Tithing is the second book I’ve read from Thomas Nelson’s Ancient Practices Series, and I could not be more disappointed in it. The first book that I read from this series, Sabbath, was enlightening. Tithing, however, was very disappointing.
First of all, Tithing isn’t about tithing. Author Douglas LeBlanc has instead written a series of interviews with different people about their experiences in giving. Most of the stories that he relates bear no resemblance to the scriptural mandate of tithing, but rather focus on social activism.
Second, LeBlanc, a religion journalist, has selected nearly all of his stories from religious fringe groups, emergent philosophies, and liberal churches. And as a result, he shares nothing that is even instructional about the concept of tithing.
The stories were somewhat interesting, but in a way that created a response such as, “Hmmm, that was nice…” I found almost nothing of significant substance to take away from this book.
The one story that I found more than mildly interesting was the story of Randy Alcorn’s work with the pro-life movement, and his subsequent involvement in the lawsuit brought against the abortion clinic protestors. But once again, this really had nothing to do with the biblical principle of the tithe.
Over all, I found Tithing to be very disappointing. There are many other resources available on the topic that do a much better job teaching it.
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