you approached things. I think it will help to have some ideas that really push these leaders into realizing how many blessings they are stealing by not talking about biblical giving and finances.

    The good thing is, no matter who gets the book, a hundred people are going to be blessed, spread the word, and keep the spark going. (I like that you wrote a book on money, and it is only $5. Too many people are writing books about how God saves people from financial issues and they charge an arm and a leg for their advice).

    Thanks and Blessings (in a non-cliche way).

  • Jay P.

    I would read the book because as a young adult, pastor, and leader I need all the financial advice I can get. My wife and I just read financial peace university and now its time to bring on Jamie. Mars Hill is an amazing church and I would love to glean from Jamie’s wisdom and research.

  • Ruth C.

    I’m currently a senior at an Ivy-league institution where money, along with success and career, has an extremely devout following. I’m about to graduate and, by God’s grace, will be working pretty soon. I hope to be able to read this book so I can learn how to be wise as a serpent and innocent as a dove when it comes to money.

    My parents have always taught us that money is a gift from God. As kids, we used to ask how much money our parents gave, to which they replied, “Honestly, if we didn’t give our money back to God we don’t know how much money we would have. If we aren’t faithful in what He’s given, why should He give us more?”
    I hope to cultivate a heart of stewardship in that way and also receive essential spiritual/practical guidance. A worry of my parents is that, though they are proud that we kids don’t idolize money, we will have to learn for ourselves how difficult it is to work for it and manage it well. It’s hard sometimes to really get a handle on how the Bible commands us to deal with these issues.

    =D Just glad there’s a book out there to help us tackle the heart issues! If I don’t receive a free one, I’ll probably hint at my siblings to buy me one for Christmas. haha

    -Ruth C.

  • Jhsparlin

    Whether you give me a free copy or not I’m reading this book. Obviously I’d like to save the $5, but that’s still a worthwhile investment to understand more about such an important topic and one that I’m often afraid to address in my leadership.

  • Adam Parker

    Looks like a solid book! Looking forward to reading it, :)

  • Johnanderson

    Teaching at church and so many books on this subject are outdated

  • Aaron Matthews

    I would like this book because I am a newly called senior pastor (May 2010). I am using my seminary training, as well as the past few years of ministry experience working as a student pastor, but I can use all the help I can get. I’d really like to teach the congregation God has called me to shepherd about giving. Our giving has been down and I don’t want to use the same old cliches mentioned in the Skype video above (namely guilt or gimmicks). I do, however, want to address this topic soon. I’d love to read this book! Thank you.

  • Gamaliel Rios

    I need this book, I’m a newlywed trying to start a family, but economy & attitudes are not helping, honest to God I don’t even have the $5 + Shipping for the amazon buy, so more than anything I need this, honest comment.

    – G.

  • Gamaliel Rios

    I need this book, I’m a newlywed trying to start a family, but economy & attitudes are not helping, honest to God I don’t even have the $5 + Shipping for the amazon buy, so more than anything I need this, honest comment.

    – G.

  • TJ Winters

    I’d like to read the book with my wife so we can get on the same page financially.

  • http://twitter.com/wlauderb Wes Lauderback

    My wife & I went through the Crown Financial course a number of years ago & did pretty well for a while, but we have slipped slowly back into old routines. We know that what we have been given is only by God’s good pleasure, but knowing & applying that knowledge are 2 very different things.

  • Chriss

    I am a pastor of the big non demoninational denomination as Pastor Mark puts it, and I love to recieve input from mayn good sources outside our bubble.
    But I also need to confess that it’s teh topic I really struggle the most teaching about, but do I have a choice? no, so I’m out to find good ways to bring it across…
    So yes I’d love to have a book, if not for free, than I need to buy it, as a poor over sees Pastor…
    Thanx guys…

  • http://twitter.com/ktisallred Katie Allred

    I’m a college student. I’m trying to learn the right way to steward my money that God has given me. I would love to read this book and use it as a guide as I start off my “real” life.

  • http://jimkane.wordpress.com/ Jim Kane

    A timely post, Mike. I have recently finished a stewardship series in preparation for a new capital fund campaign that we have now launched at our church. I spoke about money as part of stewardship (actually I called the whole process a Generosity Campaign) but tended to be global about stewardship only linking it to money in the last two weeks. I would like to have a copy of the book (that I would review and post on my blog for others to review) so that I have some fresh and younger thinking on the topic and to continue to help the congregation be generous with not just their money but their time and talents that God has given them.

  • http://jimkane.wordpress.com/ Jim Kane

    A timely post, Mike. I have recently finished a stewardship series in preparation for a new capital fund campaign that we have now launched at our church. I spoke about money as part of stewardship (actually I called the whole process a Generosity Campaign) but tended to be global about stewardship only linking it to money in the last two weeks. I would like to have a copy of the book (that I would review and post on my blog for others to review) so that I have some fresh and younger thinking on the topic and to continue to help the congregation be generous with not just their money but their time and talents that God has given them.

  • Sara

    I manage the finances for my family, and have seen God do great work in my heart over the past few years as I’ve sought to be faithful in stewarding the money he’s blessed us with. However, I recognize that I have a lot to learn, and want to continue pursuing faithfulness in this area. So here are 5 reasons you should send me this book, pretty please.
    1. I’ll read it, cover to cover.
    2. My family is moving to a much more expensive city in 4 months, and we need wise counsel as we reevaluate our budget.
    3. 10 years ago, I was overdrawing my bank account and my concept of a budget was running out of money. God has brought me a long way, and now I’m passionate about helping others learn to budget and steward resources faithfully. I’d love a tool to help me teach that well.
    4. I’ll give it away to someone else to read when I’m done reading it. (That’s like giving away 2 books for the price of 1!)
    5. I said pretty please.

  • http://twitter.com/Kevindbanks Kevin Banks

    I have tried my way for years. I think Jamie Munson has laid out an easy to follw plan of God’s way and I am ready. Someone, and I do not know who, said when the teacher appears, the student is ready. Jamie has appeared to this student and I am ready.

  • Amy W.

    Confession: I am a compulsive budget-er. (Yes, I have the upgraded iPhone app), and depending on the day, I either view money as a blessing or a curse. (On payday, it’s a blessing, on tuition due day – it’s a curse :)).

    I am an undergraduate student in Global Business and soon to start my MBA. I believe that business and mission can be used hand in hand and I’m confident of my calling to do so. Though I have a decent income and savings for a college student, I budget so tightly that I rarely feel comfortable about spending “extra” (yeah, I deleted the ‘miscellaneous’ category from said hallowed budget,) and even giving beyond the obligatory 10% (I have that tithing sermon memorized by now. :))

    I recognize my need for a more balanced perspective of stewardship, and that’s why I want this book.

  • a_veek

    I would love a copy of this book. My career has been in finance – I work in an accounting group for a large corporation, I serve on the finance committee in my church, I have a Finance degree – but I sometimes think my thinking could be skewed, and I’m looking for solid, Biblical instruction with regards to money. Thanks for the opportunity to try to get a copy.

  • Adam Blakely

    I want a copy of this book to read and enjoy and bolster my theology on money and giving. I want to pass on the scriptural reasons for giving – not begrudgingly, but joyfully. As a CPA, I’m always around money and talking about money, and it’s easy for me to fall back into the lies of Satan that I need more of it. This book will help me (by the grace of God and power of the holy spirit) to fight against the American dream that I’m always around. Also, as a church leader, it’s important that I lead by example. I want the truths of scripture to permeate all that I do, and this is an area I struggle with. I know this book isn’t the answer to my problems, but I believe it’s a grace-filled stepping stone towards a better understanding of money and giving.

  • http://twitter.com/begrudger Scott Kelley

    I am always looking for new ways to broach the subject of money with my friends (believer or not) and family. I am constantly on the look out for new insight that I can share with them. I have found money “issues” are more easily discussed when you are sharing someone eleses ideas, rather than your own. Having the book “Money: God or Gift” would definitley add to my repertoire in these future discussions.

  • Jkportis

    Until we got a handle on our finances, my wife and I were constantly at war with eachother where money was concerned. Finances are the leading cause of divorce in America. We are not wealthy and often live paycheck to paycheck, but giving control to God and trusting Him to meet all of our needs including financial has made all the difference. I am now able to be a better teacher, father, husband and son because we have begun to steward God’s resources more appropriately.

    Now Tiffany and I try to share our experiences with others and help them to get a handle on their finances as well. We lead the young adult ministry at our church and are always looking for fresh, new material to teach from.

  • http://robbystewart.com bobstu

    i think a lot of pastors don’t want to offend people by talking about money and possessions. it is important and Jesus talked about it quite a bit. i look forward to reading this book and writing a review on it with my thoughts and reflections.

  • Dtglockle

    I’d like a free copy of the book so when I’m done reading it I can spend the $5 I saved taking someone out for coffee and giving them a free copy of a good book on money I just read.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AEGW2KRP76TOPW6LPFNRCSFT7U Justin

    I would like a copy of this book, because I have been struggling with handling my money the right way. I want to serve God all I can. And I hope to learn some more tips and ideas so that I can save and steward the money God has blessed me with, faithfully.

  • Scott

    I am an aspiring financial counselor/advisor and I want to be able to lead my clients with a Biblical view of money. I think this book would be helpful to establish a firmer foundation on which I stand and will run my business, as well as be a resource to give to my clients.

  • Dave_meyers

    Thanks Michael for your excellent posts. I serve in a large non-profit parachurch mission. Your posts have been very helpful. I especially like this one as I teach seminars and courses in the area of fund development for new cross cultural workers. There is so many wrong perceptions and beliefs about money and ministry so I look forward to reading the book. Thank you.

  • Jackeyer

    Enjoy reviewing the book as a frequent blogger and speaker on the subject of stewardship. In my local church we are looking to buildout a comprehensive stewardship program for the congregation. Gaining insights from Mars Hill would be both respected and welcomed. Thanks for the consideration…

  • Preachinwildman

    I would appreciate a copy of the book because like all people money is an issue I struggle with, personally and as a pastor. I struggle with making sure I (my family) am being a good steward, that I teach my children an appropriate view of money, and that I maintain the correct view myself (that it is God’s and I am just the treasure of what I’ve got).

    As a young pastor who is trying to gain a better understanding of money personally it makes it even harder to know how to teach. Anything that could help me in my personal life, will be greatly values in my pastoral duties.

    Plus who doesn’t enjoy a good free book.

    Blessings.

  • Carltontp3

    Why me? Graduating from seminary in two weeks, broke, trying to broaden my library from credible guys that God is using, raised in a traditional church that taught bad things happen to people who don’t give, so I’m constantly wrestling with a biblical worldview on giving as it relates to my spiritual walk. Did I mention that I was broke?

  • Pastortj

    There is a significant likelihood that I will be planting a new church next year. I know that setting a good foundation in regards to money is crucial for us to effectively launch large and reach the lost for Christ. We will change the world for Christ and handle money in a way that honors God. This book will help.

  • Pastortj

    There is a significant likelihood that I will be planting a new church next year. I know that setting a good foundation in regards to money is crucial for us to effectively launch large and reach the lost for Christ. We will change the world for Christ and handle money in a way that honors God. This book will help.

  • corey

    I would be very blessed with this book as I am a new adult who is very passionate about the message of the cross. I am hoping to be a pastor someday and this book could be a great tool for helping me to do things the biblical way.

  • corey

    I would be very blessed with this book as I am a new adult who is very passionate about the message of the cross. I am hoping to be a pastor someday and this book could be a great tool for helping me to do things the biblical way.

  • Dan Sczebel

    Would love to get a copy of Jamie’s book to use in our devotional time at our business prayer times every Wed morning!

    Dan

  • Dan Sczebel

    Would love to get a copy of Jamie’s book to use in our devotional time at our business prayer times every Wed morning!

    Dan

  • Carltontp3

    Why me? Graduating from Seminary in two weeks, broke, trying to grow my library from credible guys that God is using, grew up in a church that taught bad things happen to people who don’t give, so I am constantly wrestling with my biblical worldview on giving as it relates to my spiritual walk with Christ, and did I mention that I am broke…….

  • Roelof Buitendag

    I would love a copy of this book to keep learning how to use money to worship Jesus and support my family well.
    Sending this book out to Ausby any chance? :)

    God bless!

  • Rick

    The book is so necessary for my family personally and as I lead as apstor.

  • DanH

    I’m from a household where we make ends meet by God’s grace continually. Nonetheless, even with not having a lot of actual money (at least by most American standards), it seems to be something we focus on way too much. While maybe not quite an idol, we have a hard time releasing it to do the work it’s supposed to do.

  • Charles Hutchinson

    My wife and I started tithing faithfully about two years ago. We also generously give on top of our tithe. I read everything I can on money and giving in hopes of finding a way to motivate others to give and tithe. It is my hope that this book may contain something about the “heart condition” of giving that I might share with others as well as recommend it to others. Tithing and giving has revolutionized our lives and we want others to experience the same.

  • Shellylovespiano

    Please consider including me in the 100 people to whom you send Jamie Munson’s book “Money: God or Gift”. I appreciated his comment in your video that money seems to be one of the last things Christians give over to God. I have been a Christian for many years and have struggled with handling money properly all this time. I want to be faithful to God in everything….holding nothing back.

    Plus, I’m a huge fan of Mars Hill and the practial way they teach and apply biblical principles. I believe this book will help those who read it to put money in it’s proper place: not as a god but used to worship our great God. Frankly, I will most likely buy the book myself but wouldn’t it be fun to win it?!

  • Eckman C

    I have several (okay more than several) non-Christian, pagan, atheist, agnostic people around the world I know. One of the hardest things is talk about Christianity and money because they believe that most religions, especially Christianity, are scams, that pastors oblige people into tithing just so they can get rich. This book will hopefully help me explain that we (Christians) give because we want to and not because we are forced to – that God is generous with us and so we should be generous with others – that God is Lord over everything and what He gives us should be stewarded wisely, investing into projects and helping people – that money is not our idol and security rather God is and so we don’t hoard it for ourselves. That is the mindset that this book will hopefully help me explain to my non-Christian friends around that world.

  • David

    i’m young and dumb.. i don’t wanna go into debt :,( . more importantly, i want to glorify God with my money. however, i don’t know where to start… a book giveaway about money explained biblically? yes, please! choose me! choose me! : D

  • Remarkable Peace

    Hi Michael and Jamie,

    I can’t think of any creative reasons, just some that I think are good. I live in China, my sixth year now (I’m from the States). I’m currently studying Chinese language and working on an MA in Chinese Philosophy in one of China’s top three universities for philosophy. My ‘unofficial’ work is among the most materialistic people on the planet. Many of them literally live for money and more money, and will do anything for it (including lie, cheat and steal, and put nasty things in your milk or toothpaste to turn a buck). I’d love to receive a free copy of the book, in hopes of using its influence in my own life to transform others as well.

    And, do you have any plans to get it translated into Chinese and extend it’s reach, especially among the movers and shakers of society, the educated upper classes of the largest nation on earth, and arguably, working hard to become the most influential?

    What d’ya think?

    – Remarkable Peace

  • http://www.japanmissionproject.com Japan Mission Project

    As a brand new husband, missionary and up and coming church planter in Japan, I could see many great benefits off the wisdom imparted in this book.

    As a new husband there are many reasons for me to have a biblical understanding of how my family should manage our finances and be responsible with what God has given us.

    As a new church planter, money is definitely a topic that will come up in more than one instance. As we gather a core group of believers we will have to decide as leaders how to responsibly and rightly handle the churches money in a way that is right and pleasing to God.

    And as a missionary in Japan, where the culture at large worships money through materialism, gambling, and by misunderstanding it’s purpose. This book would prove helpful to anyone here wanting to gain a biblical understanding of money and help me to examine the culture and its view on money compared to the biblical view.

  • http://twitter.com/andrew_acker Andrew Acker

    The truth is, it’s not just church leaders that don’t talk about money in a health way…very few people at all do! No high school (at least in California) has a personal finance class, and often times parents aren’t always the best example for stuends. This book can be a great guide to use in youth groups and with college students as they transition into a new stage of their life. The book sounds like a blend of Rich Dad Poor Dad and Total Money Makeover and I think it would be a great book to learn from, as well as teach from.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ERNFNCBB3WXKHBWQFUW65BQI2M Deon

    Well, I am part of a team that is not to clear on the subject of money. Some of us are wanting to lower our standards to meet more needs in our culture while some of us are comfortable in the idea that God gives us money to steward and enjoy.

    It seems sometimes that most of our decision making is based on our financial position and not on our ability to rely on God.

    I am keen to read this book because I think we might be dealing with this very issue (YOUR TITLE HERE)!

  • Ryan

    I would love a book. I am a new father of twin girls who were born 10 weeks premature. They are now 7-month old miracles (born 2lbs. 10oz. – now growing healthy and strong), through whom God has displayed His undeserved grace. I work 3 jobs right now, and I would rather spend the money I make on their food than a book for daddy. With that said, I am really interested in reading the book and would be stoked if I was one of the chosen:) Thanks for the video, and the time you put into the site!
    Ryan

  • Chris

    Hi,
    Just writing to say thanks for the video and the article which reinforces what i guess a lot of Christians have been suspecting for a while- that they are commanded to do more, for duty and love in Gods name. And I have to say I am in the same boat where the topic is not touched in my church- being a Presbyterian ministry there is a sort of unspoken pressure/guilt on the topic which makes it hard to be joyful in giving or ask about it! Even in daily life I feel blessed beyond words to have been saved (I’m 28 and was a non believer for 25 years!) from depression and alcohol abuse and a perceived need to be popular and a party goer but while i trust in God now for my strength and happiness i still constantly wondering if I am doing enough for independent charities and giving. My lifestyle got me into debt and I’m working my way out of it through being blessed with a steady (at least i hope so) job but i would love a chance to be able to find out more on a topic that I struggle to understand daily and would greatly appreciate a copy from one of the amazing MH pastors! Hoping i can get the rest of our older youth into it too- tried finding it in Dymocks books today but they dont sell it :-( Love the work and praise Him!

  • Doug Black

    Such an important topic for Christians! Thank you!

  • Jason Procopio

    I’d like to read this book because I’m an American living and working in a church in France, where money is as big a taboo subject as sexuality is in the U.S. The French are famously worrisome, and this worry translates into very meagerly giving on the part of our congregation. (The entire church is supported by a very small percent of the families.) As I’m a student in seminary hoping to be a pastor one day, I’d love to learn more about how to teach on this subject in a healthy and faithful way, and eventually begin to chip away at the rock-solid taboo that still exists amongst my fellow Christians here in France.

  • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

    I love Financial Peace program by Dave Ramsey; I’m currently going through the work book with my wife. But one of my concerns is that it is not as “theologically robust” as it could be (to use Jamie’s term).

    Shoot me a copy of Jamie’s book and I’ll write a blog post on what changes in our financial perspective when Christians embrace a financial strategy rooted and driven by scripture verses sound financial advice. I think it could be controversial—i.e., a great post.

  • http://nathanharbottle.blogspot.com Nathan H

    My wife and I are really focused on ridding ourselves of our debt. We see the importance of owing no one anything. I also realize that much can be done when you don’t have the burdens of debt over your head. We tithe from our earnings, but it is a struggle to give what we really want to give. I would love to have this book to help us ourselves, but to also help our church understand the importance of giving more than we do. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Eades1324

    Money: God or Gift Haiku

    Not good with money
    Can use all the help I get
    Free book’s a great start!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for pointing this book out. I’d like a copy because our congregation is struggling to meet expenses. My husband is Treasurer and the church’s financial stress is nearly as impactful as our personal finances have been during the recession. We have a wonderful congregation of 168 family units. But only 10% give to the church and many of those givers are giving under $500/yr. The trustees are searching for ways to stimulate giving so we can continue to add more programs that attract new members. We’ll take all the ideas we can get.

  • http://twitter.com/Juanbg Juan

    Hi Mike,
    – Most people have bad feelings about money, the fact of the matter is that “Money is like Air, We do not know how important it is until we do not have it”. God wants us to live good, to do better, so we give more. How can I help somebody if I cannot even help myself?
    – I think the Church Leaders have to address the main problem that is destroying families in America, the financial problems. To teach in practical terms how should families manage their finances, more important the fact that God wants us to do good in life.
    -To me is also about responsibility, I just read this morning a Reuters Article, our Middle Class needs at least $300K, but the average has $20K and people older than 50, have only $29k saved up, the majority rely on our Social Security.
    – The solution is simply – live below our means and pay yourself first. If you are married, this has to be a family plan. I cannot comprenhend why people use their credit card to buy gifts, presents, or even to pay for vacations – where is our moral and civil responsibility?
    For example – most of my coworkers have financial problems, they lost a house, they live paycheck to paychek, they are maxed out on their credit cards, etc…How come? People live lives of quiet desperation!
    This book will help me greatly to expand on my knowledge about finances, but more important to learn how to teach others.

  • http://www.carl-king.blogspot.com Carl E King

    Thanks for the consideration!

    This is a subject we must teach our congregation more. I am a new pastor of a fledgling church plant and this is crucial to the understanding of many Christians coming our way.

  • Cody Buriff

    I am a missionary on college campuses with a well known organization. My wife and I have been discussing how to use our money well, and reading your book would help us to see what scripture has to say about it. Also- as I am discipling young men, it would be a valuable resource. I could envision the possibility of our small groups going through it with the bible. We want our students to graduate living a Christ centered lifestyle, and how they view their resources is directly linked to that.

    Please send me a copy of your book! Thanks!

  • Ray

    I would like a copy of this book to help me teach our congregation about a proper view of money and possessions. I pastor a mainline congregation where the less said about stewardship and money the better. With God’s help I am praying that the Holy Spirit will touch the hearts of those who struggle to see money as a gift from the Lord. Thanks
    Ray

  • Travis Wyckoff

    Follow the Resurgence web site closely. Saw your book and thought is sounded intriguing but did not put much thought to it. My family is going through some financial tension right now so finaces have been on the fore front of my mind. Then was listending to a teaching time (not a Sunday sermon) by Matt Chandler at The Village about money and he mentioned your book. Then this morning checked Mark Driscoll’s twitter and saw “Free Book” and was all over it. If I dont win, I will be buying soon. Thanks- Travis Wyckoff

  • http://twitter.com/AndreaAresca Andrea Aresca

    In all my church life (that is… my all life, since I was born in a christian family) I just remember ONE sermon on money. So I perfectly agree whit one of the reason this book was written.
    I would like to read it for my personal use and for extablishing the biblical foundations for financial issue in my young family.
    Then I would like to read it to get the wisdom and insight to effectively preach this theme in the small rural congregation where I serve as a preacher.

  • Marcus Hackler

    I’m very excited to read Jamie’s book – I’ve been on staff at a larger sized church for over 4 years and in my current role as the creative arts director, I’m asked to come up with creative and interesting ways to support the preaching of the word. We talk about giving during our offering times and I’m looking forward to learning how to better communicate biblical principles on money and stewardship during these opportunities. I think this will be a great resource!

  • http://joeburnham.com joeburnham

    I just started in a senior pastor role at a “new-to-me” congregation. One of the ministries at the church is Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University.” While I’m not completely familiar with Dave’s stuff, I find myself uneasy about the “build wealth” side of “pay off debt and build wealth” tagline. I don’t know exactly what he means by it, but on the surface, it doesn’t sound in line with the interests of Jesus when it comes to money. As I learn more about Dave’s program, I’d very much like to compare it to what others are saying on the issue of money (thus my request for Jamie’s book) so I’m better equipped for pastoral leadership and care in my new congregation.

  • http://twitter.com/mollysmommy2006 Debbi Cole

    Our Pastor is fairly new at our church and I would love to present him with a gift of this book (after I have read it, of course!) He has done so much to inspire us and lead us to what it means to really have faith and live our lives for God. The last 2 years have been the most difficult for me after getting divorced and being a single parent to a small child, I have faced many struggles. My pastor has been instrumental in guiding me in the right direction! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • http://twitter.com/jordannisly Jordan Nisly

    As a missionary raising support to go to the Philippines, this very subject of challenging Christians about their money and giving is a large part of my ministry. Any way that I can grow in my understanding of the biblical principles of giving and how better to discuss it in a church setting would be incredibly beneficial. My heart is to see believers join me in passionately striving to see the Gospel go out into the world through any sacrifice necessary.

  • Harvey Crook

    Whilst not questioning our church member’s commitment, it is difficult to not always use the, “don’t rob from God” verses when teaching on monetary matters. We have a big vision to transform our community, but need further finances to continue along the path God is leading us. I look forward to reading the thoughts and ideas of someone who has walked this path before!

  • http://twitter.com/kevinfiske Kevin Fiske

    I WOULD BE EXTREMELY THANKFUL FOR A COPY OF JAMIE’S BOOK!!!

    My wife and I were recently married in June of this year. I’m thankful for my education which is aiding me in full-time vocational ministry, but I have quite the pile of school loans. My wife is working more than part-time, while pursuing a nursing degree full-time. Finances are extremely tight, and neither of us have ever been a model-to-be-followed when it comes to budgets and financial spending/stewardship. Finances are only one of the stresses that have hit us early on in marriage.

    We do believe in the Lord’s faithfulness to provide what we truly need. I, as a husband, desire to grow in wisdom in the handling of the finances God has entrusted to us. I believe the insight and wisdom in Jamie’s book would be extremely beneficial to our growth in this season.

    Thanks so much for the generosity in this giveaway!

    Merry Christmas!

  • Lauren (soon-to-be-not) Shafer

    I’d like a copy of this book because I’m getting married in 4 weeks. I think it would be a good book for us to read as we set up the finances in our marriage. It’d be much better to do it right on the front end than stumble around making mistakes that need to be fixed later…

  • Joseph D Bridges

    My name is Joseph. I recently lost my job and am working out a new budget for this season of life in order to use my savings wisely as I go back on the job hunt. I think this book would help give me a good grid work for why I ought to view my money the way God views it, and not however I see fit.

  • Deacondwk

    I would like a copy of this book to read. I am an elder in our local church and I am always looking for good quality books to share with our leadership team and the attenders in our church. In Michigan we are currently experiencing a downturn in the economy. May be it would be an encouragement to those experiencing financial difficulties in our body. Thank you.

  • http://magnapolar.wordpress.com Patrick G Grady

    I think there are three primary difficulties that pastors face when it comes to dealing with money inside the sanctuary:

    First, the reaction of the congregation is important. In a nation where less than 3% of evangelical Christians tithe, it’s painful to be on the receiving end of that criticism, no matter how gentle it comes from the pulpit.

    Second, pastors know this! And it can affect their own financial situation. If a pastor pokes the a congregation’s power brokers once too often in a sore spot (like their wallet), he could soon be seeking a new call.

    Finally, and perhaps most importantly, is what Jamie has highlighted – ignorance of God’s instruction about money and personal finance. There’s a good reason for the monumental number of scriptures about money, and it’s all best summed up by 1 Tim 6:9-10: “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

    I think it’s not just Christians who need this book, but secular America as well, in order to understand the nature of money and its place in our lives, as a tool for doing God’s good will. Because its NOT. MY. MONEY.

    As a frequent listener of Dave Ramsey, I am fond of this saying of his: “When We the People start taking care of We the People, the government will be rendered obsolete.”

  • http://twitter.com/AaronSellars Aaron Sellars

    I’ve had issues I’ve dealt with financially. In going through ministry coaching personally and beginning to coach others, this would be a perfect book to use as a discussion point for the financial end of coaching. I don’t think there are many good resources that are completely biblically based. I look forward to reading this book regardless if I win, but saving the money would be awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/PhilAuxier Phil Auxier

    What better way to emphasize money is a gift and not a god than bestowing this book upon me as a gift. Seriously, I would love to receive a copy, so thanks for your consideration.

  • H. Tsui

    “I love money” Mr. Krabs, boss of Spongebob Squarepants

  • http://twitter.com/revjdg Jonathan Griffiths

    Serving as a pastor in a local church, I’d love to read this book to help get a better perspective for my own family and to help those I serve.

  • http://twitter.com/catfishphil Philip Richardson

    Giving is a very difficult subject to tackle in the times that we are in. For difficult topics, I definitely seek the counsel of pastors that are wise, like Pastor Jamie. I have been a long time follower of Mars Hill and love hearing his thoughts and ideas on money concerning the spread of Jesus’ word. Great dude, and I think this book would benefit my abilities concerning :money talk” in my church.

  • mrben

    Wow. So many reasons. Firstly, my wife has just given up her (well paid) part time job to stay home, look after the kids, and be involved in ministry amongst the spiritual seeker community in our city. Handling our money well is going to be a bigger challenge than before.
    Secondly, I have 2 young kids, one of whom will reach “pocket money” age quite soon, and I’m hoping to find good advise on how to show them a Godly way of handing money.
    Thirdly, I’ve seen a lot of weird and wonderful teaching floating around as our church is quite charismatic. The teaching from the front has always been excellent and ‘sound’, but there are a load of other books kicking about that I have reservations over. It would be nice to have a book that I can recommend.

  • Timothy Stewart

    I’m planting a church in the suburbs…enough said. But really, I’m planning a series in 2011 on Money, and would love to read the book, and during the series give the book to small group leaders and individuals in the church. There is so much confusion on the issue, and from reading the sample chapter 3, it is a great resource for discipleship.

  • Roman

    Why do I want this book? Simple.

    I am a college student, who has no money right now. I might be getting my first job this next week (got an interview coming up), and if so, I’d like to build strong, biblical convictions about how a Christian ought to handle/steward money in a way that pleases God, before I am given money to steward.

    Even if I do not land this upcoming job, I know eventually I will be working a full time job. And when I do, I want to know how God desires me to use it. I believe this book would help me do just that. Why do parents teach their kids skills, values, and knowledge? So that when they get into the world, they don’t kill themselves, harm others, or fall into traps.
    It’s the same way with money. Better to teach someone how to steward money before they have it, so that when they have income, they know where to channel it.

    And yes, I will read this book :)

  • http://twitter.com/Takacs73 leif takacs

    I would like to get a copy of this book because our church just moved from one location suburbia to another location the big city. Are giving is way down but are serving has increased. I would like to dig deeper into the subject of money and the interview about was great and as well very helpful.

  • http://twitter.com/jeremycarlson jeremycarlson

    I would like this book becuase I believe money and the how it works with the church is a very valuable discussion.

  • Mozart Dixon

    Hello,

    There are two basic reason why I want this book…

    The first is, I know God has entrusted us with money and we need to be good stewards of it. Which means for me I need to get with the program and figure out what that looks like on an even deeper level when it comes to worshipping God with my finances.

    The second is, I currently do college ministry and those kids really need some help to figure out what it looks like to worship God in every aspect of life, including finances. So, I would be able to use this book as a tool to reproduce disciples of Christ who not only share the Gospel but also become good stewards of all their gifts from the Lord.

    And by the way, I promise to read this book.

    Thanks for all you to contribute to God’s Kingdom.

  • http://twitter.com/MattKottman Matt Kottman

    I would love to get this book. I pastor a young church plant in an area that is a materialistic suburb of London. As a pastor, I find teaching on money often difficult. I want to grow in this area that my church can grow in their giving so the Kingdom of God can grow in our community.

  • ChrisW80

    I am the missions director for a small church that is dreaming big dreams. I also currently sit on our stewardship/ finance commitee. Eventhough we are small, we have definitely made a big impact in our community. However, the age of the attending members is around 20s – 30s and a lot of them are college students and new “starter” families. I think this book would help by sharing the information with members of the church and other members of the stewardship commitee. In a time where lives are just begining it is important to have a good start and a good foundation. By the way it sounds this would be an excellent resource to add structually sound teaching toward that “foundation”.

  • ChrisW80

    I am the missions director for a small church that is dreaming big dreams. I also currently sit on our stewardship/ finance commitee. Eventhough we are small, we have definitely made a big impact in our community. However, the age of the attending members is around 20s – 30s and a lot of them are college students and new “starter” families. I think this book would help by sharing the information with members of the church and other members of the stewardship commitee. In a time where lives are just begining it is important to have a good start and a good foundation. By the way it sounds this would be an excellent resource to add structually sound teaching toward that “foundation”.

  • http://twitter.com/miah_duncan Jeremiah Duncan

    Thank you for your testimony and sharing about your own struggles with money. I am requesting a copy of this book because of my own struggles with money. Opposite of your seeking it, I have actually had an aversion to it. I have painstakingly avoided opportunities to earn more, opportunities to invest and opportunities to share. While growing up I developed a very poor understanding of what money is.

    I basically have 2 reasons for wanting to read this book: personal and professional.

    Personally, I was convicted about giving about 5 years ago and have made every attempt to be faithful in my giving. But now I make one-third less and have reached a difficult spot. I am faced with reexamining this conviction. I need a fuller meaning of what money is.

    Professionally, now I am a pastor and because of my own skewed views of money I have avoided talking about it, reading about it and teaching about it. I am being convicted of my own aversions.

    Simply put, I do not want to avoid the issue any longer.

  • Csalstrom79

    I am a young pastor who has been clawing out of a financial hole for years. It was brought on by medical issues but better stewardship could have really helped. I am not naturally good with money and now feel the burden of leading my family and others as well.

    It sounds like this book would provide some good foundations.

  • Rob Holliday

    I would love to have a copy of Jamie’s book. We’re so inundated with books to manage our money (2,351 by quick tally via Amazon.com search), but so few (if any?) have the Bible as their reference point. Our spending / saving / giving should be within the framework of Jesus and His call for our stewardship. as well as liberated by the freedom of the Gospel. It’s so hard to balance those things and really know what to do, I want to learn how, as John Piper has said, “to use money in such a way that it shows the world that money is not my treasure, Christ is”. Pinky swear promise to read it, repeatedly!

  • Chris Gandy

    I would love to have a copy of this book for our church. The reason being, money is one of the biggest issues I see in our culture today. It is one of the top reasons for divorce. It is talked about non-stop. The economy, jobs, get-rich-now schemes, money in politics, the stock market, etc. It is either loved and idolized, or rejected and viewed as something bad(sanctification through poverty). Without a biblical view on finances, and what God has given us to steward in each of these areas, money becomes a very dangerous thing used to exalt self in one form or another. I would love to have this book as a tool to use, to give a clear view on finances, and to glean and learn from myself. Thanks
    Chris Gandy

  • http://twitter.com/DrewPeterson2 Drew Peterson

    The pastor at my church that I am currently serving at does not talk about the issue of money. Him and I (the youth minister) have discussed this issue and why he avoids the subject of money within his sermons, and he feels that he doesn’t need to bring it up at all.

    As a youth minister, I struggle with how to bring up the subject of finances to my students. I feel that this book could provide with me with helpful insight and the right tool to be able to speak about money from a Biblical perspective. And I’d love to be able to share it with the pastor also!

  • Chris Gandy

    I tried to link to my Facebook account, but it would not let me. However, I did link the blog to my facebook page. Thanks.
    Chris Gandy

  • Stephanie

    I attend a church of just over 3000 operating on a budget of about 65% of what average churches that size have. Our church is very generous in giving to great causes that the leadership promotes (int’l and local missions, etc.), but not to the church itself. This was clearly addressed in a financial series the last three weeks. I would like to give this book to my pastor so that he can not only read it, but recommend it to church members, put it in the bookstore and perhaps offer it in the upcoming Financial Peace University class.

  • Goza78

    I would like a copy of the book for a couple of reasons. First, my wife and I have recently changed our lifestyle as she went from the primary breadwinner to working part time, allowing her to be home more with our 13 month old daughter and 8 months ago I entered into my first full time ministry position. We’re relearning how to budget and adjust our lifestyle so that we are good stewards of the resources God has blessed us with.

    Secondly, as a youth pastor, I feel as if teaching some solid biblical principles to youth should not be ignored or not taught simply because of they’re not out on their own and independant from their parents. Perhaps this would be a good resource to lean upon in teaching them principles on money.

    Thanks!

  • Emily

    I am a member of a church that chose to be debt-free in 1975 – the year before I was born. It’s amazing to be a part of something that states the complete opposite of the world’s mantra of “Credit is the backbone of the economy.” However, we’re in the middle of a building program right now, and I’m realizing how much my generation still has to learn about giving. I honestly don’t think many get the idea of “sacrificial giving” and just give when it’s convenient. I would love any resource that encourages biblical approaches to finances and giving in order to help inspire those with young families like me to stretch themselves (and trust God) a little more!

  • http://twitter.com/brianeritchie Brian Ritchie

    would like to read to teach concepts to my youth group as we are challenging them to give towards a few projects.

  • Duane Henry

    Hi. Not sure how creative this is, but a) the book isn’t available on Amazon.ca, and I am Canadian, and b) as a pastor who has gone without a salary in the last two months in order to ensure that we cover our 2010 budget commitments…I think I could use help in this area. Thanks and God bless!

  • http://charlesjaymeyer.blogspot.com/ Charles Meyer

    This would be a great book for me to read and than get some friends to do a small group on this. This is an important topic for many Christians, especially in the early stages of adult. I think it would be a great read for my friends, mostly 2o somethings, and what the role of money is in church and their lives.

    Money is one of the topics that needs to be address but is considered to taboo

  • Clay Burgess

    I would like a copy of this book because I am planning a sermon series on finances in late January.

  • Sean Richards

    Why I would love a copy of this book?

    Where do I begin…. I am a young Man who has a calling to make disciple who make disciples who make… also an inspiring Church Planter on a Mission to help rebuild genuine Disciples through real relationship and the areas of society that are in need of help in my location. MONEY seems to be one of the most foundational things we must learn to conquer in the West and any resource that will change my life thus change any lives that I disciple. I need more Jesus so that I can give more Jesus away in my own walk as an Elder, church planter and Kingdom Culture Maker. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Blessings,
    Sean Richards

  • matt pugh

    I would love to have this book so that I can (1) better teach high school age students more about how to glorify the Lord with their money. Students today understand less and less about finances, and it seems they care less and less about giving as a result. AND (2) better teach my kids about what the Bible says about money. My oldest (3 years old) is just starting to take an interest in money, and I am engaging in the process of discipling him about it. The book looks like it would be a great aid for that.

  • Kelly Turney

    Hey I would love this book to help me in my mentoring of some Christian college3 kids here in Omaha, NE. Money seems to always be hard for new ministers to figure out and deal with so any tools we can use to help out upcoming messengers ofthe gospel would be awesome.
    -thanks
    Kelly

  • Kelly Turney

    Hey I would love this book to help me in my mentoring of some Christian college3 kids here in Omaha, NE. Money seems to always be hard for new ministers to figure out and deal with so any tools we can use to help out upcoming messengers ofthe gospel would be awesome.
    -thanks
    Kelly

  • Kelly Turney

    Hey I would love this book to help me in my mentoring of some Christian college3 kids here in Omaha, NE. Money seems to always be hard for new ministers to figure out and deal with so any tools we can use to help out upcoming messengers ofthe gospel would be awesome.
    -thanks
    Kelly

  • Eric

    I would love to read this book, only problem is I’m a college kid who can’t afford to buy it. Which I find ironic, I can’t afford a book that will help me save money and spend it better. Recently started trying to grow up and get a handle on my finances (pay back interest on student loans, save money for a house/family, budget my money so that I can give generously), and would really like to gain some insight on how to do so better.

  • Quinton Gessner

    I am not a pastor leading a congregation, or a father providing for a family, but a student who started his first year of college this fall. As a young man growing in faith and desiring to worship God with every part of my life, I want to worship God with how I use money- not be a slave to money in how I live my life. I want to have wisdom in how I can do this, so I try to take every opportunity I can to receive teaching and direction to live with wise stewardship of what God places in my life. I come from a family that places a higher importance of being prosperous than I believe they ought to, and I believe that this has hindered me in understanding how I ought to deal with money faithfully. I recognize that the book that you have written is dealing with using money faithfully and I believe that teaching on the subject of money would be beneficial for me and cause me to consider how I can worship God more with every part of my life and faithfully consider how to use the things he gives me in this life.

  • http://stephenmcalpin.blospot.com Stephen Mcalpin

    As a seminary student preparing to be a pastor, I’d like to have the book so that I can (1) have a better understanding of how to manage my own finances and (2) teach others how to best manage their finances. Getting it free would be a huge help, considering that I’m trying to pay off loans for school!

  • http://twitter.com/peter__hamilton Peter Hamilton

    I am 23, a husband to a beautiful wife, father to 6 month old boy, full-time student(Business), and the sole bread winner for my family. I would love to read your book and get a better grasp on money, how it can/should be used for the glory of God. Even if I don’t win this book, I have it listed in my Amazon wish-list and hope to purchase it soon!

  • Esther Feng

    As a Field Leader for MOPS International, a part of my volunteer position is to take an offering for MOPS each time I hold an event. I have often struggled with the feeling like a used car salesman when taking the offering. Like Jaime said, I don’t want to guilt or gimmick anyone into giving, but I DO want to make it a worshipful experience. I’d love to read Jaime’s perspective on this topic of money and giving.

  • Jnavarro

    I don´t know if I´ll be in those 100 that obtain a copy of your book. I´m a Director of Hispanic Ministries for an Evangelical Free Church located in Bear DE. Working with people who work all day, 6 sometimes 7 days a week, I have to know how to be able to go about the issue of giving without it seeming that the church just wants money. This is my first year in this position, this is the first year the church is working with Hispanic people. I need all the help I can get. Thank you for your time.

  • Brian Williams

    I think greed is the hardest issue pin down on in our hearts (and from the pulpit). I know in my own life it is something I have struggled with, but in the NT it seems like the standard is hard to pin down…sure I might give 10% of my money, but did I do it for the right motivations?…and then Jesus says things like “throw a banquet for the poor” (Luke 14) or just straight out sell my posessions…and how do you deal with greed from the pulpit? no one believes they are greedy (it’s so easy to rationalize it away). I think these are questions that the Church needs to sort out, and they will have a huge impact on how we are seen by the world

  • John Costa

    I believe this book can add to my life in two focuses: in my personal life, expanding my understanding of dealing with money as something that is not mine, but a gift; in my church, as a tool for exercise the generosity of the community. In Brazil, the prosperity theology has spreading as a deadly virus, and we need Bible-centered resources to equip the saints. I’m planting a church in my city, and sometimes get embarrassed in teaching about finances. This week I talked with the director Acts29 here in Brazil on exactly that subject. And I think this book could be part of the answers to my prayers in this regard.

  • HIS Hearts Cry

    My wife and I are missionaries to El Salvador, and recently God has been challenging us to become better stewards. Not that we are in a mess financially, but rather feeling that in order for us be able to walk fully in that which He has planned for our lives, we will need to become even better at managing finances. We can see where we think God is taken us and the ministry, but we are realizing that for that to happen, we need to become godlier with our talents…

    – Scott

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  • Luke

    I am a young guy trying to plan out my life. I think this book would be incredibly helpful!

  • chajulian

    My pastor is using this book as a “practical resource” for a sermon series that we’re doing this month called “A Theology of Generosity”. I like the content and I would like a copy (please?)

    • chajulian

      let me add: I like the content a LOT. :)

  • Luke Middleton

    I’d like a copy of the book because, thanks to the miracle of MP3s, a couple of years ago I benefited greatly from one of Jaime’s sermons on the topic of work and finances. The content of the teaching challenged me and I’d look forward to following it up by reading this book.

  • Hisidea

    Why I want the book? I just have too many answers running on my mind right now and so I thought I would just share of the ‘journey’ I went through today, December 10–the day I stumbled upon this blog and was challenged to post a comment to get the chance of being picked to win a book. Not bad. I still have almost an entire day to arrange my thoughts before Mr Michael announces the winner.
    *on Dec 10 (time in HKT)
    12:45 AM I just got off the phone with a client and as I have always done during my off peak hours at work, I searched through the list of blog posts my friend shared with me. Then, I came across Michael Hyatt’s link to this article. I got so fired up and excited to go home so I could start arranging my thoughts and be able to write a creative comment that would win me the book.
    5:50 AM I got home from work. And yet with all the things I still needed to do, my mind is just focused on one thing—the book. Or maybe on Mr Mike’s blog itself. It just occupied my thoughts that I found myself keying these words in my mobile’s notepad. But then I could not think further so I thought I will give myself a good (night) sleep first.
    11:58AM As I rise from bed, the image of the book and all that I could possibly learn from it has not departed me at all. But as I continue to write this, I am arguing whether this is really creative enough to catch Mike’s attention. Oh, that no longer matters. I feel that I still I have to post this even if it appears like a diary more than a comment. :) Because for one, I want to tell Mr Michael that I was held captive by this whole thing that I was just so willing to let go of a few hours of sleep to make it to the deadline ;)
    Why I want this book? Now I am certain – I desire to restore that lifestyle I once had of taking joy on every single penny that I bring back to Him. I want to tell God that I trust Him through my giving.
    And even if I don’t get handpicked to win this, I am still determined to get a coy of this book and share it with my friends, my family. :)
    Big thanks for sharing this. :)

  • http://www.pennybugmom.com Kindra

    Thank you, thank you. My husband and I have two boys under two and are living off of his student stipend.

    I have a website about saving money to help show others how it is possible for us to stay out of debt and for me to stay at home while managing our finances through pinching pennies in some areas. I would love to learn from this book and share on my site the things I learn! http://www.pennybugmom.com

    Thanks again.

  • Jase

    i would love a copy of the book, as i am currently praying through how my family can give more, and i would also like to see what it has to say about Biblical advice on savings.

  • Tim Davis

    I will read the book if i win one and i would say the reason i would like it is to just find more effective ways to communicate to people on this very important topic.

  • http://twitter.com/obihaive Joseph Sanchez

    I may be a little late on this post but I just wanted to say speaking about money in the church is always difficult -particularly in our culture. Television is saturated with tv evangelists that promise prosperity through financial giving and it gives the gospel a bad image at times. If this book can help me change that image I’d love a copy.

  • http://nathanharbottle.blogspot.com Nathan H

    I am excited about winning the book. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this great gift. I look forward to reading it. Thank you again.

  • ND

    Has anyone considered that most New Testament scholars believe that under the New Covenant we aren’t bound by giving in percentages (ie: tithing)? Very interesting study….

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Very interesting. In order to claim that “most New Testament scholars believe … we aren’t bound by giving percentages,” we’d have to do some research. First, we’d have to know how many bona fide NT scholars there are, which would create another conversation around what qualifications must one have in order to be considered a NT scholar. Then we’d have to survey them or research their writings. Then we’d have to determine if this indeed constitutes a majority.

      I don’t know the answer to this question, so I don’t have any way of evaluating your statement. I certainly know some NT scholars that believe this. However, I know others that are emphatic that whatever is not abrogated in the OT is still binding under the New Covenant.

      Thanks for your comment.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, “most New Testament scholars” is both irrelevant (since we can look for ourselves at what the New Testament says) and a logical fallacy (Appeal to Authority).

        Jesus himself commended the tithe and the practice of tithing is mentioned in the Bible long before the Law came into being.

        Of course, that’s just my reading. I would encourage everyone to read for themselves what the Bible says, since we’re all individually accountable to God for our responses to his revelation. (Appeal to Authority probably doesn’t work well when God takes us to the woodshed.)

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  • http://www.christopherscottblog.typepad.com/ Christopher Scott

    Hi Michael and Jamie,

    I know the book give away has already passed, but I’m glad you are sharing this.

    Our church really struggles in the money department. Even though we have an average weekly attendance of 300 people, our annual budget is $120,000. Very small. This means we barely afford two full-time staffers.

    I’m glad you’ve shared this and are encouraging pastors to study the subject.

    Thanks,
    Christopher S.

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