By: Douglas Leblanc
The Ancient Practice Series by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
This is the seventh book I’ve read in the Ancient Practices Series from Thomas Nelson. I’ve really enjoyed the other books in the series, finding myself pleasantly surprised with the approach each author has taken with their individual subject and title. In this, Tithing: Test Me in This, I had a particular curiosity. Money has always been a tricky topic in church conversations and it continues to be a subject that illicits strong opinion even today. It is with that understanding and for that reason I wanted to read this book.
As a pastor-theologian, I am familiar with the doctrine behind tithing and I am very well versed with what the Bible says about the subject of money. I was hopeful this effort would not be rife with a clinical or academic study, and I was hopeful that there would not be a strong bias favoring one doctrinal position over another with respect to tithing. Not only were my hopes met, but they were exceeded exponentially with the unbiased and respectful “journalistic documentary” approach to this study by Douglas LeBlanc.
While there are eleven chapters, there are (technically) fourteen “portraits” (including the perspectives given in the introduction, forward, and epilogue) providing the reader with perspective and instruction in the discipline of the tithe. I loved (loved, loved, loved) the diversity of reporting. Each portrait (chapter) brings with it new perspective, life-experience, and church history to help develop full-bodied and holistic understanding to what the tithe is, how the tithe works, and what the expected outcome of the tithe should be. My sense of hope and my love for the Church was renewed reading these “real life” docu-dramas. I found it to be a pleasantly refreshing experience in light of the negative spotlight that is most often cast upon the church when the subject of money is spoken of.
I have immense appreciation for the efforts taken in this book, Tithing, by Douglas LeBlanc. I hope others will read it and be blessed with the same experience as I.
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