Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

Title: The Treasure Principle
Author: Randy Alcorn
Genre: Religion
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Published: 2005
Pages: 128

Rating: 1 out of 10

Randy Alcorn, a pastor in Oregon, has written a string of small, pocket-sized books with inviting covers.

This one, The Treasure Principle, invites you to be free of worldly treasures, and store up eternal treasures in Heaven instead.

The tone of this book is urgent, excited, and infectious.

However, I had expected that Alcorn would lean more toward pleasing God than pleasing himself / yourself by giving riches away. The premise he lays out to his readers is that if you give away a penny here on earth, you'll get a penny saved for you up in Heaven. If you give away millions, you'll get millions. It's a win-win!
So... if you believe this... you aren't really giving up anything. You're just saving money for yourself - indeed, better money, since money in Heaven lasts for forever and ever.

I feel that he has revealed his selfishness here, and perhaps his adopted practice of giving has led to a longing for wealth (which, if this book is correct, he has waiting for him).

True, the book did not focus wholly on saving up riches "for yourself," but it certainly was what I took away from it, in quite strong doses.